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Jason Landers, who has served so faithfully and effectively as director of traditional music over the past year, will be stepping away from this position August 10. Jason has been given the opportunity to teach Chorus and Musical Theatre full-time three minutes from where he lives in Forsyth County, an opportunity he describes as a “dream job.” We are excited for Jason as he tackles this new opportunity and even more delighted that he will continue to be a vital part of our music ministry, resuming his role as our Principal Pianist on a part-time basis.

Our new Minister of Music will be the Rev. Mark Locke. Your Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) was able to make a quick decision on this position because Mark was one of the very qualified candidates who applied for the music position last fall.

Mark is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church and a clergy member of the Memphis Conference. He has previously held the position of Minister of Music and Worship at First UMC of Dyersburg, Tennessee (1987-2001), and Collierville UMC in Collierville, Tennessee (2001-2014). Mark and his wife, Donna, have two children, Nathaniel, 11 years old, and Jonathan, 5.

After having the chance to interview with Mark and see him rehearse with the choir, Jason Landers says, “I know that Mark will be able to minister effectively to the day-to-day needs of the music ministry. I would describe his rehearsal style to be structured and efficient, yet also personable. There is no doubt in my mind that the choir will continue to grow musically under his leadership, but even more importantly, spiritually.”

We are blessed by Jason’s faithful presence in our music ministry and his willingness to share his marvelous talents to the glory of God here at HMUMC, and we look forward to continued growth and blessings through the ministry of Mark Locke.

Please continue to pray for our church during this season of transition.


In Christ,

Bruce Brown, chair

Staff-Parish Relations Committee


Mark Westmoreland

Senior Pastor

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