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Worship Ministry Transition

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If you have been a part of our Chapel family in any capacity over the past two decades, then you have been impacted by the ministry of Ted Cornell, the Chapel’s Minister of Worship. Ted arrived at the Chapel over 19 years ago after serving for several decades with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Immediately upon his arrival, Ted established a culture of professionalism and musical excellence for our Worship Ministry that continues today.

Throughout his time here at the Chapel, God has used Ted to point countless people to our Savior, Jesus Christ, through his leadership of our music ministries, as well as through his giftedness as a classically trained pianist. It was through Ted’s leadership and vision that our church first began hosting our annual Christmas Concerts, which reach thousands of folks every year with the true meaning and good news of Christmas. Ted’s heart has always been to use music to prepare the hearts of people for the preaching of God’s word. Our Chapel family has been so blessed to have a faithful and humble leader like Ted who has sought to use his gifts for God’s kingdom and glory.

Last year, Ted informed our church’s leadership that he intends to retire from his current role at the end of this calendar year. Ted and his wife, Zandra, are looking forward to the chance to spend more time with their children and grandchildren. We are excited for Ted and Zandra as they embrace this next chapter of life.

Words cannot adequately describe how grateful we are for everything Ted has done for our community of faith over the past 19 years. Nevertheless, we would like to thank Ted in three specific ways:

  1. 1) We will host a reception for Ted on January 7th from 5:00-6:30 pm in our Foyer. This gathering will include food and a time of special music.
  2. 2) We have established the e-mail address  for you to send specific words of thanks to Ted for his faithfulness in leading worship here at the Chapel.
  3. 3) Our church leadership unanimously voted to bestow upon Ted the title of "Minister of Worship Emeritus," effective January 1st. "Emeritus" is a Latin term that was used to describe a "veteran soldier." Ted has indeed served faithfully for over 6 decades as a soldier in the army of Jesus Christ, and we are truly grateful for his humility and commitment to our Worship Ministry here.

Ted's retirement will have a large impact not only on our Worship Ministry but also on our larger church body. Therefore, we have contacted a facilitator named Richard Kidd from the Dingman Company (an organization that specializes in leadership placements for churches and non-profits where a “faith-fit” is vital) to help us navigate through this transition. This past Fall, Richard conducted a "listening tour," which included feedback from our elders, staff, Worship Ministry volunteer leaders, and several from our church body. Richard has compiled his findings in a report that was presented to our elders. The feedback confirmed that our church is dedicated to exceptional, blended, intergenerational, and integrated worship. The elders are also committed to this vision for our church's Worship Ministry. The next step in our process is for our leadership to develop an opportunity profile for the new Worship Ministry position and begin the search for that position in January. We are prepared for this transitional period and we are excited to see how God will provide for our Worship Ministry as well as for our church. Following a brief break for the New Year, our choir will be preparing to sing again on January 14th.

As we move through this process, we welcome input and feedback from our family of faith. One of our church’s core values is to “value feedback.” If you would like to share your thoughts, please click the button below to complete a short survey. We also appreciate your prayers for us as we seek Christ's wisdom and direction in the months to come. We are thankful for what God has done through Ted and we are looking forward to what God has next for the Worship Ministry of our church. As Ted has led us in singing many times, this is a time to declare: “To God be the glory, great things He hath done.” (Hymn #66, To God Be the Glory)

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Lorelei Lee September 21, 2017 8:46pm

Ted: You may not remember me but I was with the choir about 10 years ago. (Lorrie Slater) I just want you to know that participating in a Christmas choir production under your direction was one of the greatest joys of my life. To be a part of something so incredibly beautiful and exciting that uplifted people's hearts almost to the very gates of heaven-something that pointed people to Christ and the wonder of his birth-it was just like a miracle for me. Thank you. Thank you so much. I feel we will be called home VERY soon. I believe I am going to a place where, once again, music will be a big part of my existence. When we sing in the choirs of heaven, maybe we will be able to see the face of Jesus and HE will be smiling at us.
God bless you and thank you, again, Ted. -Lorelei Lee
Oh, btw, my friend-Sandy Patti, sends her regards as well. :)