Sharon Miller – Director of Music Ministries
Sharon Miller joined the St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church staff in June, 2008, as the Director of Music Ministries. Growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, she studied both voice and piano and has been involved in church music all of her life. Her musical studies are from James Madison University and Virginia Tech. Sharon moved to Wilmington from Richmond, Virginia where she served the congregation of Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia, heading a large music ministry for all ages. In 2004, she was Co-Chair of Music for the National General Assembly Conference and has been a clinician at several conferences in creative ways to use music in worship. Sharon has also chaired the Presbytery of the James Worship and Music Conferences with guest clinicians Marva Dawn and John Bell. In addition to her choral work, she is an accomplished pianist and enjoys both performing and vocal coaching. Sharon is married to John Miller, Organist at St. Andrews-Covenant and has three children; Katie Miller, a Marketing Director for Time Warner in New York City; Emily Miller, an OB/GYN physician (resident) in Chicago; and Nathan Miller, a Strategic Analyst for Royall Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. In her spare time Sharon enjoys the beach, playing bridge and entertaining friends and family.
John Miller – Organist
John Miller joined the St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church staff in June, 2008, as Organist. A native Virginian, John studied piano from age six and became a church organist at age 15. John has been the organist at Salisbury Presbyterian Church in Midlothian, Virginia; Westminster Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia; The Scots Kirk, in Lausanne, Switzerland; St. Michael Church (Lutheran) in Blacksburg, Virginia; and Calvary Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Virginia. During his time at Salisbury Presbyterian he served on the building committee for the new sanctuary and led the church in the specification, purchase and installation of three pipe organs. John is married to Sharon Miller, Director of Music Ministries at St. Andrews-Covenant and previously was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hauni Richmond, Inc., the United States subsidiary of an industrial machinery manufacturer. In his spare time John enjoys the beach, snow skiing, and gardening.
Cindy Litzinger – Associate Director of Music for Children
Cindy has a BS in Music Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to St. Andrews-Covenant, she was a music teacher in the New Hanover County School District. Cindy is trained and certified as an instructor in both Kindermusik and Orff teaching methods. Her primary instrument is clarinet. She, her husband, and their children are members of Wesley Memorial UMC where she is active in the contemporary worship service’s praise band and adult and children’s hand bell programs.
Jeff Bell – Associate Director of Music for Contemporary Music
Jeff Bell joined the SACPC staff in August 2008. He studied music at Missouri State University (formerly Southwest Missouri State) in Springfield, Missouri where he was also born and raised. Jeff grew up singing in various vocal ensembles and has played guitar, his primary instrument, for 40 years. Jeff and his wife, Susan, were founding members of the contemporary worship service and Lighthouse Praise Band at Wesley Memorial UMC. They and their two children are still active in the music ministry there.
Ben Johnson -Director of Youth Ministries
Ben grew up in Princeton, New Jersey. He is married to Leenie (Colleen) and their family includes Hailey (14), Ryan (10), Ella (almost 8), and a newborn daughter Charlie (Charlotte). Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Missouri State University, a certificate in Theology & Ministry and a certificate in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has worked in youth ministry in congregational, camp, and conference settings, and has led numerous youth mission trips. As the son of a Choir Director, Ben has grown up in the Presbyterian tradition, and he already has a great connection to North Carolina through Montreat, where he has served as a planning team member and small group leader for a number of years.
Ginger Powers -Director of Children’s Ministries
Ginger has a degree in education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She and her husband, Keith have lived in Wilmington for 23 years. They have two children at UNC-CH—a daughter who is in law school and a son who is a senior studying public health administration. Ginger has worked in church and children’s ministry in the Wilmingtonarea for over 20 years. She is excited to share her passion for God’s Word and His children with members of SAPC and the surrounding community.
Megan McNamara- SACPC Preschool Director
Megan is originally from the Albany, New York area. She received her B.A. from Geneseo State University and her M.ED. from the University at Buffalo. She and her husband moved to Wilmington in 2005 after spending 3 years in Northern Virginia. She was a school counselor in the public school system before deciding to stay home with her two young daughters. She has been a part of SACPC Preschool as a teacher, parent and Board member. She truly loves this school and its families. Megan is thrilled to be serving as the Director of the Preschool.
Ann Benson, RN, PhD – Visitation Minister
Ann became a member at SACPC in 1995 and has served as Deacon and Elder. Her background is in nursing and sociology. She works part-time visiting members who are homebound, in nursing homes and in the hospital. Ann is married to Robbie and enjoys gardening, warm weather and being outside.
Mary Coble – Visitation Minister
Mary has been a member at SACPC since 1991. She is a Stephen Ministry Leader and is active in her Sunday school class and PW Circle. She works part-time visiting members who are home bound, in nursing homes and in the hospital. Mary is married to John and they have two children at Wake Forest.