Chancel Choir Director and Organist
Twenty-eight years ago this fall, at the age of fourteen, Lucas Weiss began his church music career when he was asked to play for one Sunday a month at Condit Presbyterian Church, not far from his family’s home in Sunbury, Ohio. Lucas is the fourth and youngest child of a Presbyterian clergy couple. His father Rev. F. Wayne Weiss was interim at First Presbyterian, Mount Vernon back in the early nineties. His mother Rev. Carol Weiss was the 40th woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1967 -- something Lucas is extremely proud to share with anyone who will listen! It was when his father was Interim Pastor next door that Lois Brehm took notice of Lucas and his piano skills, and realizing that a Pastor’s family has limited funds, offered to give Lucas organ lessons for free! And the rest, they say, is history! Lois and Lucas shared time on Saturday mornings for quite awhile and then Lucas was invited to explore the Organist Training Program at Methesco. While in high school, Lucas enrolled in the Certification Program at Methesco and began studying with Sally Casto, Organist at the seminary and at Asbury United Methodist Church. In 1996, a year after high school graduation, Lucas was honored as the youngest graduate of the Organist Training Program.
Wesley Ringers Director
Mary says she, "feels closest to God when she’s singing." This is apparent in the way Mary Kepple lives her life and teaches, not only children, but all of us. For Mary, music has always connected her to God and to others.
Administrative Assistant, Finance Secretary
It was a slow dance. When I first noticed Jan Talbott several years ago, I could just barely see her through the window in the office into the copy room. Who is that? I wondered. Next I found her at Colleen’s desk where she would help fill in occasionally. Jan would greet with a smile, answer the many questions sent her way and offer sweet words to the kids. During our next couple encounters she shared that she knew my husband’s grandfather and proceeded to tell fascinating stories about him during WWII- colorful, detailed stories about setting up camp for the other soldiers and other tales I hadn’t heard before. And now that comfy "come sit on the front porch and drink some iced tea" feeling appears whenever Jan is around. Jan shows sincere interest in what others have to say and freely shares humorous and endearing tales of her own.
Mission Meal Coordinator
As the new kitchen coordinator I am happy to have the opportunity to serve the Gay Street United Methodist Church and the community.
My family re-located to Knox County from the “deep South”, Athens County, in 2000 when my husband Jeff accepted a job transfer. We spent 13 wonderful years in Athens County enjoying the rolling hills and all things OU! (Go Bobcats).
Middle School & High School Bell Choirs
Well-rounded….she can do anything...that is Heather Stewart! Sewing – did you see her creative quilt piece for the Baker’s quilt....she bakes and decorates cakes...she leads the PTO at Fredericktown Elementary...she directs the Youth handbells...she performs in the Wesley Ringers handbells...she plays flute for our worship service...but the most important role in her life is that of mother to Hannah, Cord and Chase. Heather considers her children her greatest gifts and is very proud of them.
Director of Children & Youth Choirs
Suzy started leading our new Youth Choir this past fall and to say that Suzy loves music is an understatement. Her love of music was nurtured in church as a child, through participating in elementary plays, school band, choir programs and the Ashland Symphony Youth Chorus and especially from her mom. Her daughters, Emily (7) and Madeline (4) both love to sing, too. You see them in the Rainbow Singers and Sunbeam Choirs on Sunday morning here at church.
In 1935, a young fifteen year old girl named Marie Mumaw moved to Mount Vernon with her family from Steam Corners. Little did she know what that move would mean for her and her future family.
Marie’s father worked for the Mount Vernon Bridge Company and had always commuted to work no matter the weather –and that was on State Route 314 when it was a dirt road. I’m sure the move to Mount Vernon made his commute a lot easier. One Sunday morning, soon after arriving in Mount Vernon, their father dropped Marie and her two sisters off at the intersection of Gay Street and Chestnut Street and told them to pick a church. The first church they went into nobody talked to them, so they left. They ventured into our church and were welcomed readily into the fold. Little did Marie know that she was laying the spiritual foundation for her children and grandchildren.
I came away from my interview with Judy and was amazed. Yes, I had known her since I was a kid, but I was surprised to learn so many amazing things about her and her family that I did not know!