We are pleased to announce that, effective July 1, Dr. Carl Johengen will formally join the Asbury First team as the new Director of Music Ministry. Carl has been serving this year as the Interim Director of the Sanctuary Choir and was the unanimous choice of the search committee. His reputation for excellence, giftedness with people, and faithful spirit have already made a lasting impact on our community and we are excited to welcome him into this reinstated role at Asbury First.
This full-time position has been made possible through a restructuring of the current music staff and the generosity of several members. In May, our long-time Director of the Asbury Singers, Brian Bohrer, stepped down from his position in order to make it possible to hire a full-time Director. Brian made this decision because he believes the mission and ministry of Asbury First is best served by a return to a full-time director. We are deeply grateful to Brian for all of the ways he has led and served at Asbury First, and we look forward to seeing how his gifts will be used in the future.
We are grateful to the many members who have made gifts in order to fund this position for the rest of this year. We are thrilled to announce that one member has made an endowment gift to fund part of this position in perpetuity. When fully funded, The Helen Fultz Music Fund will help ensure our ongoing commitment to music at Asbury First. Dan Fultz, the creator of this fund, has graciously endowed this position in memory of Helen Fultz, his dear wife of 62 years, honoring our memory of her in this meaningful way. Look for more information about the Helen Fultz Music Fund, including an interview with Dan, and the opportunity to contribute to this fund, in the next issue of The Visitor.
Please join us in welcoming Carl in his new role and thanking all of those who helped make this position possible.