Music is an integral part of our worship services – it provides an opportunity for reflection, renewal, and religious expression. Music, dance, dramatic scripture readings, and visual arts are all incorporated into worship.
Our 8:45 Sunday morning worship service is a traditional format, with a full choir and our majestic pipe organ. The music for this service is led by our Director of Music and Fine Arts, Maryanne Beery.
Our 11:00 Sunday morning worship service is a contemporary format, with a projection screen and music provided by our Gathering Band, which is led by Marc Felt.
Director of Music and Fine Arts
616-842-6760, ext. 20
Members of the Gathering Band include Marc Felt, Tim Olsen, Bryan Bosch, Nate Howe, Deb Stanley, Rachel Stanley, Meghan Heritage and Aaron Portenga.
Community Artist Series
The Community Artist Series was established to make the performing arts more widely accessible to Grand Haven and the surrounding communities. Financial support from First Presbyterian Church provides these opportunities to the public free of charge.
We have hosted many thrilling musicians and interesting speakers over several seasons.
Individual and corporate sponsorships are available for particular performances or lectures. If you or your company would like to sponsor an event, contact Maryanne Beery in the church office for more information.
About Our Spectacular Pipe Organ
The organ at First Presbyterian Church is properly named “The Ida Broomhead-DeWitt Memorial Pipe Organ, Austin Organs opus 2002.” Ida was a very musical person and when she passed away unexpectedly in 1935 from complications from surgery, part of her estate was donated to First Presbyterian Church for a new pipe organ.
The original organ was installed in the old church in 1937 and moved to the new sanctuary when it was built in 1952. The organ was expanded in 1986 and the antiphonal organ, hooded copper Trumpet en Chamade and a new three manual console were added.
In 2010 a new four manual digital console replaced the 1986 console and changes were made by the Lauck Organ Company of Otsego, Michigan.
With 52 stops, this instrument continues to add to the majesty of our traditional worship service and is used for concerts throughout the year.