Meet Our Music Ministries Director
Hope Fields: Music Ministries Director
Originally from Farmville,North Carolina, Hope majored in Music at East Carolina University. She has been a resident of Marietta, Ga for 18 years. She moved here with her husband,Andy, who is a 4th generation Mariettan, not a common find anymore. They have 3 children, Connor, Morgan,and Zack. Hope also works at Kennestone Hospital in the operating room. Surgery is her vocation,but music, especially church music,is her advocation. Hope says it is a pleasure to be back at St. Paul, her church since 2000.
Meet Our Music Accompanist
Dorothy McCracken: Accompanist
Dorothy was born and grew up in Albany Georgia. She studied music from age 6, and started playing for worship services at age 13. She has an associates degree in music from Darton College (formerly known as Albany Junior College). Dorothy and her husband Ernest were married in 1976 and moved to the Atlanta area in 1978. They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Dorothy started playing at St. Paul in 1981, but took some time off in the early 2000’s when her father became ill. She later returned but left again in 2009; She is delighted to be back.
Meet Our NewLife Worship Leader
Lauren Murphy: Contemporary Worship Leader
From Powder Springs, GA, Lauren began her musical career playing hand bells at age 7. Her musical skills expanded to include basic piano and eventually clarinet, saxophone, and guitar. Lauren received her Bachelor’s in Music Therapy and Clarinet Performance from Illinois State University. Lauren now teaches privately in the Greater Atlanta area and plays with Tara Winds and Golden Bells of Atlanta. Lauren enjoys growing produce on her patio, spending time with her husband (Ryan), dog (Pepper), and bunny (Sophie). Lauren hopes to one day learn to play the organ and own chickens.
Music at St. Paul UMC
Similar to many mid-sized churches in the USA, the music ministry of St. Paul UMC is experiencing a renewal led by God. We are transitioning from primarily having a traditional choir format in music selection and approach into being a Worship Leading Choir! In fact, we don’t call ourselves ‘the choir’ anymore! We are the Worship Ensemble. We recognize that until our hearts, minds, and souls are passionately glorifying Jesus and drawing the congregation with us, worship has not happened as fully as possible. We are not about performance; we are about willingly revealing on the outside what God is doing on the inside. We sing for God as our audience, yet understand our calling to musically ‘usher’ the congregation into the presence of the Almighty. We use any style of music which will best reinforce the scripture of the day; therefore, the music selection is very diverse. Showing great talent is not primary. Being a cheerful servant with strong character and faithfulness to commitment is primary. The gifts of soloists, instrumentalists, and other musical combinations are exercised throughout the year.