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What a wonderful time this has been! While I have been at Christ Church Cranbrook for only three months as Visiting Director of Music, the people here have made a lasting impression on me. In forty years of full-time music ministry, I have never encountered a staff so dedicated to their work nor a congregation of such friendly and appreciative individuals. I have felt very welcome, and I am extremely grateful for that.
The building’s beauty, the lovingly cared-for facilities and environs, the glorious organ, and the wonderful staff make it a joy to come to work each day. I had always known of Christ Church Cranbrook but had never visited; one can only imagine my delight at discovering this place is all I had supposed – and much more. My wife and I have enjoyed poking around and walking the Cranbrook grounds, eating at local restaurants, hearing the DSO, and even taking in a Tigers game. My experience has been nothing short of enjoyable and fulfilling. It is a time I will always cherish.
I am especially thankful to Fr. Bill and Christopher Wells for inviting me to Cranbrook. Fr. Bill and I worked together in Connecticut almost thirty years ago, and it has been a joy to work together again. I have delighted in offering sacred music in the context of the liturgy with the Christ Church Choir, a group of dedicated singers devoted to their task.
And so, it is both with joy and sadness that I take my leave from Christ Church Cranbrook. Thank you for welcoming me into your midst and allowing me to exercise my ministry in this truly extraordinary community.