Furthering my commitment to worship and music

By: Jae Park, Worship & Music Program Coordinator

With excitement I share the news that I have been accepted to the graduate study program in church music at Webster University in St. Louis. I will be joining my significant other, Derek, in St. Louis where he recently finished his medical fellowship in neurology and will begin a job as an attending physician at the same hospital. Sadly, this means that I will be leaving St. John’s and Sacramento. 

My graduate studies will focus on liturgical planning and organ playing, both of which I have learned from Steven Johnson and Ryan Enright during my time at St. John’s. My studies will also include courses in theology, at a seminary located across the street from Webster University.

In thinking about my last days ahead at St. John’s, I am

filled with joyful memories of planning special services, such as Christmas Eve and Easter, singing in the St. John’s Choir and Celebration Singers, and working with willing and dedicated staff and volunteers. I thank you all for giving me the opportunity to serve St. John’s and, more importantly, the glory of God these past three years.

During the past few weeks, Steven and I have been strategic about transitioning my work smoothly and seamlessly to my replacement. Ama Marcelos, Administrative Assistant for the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, has been learning and working diligently so that the detail and organizational components of music ministries continue without interruption. After my last day, Ama will begin working fully as the Interim Worship & Music Program Coordinator. Please give her a warm welcome to St. John’s!

My last day in the church office will be Friday, August 11, and my last Sunday in worship will be August 13. I will leave my contact information with Kevin Lamb at the front office if you would like to contact me. After Bishop Eaton’s visit the first weekend of August, I will be busy making farewell plans with the staff and my friends, and also parting ways with my favorite eateries in town.

As I work towards my goal of becoming a church music director, I ask for your thoughts, prayers, and blessings. I pray and wish for God’s blessings for St. John’s as we live God’s love in the world and celebrate the remainder of our sesquicentennial anniversary.