Dennis Douglas is our music director, organist, and choir director. He is more recently from Madison, Wisconsin, but was born in Tampa. He graduated from Wartburg College, an ELCA college in Waverly, Iowa. He introduces many wonderful hymns from our hymnal and is a good steward of our musical talents.
The following statement from the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM), a professional organization to which Dennis belongs, speaks clearly about what Lutheran church musicians are called to do.
“We proclaim God’s Word, Jesus Christ, in worship, through music. We are shaped by the Lutheran tradition as a confessing movement in the church catholic, and are rooted and guided by the western catholic musical and liturgical tradition. We are also responsive to our local contexts and cultures. We simultaneously care for our congregations’ local musical heritage and tradition while being bridge builders to the ever-emerging songs of the church. We delight in the riches from our past, as well as the gems in our new songs. We incorporate global music, the music of many nations and cultures, into worship. In short, we have a love of the past, a passion for the present, and excitement for the future.”
In the words of our Lord, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matt. 13:52). We are thankful for the faithful music ministry of Dennis in our congregational life.