Director of Music & Worship Arts
For at least a decade, church members and our Session have hoped, wished, prayed, and yearned for a Director of Music & Worship Arts: someone dedicated to coordinating, managing, growing, and nurturing the wide range of music programs currently underway at FPC. We believe that Nancy Groeneveld is the person whom God has provided to fill this long-standing need at FPC and to help inspire all who worship here to “know Jesus Christ and to make Him known.”
To say that Nancy is a gifted, experienced Director of Music and Worship Arts is an understatement. She has led inspiring music and worship in a Presbyterian church in northern California for the last 11 years. Before that she spent 13 years as Director of Music and Worship at High Point Church in Madison. Her degree in music from UW-Madison provides a strong foundation that she has built upon throughout her career, which began at a young age.
"My dad, who was a professional musician, started to teach me how to play the piano when I was two years old," Nancy relates. "I also learned clarinet, a little guitar, and percussion. I studied violin as a child. When I was on the road as a touring musician I took drum lessons as well as a little banjo. I was a voice major at UW-Madison—studying opera, choral conducting, and music history during the week, and singing and playing the piano on the weekends at The Fireside in Fort Atkinson and The Gallery in Middleton. Between those gigs and writing and recording music for local commercials, I was able to put myself through college. And, lest I forget, early on I learned to play the accordion so that I could be in the Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers! I still haul that instrument out every once in a while—for a worship service, a recording, or a special event!"
Nancy, who grew up in Stoughton, is pleased to return to the area with her husband, Bram (short for "Abraham") and their dog, Buddy. "I met and fell in love with my husband, Bram, in 1985 in Holland when I was on a world tour as a singer/instrumentalist in a Christian pop band," says Nancy. "He was the European tour manager and interpreter for our band. We were married within a year and settled in Madison. Our son, Ryan, was born in 1995, and he is now a college student in the Sacramento area." As of this fall, Nancy and Bram will be "empty nesters." About their new state, Nancy confesses, "I’m still trying to wrap my mind—and heart—around that thought.”
In addition to leading dynamic, growing music programs in churches for nearly 25 years, Nancy has sung, taught classes, led retreats, written and arranged music, and played a wide range of instruments. She has developed children’s choirs and involved people of all ages in a wide variety of music programs. She has been featured at conferences and has taught and trained worship leaders from many different denominations. She has been a vocalist for audio and video projects, led seminars in songwriting and choir choreography, and pioneered musical groups of all ages and types. Of all her many talents and accomplishments, her greatest desire, her greatest love (and according to some people, her greatest strength) is to lead music in worship and point people to Christ.
Nancy says she was attracted to FPC because of its warmth, its evident faith life, its community, its pastors and staff members, and the musical talent she has seen here. We are delighted to welcome Nancy to FPC beginning in June 2017 and excited to step forward in faith with her as our Director of Music and Worship Arts!