On behalf of the Session and Music Director Search committee, I’m pleased to announce that Gail Robins will begin on July 15 as our new Director of Music and Organist. Since 2005, Gail has served as the Minister of Music/Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Oakville, MO. Prior to that she was the Associate Pastor for Music Ministries at Kirkwood Baptist Church. She holds a Master’s in Church Music from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. While there she studied privately with Mark Hayes, a well-known composer of sacred music. Gail is married to Robin and between them they have 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren. In her “leisure” time she enjoys “grandkid time”, cooking, and digital/graphic Photoshop projects. They live in Kirkwood.

I want to thank Leslie Barnes, Danny Mortimer, Kathy Sherrick and Beth Willock for serving on the Music Director Search Committee. They’ve worked patiently and diligently over the past year! I also want to thank Peter Nettling, our Interim Director of Music and Organist, for serving Faith Des Peres since last September. I very much appreciate him sharing his musical gifts with all of us. Annie Epling