Kevin Barger has served as the Director of Music Ministry at Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia since 1997. At Epiphany, he has responsibility for serving as the church’s organist as well as leading adult and children’s vocal choirs, adult handbells, brass and wind/string ensembles as well as youth music activities. In addition to his work at Epiphany, Kevin serves as the assistant accompanist for the Richmond Symphony Chorus as well as singing tenor with the group. Kevin serves on the worship committee for the Virginia Synod, and he has served as an instructor for the Synod’s Power in the Spirit on several occasions. Kevin received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Thiel College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He enjoys running and spending time with his wife and three children and engaging them in the work of the church.
Robert Hobby is Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, IN, where he oversees nine ensembles and cares for the assembly’s song. Beyond Trinity’s ministry, Bob enjoys serving the broader church as composer, clinician, and hymn festival leader. An early member of ALCM, Bob has played and presented for both national and regional conferences, created and coordinated the 10th anniversary ALCM hymn festival (held simultaneously at 100 sites), chaired Young Lutherans Sing, hosted two Region 1 conferences in Fort Wayne (1996 and 2016), and served on various planning committees.
Michael Krentz, a Deacon in the ELCA, serves as Director of Music/Organist at Christ Lutheran Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He received Bachelor, Master, and Doctor of Music degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Krentz is currently convener of the Worship Team of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, ELCA, and has served in the leadership of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, including as chairperson of ALCM’s 1997 national conference, president of Region 1, and national Secretary/Treasurer.
Region 1 President
Jeremy J. Bankson serves as the Director of Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Dublin, Ohio where he leads a dynamic and developing music ministry that includes several choirs and the Concerts at Prince of Peace Series. Past positions have included serving as the Associate Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, the organ instructor at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, the Associate Director of Music at Trinity English Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and as the Director of Music at St. John Lutheran Church in Beatrice, Nebraska. Active as a composer and arranger, he has led workshops, clinics, and hymn festivals for the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, Augsburg Fortress and other churches and institutions around the country. His compositions can be found in the catalogs of MorningStar Music Publishers, Augsburg Fortress Press and Concordia Publishing House and have been heard on the nationally syndicated radio programs Sing for Joy, The Lutheran Hour, and With Heart and Voice.
Region 2 President
Tony Cruz has served as Cantor for St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, FL since 2006. In addition to serving as the organist, he accompanies and directs the vocal choirs and directs the handbell choir. Tony has a BA in Music from Jacksonville University and an MA in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, OH). He is an active member of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists and performs regularly (as a singer) with RareSong, an early music ensemble.
Region 3 President
Jim Hild retired January 1, 2018 from his position at All Saints Lutheran church after 28 years. During that time he was the organist, choir director for all the vocal, brass and handbell choirs, and coordinated all the worship services. Jim holds degrees from the University of Jamestown (ND) and the University of Minnesota. His organ teachers include Dr. Dean Billmeyer, Dr. Kathy Hanford and Harald Vogel (sabbatical study). Principal choral teachers have been Dr. Thomas Lancaster, Kathy Romey, and Helmuth Rilling. Jim has served ALCM as chair of the 2007 National conference in Houston. He has also served on the Twin Cities American Guild of Organists board of directors. He currently is a section leader in the Minnesota Chorale, and has previously occupied the same position with the National Lutheran choir.
Region 4 President
Tom Mueller is Assistant Professor of Church Music and University Organist at Concordia University in Irvine, California, where he teaches organ, jazz, and composition. Dr. Mueller maintains an active performance schedule and has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. A committed educator for musicians of all skill levels and backgrounds, he has presented numerous workshops, masterclasses, and lectures, and has served as a faculty member for the American Guild of Organist’s Pipe Organ Encounter (POE) program. He currently serves on the national Committee for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE) of the AGO. Mueller earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Higgs. He currently resides in Orange County with his wife Kristina and their two children.
Director at Large
Karen Foote is Music Director and Organist at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Munster, Indiana. She directs and teaches music classes of all ages in the church and school settings. Her role as worship planner includes all regular and special services of the congregation. She also directs most of the varied choral and instrumental ensembles. Karen has spent her career in music and elementary education in New York, Michigan, and Indiana children’s choral programs and music curricula.
Director at Large
Carol Churchill Born and raised in the home of a church organist in Fairbanks, Alaska, music was as much a part of Carol’s formative years as was snow on the ground. Excellent early instruction and encouragement prepared her for a vocation as a church organist. Carol was fortunate to study organ during high school with Dr. James Johnson (University of Alaska) and later studied with Mary Helen Thompson (Pacific Lutheran University), Katie Adelman, and Norma Aamodt-Nelson. In 2006, Carol was conference registrar for the regional conference, and in 2011 she served on the local arrangements committee for the biennial conference – both in Seattle. With guidance from Jim Rindelaub and Arletta Anderson, Carol secured a grant from Seattle AGO completing the full endowment of the ALCM Norma Aamodt-Nelson Student Scholar Fund. This work has provided Carol keen awareness of the extraordinary leadership that has and continues to serve our organization. Since 1992, Carol has served Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church as shared-time organist. Prior to that she was privileged to serve 10 years with Katie Adelman at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church in Bellevue, WA. Some of Carol’s ALCM colleagues also know of her work with the largest seaplane company in the U.S., Kenmore Air, where she is always ready to share the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience. Carol and Mark have three children and seven grandchildren.