Dr. Dovgalyuk joined the staff in 2022. He is a violin professor at Liberty University and is the Concertmaster of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra. He is a world-renowned violinist, having performed throughout the USA and Europe, including Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Latvia, and Russia. Dr. Dovgalyuk holds his Doctor of Musical Arts in Violin Performance degree from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Dovgalyuk has performed in many of the world’s finest concert venues. In March of 2017, Dr. Dovgalyuk traveled with the National Symphony Orchestra on their Russia tour and performed in the Moscow Conservatory concert hall as well as the Great Hall in St. Petersburg. He has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Gidon Kremer, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, The Getty’s, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Martina McBride and many others.
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Gary joined us in 2022 as our organist. He also serves as the organist for Thomas Road Baptist Church and is the president of Church Organ Consultants which serves the central and southwest Virginia territory for both Rodgers, Johannus, and Roland .
We are honored to share Gary and hope to keep him for as long as his other church has.
They say every journey begins with a single step, and for our church admin and worship leader, that step was taken at the tender age of 7. Her faith voyage found its anchor during a Christmas pageant, where salvation touched her heart. As the years flowed, the waters of faith deepened, culminating in a beautiful baptismal experience at the age of 13.
At the pivotal age of 16, she embarked on a purposeful path by joining the United Methodist Church at Trinity UMC in Lansing, Michigan. Her journey then led her through diverse worship settings as she served in the Army, often away from the comfort of a UMC, yet always finding ways to contribute through worship teams and even a Christian Rock Band.
Upon returning from duty in Germany, a new chapter unfolded at Bethel UMC in Alberta, Virginia. Here, her purpose bloomed as she led worship and imparted wisdom to eager young minds in Sunday School. Blessed with talents, her voice resonates as a classically trained singer, her foundation laid at Central Michigan University's vocal performance program.
Her life's symphony extends beyond music; she weaves creativity into her existence, sharing joy through hobbies like knitting, crafting, and conjuring delectable treats for the community. The echoes of her time in the Army reverberate as she harmonizes leadership with music, having served as an assistant conductor and chorus member in The Soldiers’ Chorus across the landscapes of Europe.
Her transition led her from military service to civilian spheres, where her talents shone in successive administrative and financial roles at United Healthcare and The Riverstone Group, which prepared her for service at Court Street.
A beacon of love, joy, compassion, and creativity, she wholeheartedly embodies her calling to serve and uplift others. Her journey, interwoven with faith and melody, continues to inspire and guide our community.