Brian Gurley -
Brian is a native of upstate South Carolina where he graduated from Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina with an Associate’s Degree in Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and Resources. Brian held a wide variety of positions, including owning a pet store, substitute school teacher and being a police officer before being called into the ministry. He served full time as Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry at Saint John’s UMC in Anderson for ten years. He then served as an Area Coordinator in Residence Life at Anderson University for four years before coming to Saint Paul in June of 2009. Now, Brian has over twenty five years of Youth Ministry experience.
Brian enjoys woodworking, raising chickens and being a honey bee keeper! The best things about Brian are his beautiful wife Erin of ten years, eight year old son Landon and their two Dachshunds Pennie and Honey. email@example.com
Dr. William J. Weisser -
Dr. William J. Weisser now retired as Minister of Music at Edenton St. United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC where he had been responsible for seven singing choirs, three handbell choirs, three dance ensembles and instrumental ensembles with over 460 participants for over 35+ years. He was the Conductor and Artistic Director of the Capital Area Chorale, a mixed voice community choir for 11 years. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor on the faculty of North Carolina State University where he directed the University Singers for 5 years. He served as Interim Director of Music at Centenary UMC in New Bern, NC 2011 – 2012.; as the Interim Music Minister at First UMC in Rocky Mount, NC 2012 – 2013; an most recently Interim Director of Music and Organist at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, NC, and Interim Organist at Hayes Barton UMC in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Weisser is now substituting as needed in churches of various denominations in the Raleigh and Wilmington areas.
Dr. Weisser is a graduate of Westminster Choir College where he studied Organ with Theodore C. Herzel, Dr. George Markey and Dr. Donald McDonald; Conducting with Robert Simpson, Robert Carwithen and Arthur Sjogren; and Voice with Robert Pate, Ramon Kyser and Arthur Sjogren. At Westminster he was a member of the world famous Westminster Choir which toured Puerto Rico. He has done graduate work in Sacred Music at Indiana University under Dr. Oswald Ragatz. Dr. Weisser received a Doctor of Humanities degree from Methodist College in May, 1997. He was also ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the United Methodist Church in June, 1997.
He has served as Dean of the Joliet, Ill. and Central North Carolina Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. He is a member of the Chorister's Guild serving as President of the Eastern North Carolina Chapter; The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers; The National Association of Teachers of Singing; The American Choral Director's Association; and the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts which he served as National President and many other Conference, Jurisdictional and General Church agencies having served as the Chairperson for the North Carolina Conference Worship Commission.
Dr. Weisser has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony. He has performed many organ recitals in the Southeast and is in demand as an accompanist for oratorios as well as a Choral Conductor. He has served on the faculty of Louisburg College and was Interim Conductor of the Raleigh Oratorio Society.
He was the founding Director of the Children's Choir of Duke Chapel. He has published with Abingdon Press. Dr. Weisser was invited to give a pre-
In August, 1986, the Edenton St. UM Church Chancel Choir sang the publisher's premiere of John Rutter's Requiem, with the composer conducting. In May, 1989, his Chancel Choir was invited to sing at a Memorial Day Concert at Carnegie Hall performing Mozart's Requiem with the Manhattan Philharmonic conducted by George Albrecht of Hamburg, Germany. In 1993, his Chancel Choir was invited by the Russian Government to sing on a special state sponsored concert series in Moscow. The Chancel Choir was invited to sing at the International music festival, Piccolo Spoleto, USA in Charleston, South Carolina during May 2001, 2002 and again in 2006. For Memorial Day 2008 the Chancel Choir sang Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Andre Thomas. In 2011 the Chancel Choir sang the Requiem by Maurice Durufle at the historic Christ Church Episcopal in Savannah, Georgia. He was selected to appear in Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Who's Who in Religion, and named International Man of the Year for 1992/1993 and 1996 by the International Biographical Center in Cambridge England. In 2001he released a CD of 20th century organ works titled “Music for A Sunday Afternoon”.
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Charlene Reese -
Charlene came to St. Paul in 2006 after many years in corporate work. What a wonderful change! She had no idea of the many blessings she would receive by joining the St. Paul Family. It is her prayer than she can repay the many acts of Christian kindness she has received. Charlene can’t imagine being anywhere else and is so proud to be a part of the ministry team at St. Paul. Charlene was married to Danny Reese in 2008. She has a daughter and son-
Beverly Anderson -
Beverly has been blessed to serve at St. Paul since 1993. She finds great fulfillment in the role of support staff as Office Manager/Financial Secretary. Even though she is not a member of St. Paul, Beverly considers St. Paul as her second church family. Beverly married Herb Anderson in the St. Paul garden in June of 2007. She is the proud mother two children, Clifton who resides in LaGrange with his wife Jeana and their four children, Gideon, Gauge,Garrison and MillieGrace and Amber, who served as a missionary teacher in Lima, PERU until 2012 and now teaches in a Christian school in Maryland. Beverly’s desire is that everyone who visits the St. Paul Church Office will leave feeling like they have been with Jesus Christ.