MUSIC MINISTRY

HIGHLANDS CHURCH MUSIC STAFF

John Matthews, originally from California, retired to Bella Vista from Shreveport, Louisiana, in January of 2015 with his wife Dru (short for Drucilla). He holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance and an M.M. in Conducting.  As a baritone soloist, John performed over 130 roles in opera, symphony and theater companies all over the United States, Europe and Asia. As a conductor, John is currently the Music Director of the Bella Vista Men's Chorus, a position he has held since March 2015. Recently, John is the host of Bella Vista Community Television’s cultural arts program, “In Performance.”
Mr. Matthews was Music Director of the Shreveport Choral Ensemble for 26 years, the Artistic Director/Conductor of the Shreveport Gilbert and Sullivan Society for 15 years, the Director of the River Cities Jubilee Barbershop Chorus for 14 years and Director of Music for Presbyterian and Methodist churches in the greater Shreveport area from 1990-2014. John was also the music director/conductor for many of Shreveport’s Centenary College theatrical music productions from 1995-2010.  He also had a voice studio for 25 years.
In his spare time, if he gets any, John loves to play bridge, golf and dabble in antiques and collectibles with his wife.   

JEANNINE WAGAR​

Organist



​​PAM MEYER​

Celebration Worship Leader

Jeannine is the organist at Highlands United Methodist Church.  Her professional career includes organ performance, national and international symphonic orchestral conducting and university teaching positions. She received her Masters degree in Organ Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and her Doctorate in Orchestra Conducting from Stanford University.
Most recently Jeannine co-produced with Pam Meyer and Ryan Cockerham, a five hour album, Meditations, which can be found, downloaded by track and purchased on itunes and CD Baby, featuring the voices of Doug Stone, Pam Meyer, Jeannine and Ryan quoting extensive passages from favorite chapters and verses from the Bible in three different translations accompanied by original music by Jeannine and Ryan. 
Jeannine also co-produced with Ryan Cockerham and Pam Meyer a video with original music, Heavenly Prismatic, a fascinating contemporary version of the creation story using electro-acoustic music and experimental film.
Heavenly Prismatic can be found on YouTube and on HeavenlyPrismatic.com.
She also produced and performed on the Album, A Musical Legacy, featuring Pam Meyer, Gloria Rodrigues, Jim Goodwin and other talented members of the Highlands Methodist Church.  This album can also be found, downloaded and purchased on CD Baby and on Spotify.

​​JOHN MATTHEWS​

Director of Music Ministries

​​JOYCE SHELDON​

Chimes & Bells Director

“Be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."  Ephesians 5:18-20

Through music at Highlands Church, we strive to encourage everyone to "shout for joy." We strive not only for the highest quality in our music making, but also in evoking the Holy Spirit, so that it might flow freely through our hearts and minds before, during, and after worship each week.  It is the calling of the three Worship Leaders, Handbell Director and four music groups at the church to influence our community to know Christ. In our wide variety of worship services and musical styles, we strive to involve everyone in praising the Lord through vocal and instrumental expressions of praise.

Highlands Church features a 5:30 pm. Saturday Celebration Worship Service in our Fellowship Hall.  The Celebration Worship Team offers a wide variety of music styles – familiar hymns, country, gospel, contemporary and original songs written by members of our team. 

The 9:30 am. Sunday, Traditional Worship Service in the sanctuary includes our Chancel Choir, a magnificent  organ, piano, and, from time to time, the Highlands Ringers.  One will hear traditional, gospel or contemporary music on any given Sunday. 

Our contemporary worship service, 11:15 am. Sunday, features our Contemporary Praise Band.  The service is in our Fellowship Hall and the congregation sits around tables and enjoys coffee or a favorite beverage.  The Praise Band features guitars, keyboard, bass and drums and leads the congregation in current contemporary music selections. 

Participating in a musical ensemble is a great way to integrate yourself into a church family and experience what it is to grow and worship through music in community.  We encourage everyone to come and participate in one of our ensembles.  Contact one of our Worship Leaders to find out where you can “Make a joyful noise to the Lord.”

John Matthews, Director of Music Ministries and Traditional Worship Leader 

Pam Meyer, Celebration Worship Leader and accompanist

James Hendrix, Contemporary Worship Leader 

​​JAMES HENDRIX​

Contemporary Worship Leader