There is a place for you in the Music Ministry of St. John’s United Church of Christ!  Prior musical training or experience are not necessary.  There are opportunities for people of all ages.  Music Ministry volunteers learn together, sing together, play instruments together, have fun together, and care for and support one another. The purpose of this ministry is to enrich our worship of God for the glory of God. Complete the form at the bottom of this page and join the St. John's Music Ministry!


The Handbell Choir rehearses Thursday evenings beginning February 5, 2015 from 6:30 to 7:15 in the Choir Room.  Ages: Middle School - Adult

The Chancel Choir rehearses Thursday evenings beginning February 5, 2015 from 7:30 to 8:30 in the Choir Room.  Ages: High School - Adult

Joel Gary, Music Director

Joel Gary, Music Director


Joel Gary serves as Music Director/Organist for St. John's United Church of Christ.

Joel began playing the organ at age nine. He has established himself as a performer and teacher for both church and theatre organ. A Grand Rapids native, Joel served as staff organist at "Good Time Charley's" until it closed in 1991.  His affair with that well-known Wurlitzer organ continued as he worked with the G.M. Buck Pipe Organ Company to restore and install the instrument in the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Westfield Organ Company has been Joel's 'day job' since 2000, and he is a staff organist at the Grand Ledge Opera House.  Joel is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Theatre Organ Society.


If you would like to join the Music Ministry at St. John's United Church of Christ, or to receive more information, please complete the form below.  Our music director, Joel Gary, will contact you by email or telephone.

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If you are interested in music ministry for children, please ask for more information in the comments section.
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