At a specially called Member Meeting on Sunday night, February 18, our Elder Body will be recommending to our congregation that Craig Biondi become the next Minister of Music at McGregor. Last July, our congregation voted to affirm a Search Committee for this process, and their many months of work have culminated in recommending Craig to our Personnel Committee, who then affirmed that recommendation to our Elders. Each of those groups have now spent time with Craig getting to know him and his wife and are now asking the congregation to prayerfully consider this decision. Prior to the upcoming congregational vote, Craig will lead worship for two consecutive Sunday mornings beginning Sunday, February 11. Craig has been working with those in our Worship Ministry to design and plan those services.
On Saturday, February 17, we will host a come and go fellowship time with Craig and his family in the Fellowship Hall from 2:00 to 5:00 PM. This will be your opportunity to meet the Biondis and ask Craig any questions you might have prior to the congregational vote. Members of the Music Minister Search Committee, Personnel Committee, and the Elder Body will also be available that afternoon to answer any questions as well. There will be no Q&A at the Member Meeting on February 18, but as always questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Get to know Craig a little better…
Craig Biondi and his wife Lynsey have been married for 18 years, and they have two children: Lula is 8 years old, and Jubal is 5 years old. The whole family has been able to visit our church several times over the past few months, and they are excited about the possibility of making McGregor their new church home.
Craig was raised in a Christian family, and God saved him when he was 8 years old. For most of his young adult life, he was reluctant about serving in the area of music, but God had other plans, and in each successive church that he has served in, the Lord has placed him in increasing roles that focused on leading the church in worship.
Craig is now a professional music composer and arranger who brings sixteen years of experience as a Worship Leader in various churches around the country. Craig has two different bachelor’s degrees in music as well as a master’s degree in music composition from the University of Hartford. Craig loves people and considers it a joy to help them discover and utilize their gifts for God’s glory. Singing truth and facilitating congregational singing are two big priorities for Craig, and he has a passion to see multi-generational worship bless the entire church.
“I believe that the function of music in the church should be first and foremost to praise and exalt our Creator and that the Bible insists that God’s people should be a singing people. To that end, a church with a robust, multi-faceted music ministry can engage both church and community, and can provide a unique platform for sharing the Gospel and making disciples.”
While the leadership of our church and those in our Worship Ministry will have had the opportunity to meet Craig, on Saturday, February 17, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM will be your opportunity to meet him and his family and ask any questions you may have of him prior to the Member Meeting Sunday night, February 18. We are asking each member and associate member to make prayerful consideration on this important decision the whole congregation will make that evening.