David Allen Named Director of Ministries in Music and Arts
Following a year-long national search, Pinnacle is delighted to announce that Mr. David Allen will be joining Pinnacle as our new Director of Ministries in Music and Arts in late January, with his first Sunday leading music to be January 28. At their November meeting, Session reviewed and affirmed the recommendation from Dr. Wesley Avram and the Music Ministry Search Committee, chaired by Susan Forrest.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, David is currently the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Kingwood United Methodist Church in Houston, TX. David is also the associate conductor of EVŌK, a semi-professional chamber choir in residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood. David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Education from the Cline School of Music at North Greenville University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of South Carolina.
David is a French horn player, conductor, and singer. Prior to a full-time ministry, David was the Director of Bands at Blue Ridge High School in Greenville, SC. Under his direction, the Bands of Blue Ridge won two back-to-back state championships in marching, and scored superior in all state and national concert events. Before coming to Texas, David was the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Bethany United Methodist in Summerville, SC where he enjoyed the revitalization of a music program that became a flagship program for traditional churches in the state.
"We’re blessed by his enthusiasm to join us, and I know that you’ll soon see what I and the search committee saw in him." commented Dr. Avram.
Many thanks to our search committee: Susan Forrest (Chair), Steve Crosby, Carrol Svedeen, Erin Boyd, Marilyn Sorenson, Kim Schaller, Mike Hegeman, Jacque Olmert, Nancy Schamadan, Christine Kilbridge, and Jennifer Wood. Special thanks also to Dr. Sharon Hansen, Interim Director of Music and the Arts and Brandon Burns, Interim Organist for all they did to assure success in this search.
Watch for details to follow as we plan celebrations to thank Sharon for her work among us, and welcome David.