After completing my Master of Music Ed. Degree at Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!), I had the privilege of teaching high school choral music in the public schools of Perryton, Texas for two years, and Arlington, Texas for 18 years.
It was in 1981 that I felt God was leading me to resign teaching to spend more time writing original music for church choirs, as well as music for public and private school choirs. At the time, my music was being published by six different publishers, and currently I have over 200 published works. In addition, I was continuing to be organist for Sagamore Hill Baptist Church.
In December of 1983, I was asked by Christ Chapel to come and play organ in the new facility that they were moving to in January. So, on January 7, 1984, I began playing organ for the 11 a.m. service. After about six months, I approached Ted Kitchens with the idea of starting a Music Ministry for the church. The Elders agreed to allow me to have six months to see what could happen with such a ministry.
We were able to create an instrumental ensemble of a violin, a ’cello and two trumpets. Additionally, eight adults were the beginning of a choir, and part of the Sunday morning classes for Middle and High School departments became our first rehearsals for a Youth Choir. At the end of the six months, the Elders wanted to continue what was begun, and I became the full-time Minister of Music for Christ Chapel. From that beginning experience, God has continued to grow the ministry to what it is today.
I have been married to Sally Ann Harris for almost 55 years, and our three children, LouAnn Stumbo, Trey and Andy Harris, were all part of those beginning musical groups. Now, my three children, their spouses, and my ten grandchildren are all a part of Christ Chapel as well, and we are blessed to have our entire family attend here.
I have been blessed to have been led to Christ Chapel almost 33 years ago, and I feel that one of my favorite song titles says it best: “Jesus Led Me All The Way.”