Welcome Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
With the establishment of a new Anglican Province in North America (the ACNA), much has been gained. Together, we have experienced a renewal of commitment to the Gospel, a new and better church polity, new and restored houses of worship, new international partners, a new and improved Prayer Book and Psalter and for many, too many blessings to number.
Much also has been lost. Many have encountered a loss of church friendships and members, loss of buildings and property, loss of hymnals, and organs, and pianos, and music libraries used in the work of worship and in continuing our rich musical heritage as Anglicans.
The focus of the Provincial Music Task Force is to provide resources, teachings, and aids to help the local parish in their worship and to restore and to equip current and future leaders in their work of ministry. In this, we know it all has to begin somewhere; to begin with priests and musicians with a calling and a joy upon their hearts to work as a team to more effectively lead God’s people in worship through music.
In this light, your Music Task Force has begun its work to provide resources for the full range of musical expression across the Province: traditional hymnody, songs of praise, anthems, chant, and service music as well as resources for new and existing choirs, folk groups and praise teams, keyboardists, handbells, and the vital Pastor/Church Musician relationship. Some resources will be downloadable and printable, some will be instructional videos or Q & A teachings, and some will be links to quality websites supporting the work of liturgical music and worship. Do visit the ACNA Music Resources page often as new updates and fresh content will be arriving soon. I am
Yours in Christ,
Mark Williams, Chair ACNA Music Task Force, Christ Church Anglican, Savannah, GA
ACNA MUSIC TASK FORCE
ABOUT YOUR MUSIC TASK FORCE
Mark Williams. Mark was chosen to chair the ACNA Music Task Force by Archbishop Robert Duncan. Mark has served as the Parish Musician at historic Christ Church Anglican (1733) in Savannah, Georgia since 1998. having served previously in a full-time capacity in Seattle, Houston, and Orlando. His current church separated from the Episcopal Church in 2007, fought a long battle in the courts, lost their historic building, met in a local Presbyterian Church for several years, and have now restored a local historic church building in Savannah into their new church home. Of interest, Christ Church Anglican has had several notable rectors lead their historic church: The Rev. John Wesley (while at Christ Church founded the first Sunday School in America and wrote the first English Hymnal printed by a company owned by Benjamin Franklin), The Rev. George Whitefield (famous preacher of the Great Awakening in the American Colonies and a founder of The Evangelical Movement), and The Rev. Bland Tucker (writer of many beloved Anglican hymns, only John Mason Neale is credited with more items in The Hymnal 1982). Clearly, Mark enjoys walking in and carrying on this rich history as the parish’s chief musician.
Serving at Christ Church as a full-time Pastoral Church Musician, Mark is best known for leading a Music Ministry rather than a Music Program (which includes adult, children’s, and Compline choirs, a touring/outreach youth handbell choir, as well as an instrumental Folk Group/Praise Team that leads singing during communion). Mark is a gifted teacher and music educator and comes from a long lineage of educators. He also regularly composes for the church, having written three service music Masses and numerous anthems, hymns, and Psalm settings. Furthermore, his lovely wife Tina is a professional soprano soloist and runs a large voice studio out of the church. (Both have their Masters, Mark in Church Music and Tina in Vocal Performance, from Seattle Pacific University and Peabody Conservatory/Georgia Southern University respectively.)
Interestingly, during his college years, Mark was a part of the music scene at Church of the Redeemer, Houston under Betty Pulkingham and later George Mims. Redeemer was a leader in the Renewal and Charismatic movements and was the church that led Mark to his calling in Pastoral Music Ministry. This time was followed by Dr. Peter Hallock serving as a significant mentor to Mark while in Graduate School at Seattle Pacific University and Mark’s later serving on the University’s music faculty. Peter Hallock was well-known for bringing the unique weekly Office of Compline to St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle. During this time, Mark began composing sacred music and found a deep interest in Compline as a way of reaching out to the local community. Christ Church’s weekly service of Compline, sung by an auditioned ecumenical choir, does just that attracting many seekers, tourists, and High School and College students.
Following his time in Seattle, Mark participated in the high church music ministry of St. Luke’s Cathedral in Orlando under Canon Ben Lane. Mark met his wife Tina there and his years of organ playing came alive again in his time at the cathedral. Additionally, he spent two intensive summer studies under composer and song leader Alice Parker on her farm in western Massachusetts. This was a formative time for Mark studying hymn leading and arranging, the characteristics of good melody, and furthering the skill of composition. And finally, his many years of interest in designing and constructing church organs led him to design and to build the 56-rank Hauptwerk Williams Opus 3 organ for his home church of Christ Church Anglican in Savannah.
All this to say, Mark gives all credit and much thanks to the Lord for the breadth and gift of these many experiences. Experiences which allow him to walk joyfully in our Province’s high churches, low churches, and everything in between churches as well as within all styles of sacred music, without prejudice. Mark is well-known for two sayings. First, “I really don’t care so much about what the style of the music is. What I care about is whether the music is well-crafted, if it is singable, and if it is appropriate for liturgical worship, the church season, and the lections of the day.” And second, “I want people who visit our church not to leave worship talking about what a great music ministry our church has, but about what a great God we all have!”
Mark concludes with this, “I am simultaneously excited and humbled by the calling to lead the much needed work of the Provincial Music Task Force. And in this, look forward to pulling together and to working with the members of the Task Force as they share with you their learnings from their own rich experiences of worship and music from across the Province.”
The Venerable Dr. Darrell Critch. As a member of the Liturgy and Common Worship Task Force, Darrell also served as the first chair of the Music Task Force. He serves as rector of the Anglican Church of the Good Samaritan in St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada. In addition to having his Doctor of Ministry, Fr. Darrell also holds degrees in both music and music education and was the primary translator of the New Coverdale Psalter included in our Province’s new Book of Common Prayer.
Jeremy Redmond. Jeremy serves as both the Youth Ministry Associate and the Music Associate at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Tallahassee, Florida. He is also a wiz at music typesetting and is currently working on typesetting the Province’s new Altar Missal.
MORE MEMBERS TO COME IN 2019-2020!