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.
Lucas continued to serve parishes in the Central Ohio area while he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management from Franklin University and a Master’s degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. While at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lucas and a couple church music friends worked to create Cantor Connection, a local chapter of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and developed a series of hymn festivals and educational encounters for local Church Musicians featuring nationally-known Church Musicians. Lucas served Kenyon College as Accompanist and Wedding Organist and Mount Vernon Nazarene University as Accompanist and Organist, and taught both Class Piano and Private Organ. He has served in various capacities in community music as well - over the years he was Choral Director of the Big Walnut Community Chorus, the Sunbury Singers and most recently for the Hilliard Chorus, a group created to present Messiah every December, which under his guidance established a Spring Concert Series and was officially named the Hilliard Community Chorus. In 2013, (having originally been licensed in 1998) Lucas was re-licensed as a Realtor in the State of Ohio. He currently works with Weichert, Realtors - offering his expertise to the various markets in Central Ohio.
In 2006, Lucas and Amanda Meloy were married next door at First Presbyterian Church, at the time Lucas was serving as Director of Music Ministries and Organist. Some of the church folk, including the Interim Pastor’s wife and Amanda’s mother, are the reason Amanda and Lucas met! Amanda graduated from Mount Vernon High School, Denison University and Xavier University. She teaches grades 1-3 at Columbus Montessori Education Center, near Bexley.
In 2009 the Weisses moved to Mount Vernon and purchased a home on East Gambier Street, a renovation project that Lucas refers to in many ways - one of the nicer names is The White Beast! When not making music or working real estate, you will find Lucas in the yard or working on a project inside. Or, if he has a Sunday off, the Weisses enjoy a quick trip to Ohio’s northern shore for brunch at Mon Ami Winery and some quiet time by the Marblehead Lighthouse. Lucas and Amanda share their home with an energetic dog, Lily, and a frisky cat, Trixie.