July 9, 2015Dear Friends at Christ the King,
I am pleased to announce to you that Nate Crary has accepted our call to serve as Christ the King’s new Director of Worship and Music.
Nate is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, where he sang in the Concordia Choir, serving as its president during his senior year. He is a classically trained violinist, pianist, vocalist, and guitarist. In addition, he has performed on stage in regional opera, fronted a hip-hop band, led worship for youth mission trips in Mexico, played in a rock trio, served as worship leader among Arabic-speaking Palestinian Lutherans, and sung with choirs from as far away as Bethlehem and Dublin.
Closer to home, Nate has served as Worship Coordinator at Green Lake Lutheran Camp, Worship Curator for Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota, and Director of Worship and Music at Hosanna Lutheran, Forest Lake. He has composed several original liturgies, including one written this past Lent with student leaders at the U of M. He served as a guest artist at Mercy Seat Lutheran Church in Northeast Minneapolis, leading them in an original liturgy written during his year in Palestine. A former Youth Outreach Director at St. Andrew’s in Mahtomedi, he recently returned to lead St. Andrew’s version of “Beer and Hymns,” a hymn-sing held in a nearby bar.
Nate will officially begin in mid-August, making himself available from time to time before that to help plan for our upcoming program year. By design, this newly reconfigured position of Director of Worship and Music will work closely with the pastors and other congregational leaders to create the richest possible worship life at CtK. Nate will work to enrich spiritual life at CtK by serving as a primary developer, curator, and leader of our shared worship experience. In this role, Nate will be responsible for the recruitment, training, and oversight of worship participants including (but not limited to) ushers, readers, communion servers, as well as musicians and other special musical guests. As the scope of this role encompasses the complete worship experience extending beyond choral music, we will also call a part-time Choral Director to focus specifically on continuing CtK’s strong choral tradition. That position is now posted on our website. We expect to have a Choral Director in place by early fall, preferably in time for Rally Day, Sept. 13.
During his interviews, Nate shared that the focus of his ministry is intentionally seeking connections between our shared worship and people’s individual faith lives—a theme which emerged from our recent Worship and Music Study. I believe that Nate will be a catalyst for energizing worship and music at CtK, bringing the contagious energy, participatory instincts, and “outside the box” creativity we need in our worship life. Please join me in welcoming him to the Christ the King team, and in offering our prayers to God for a smooth beginning to his ministry among us.
Pastor Peter Hanson
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