By Blaine Russell
My name is Blaine Russell. I am the Director of Music at Fletcher United Methodist Church in Fletcher, NC, and I have been a member of The Fellowship for about three years.
I heard about Music & Worship Arts Week from some other music ministers that I knew, and so I decided to give it a shot and attended for the first time in 2015. I went by myself and had no idea who I would see and what I would be doing. I quickly crossed paths with friends and colleagues from various times in my life: musicians at churches I had attended as a child in Mississippi, people I had met in my college days at High Point University and Shenandoah Conservatory, and many others.
I understood at that point the greater community that is created by The Fellowship and why I felt that I needed to be a part of it.
Two of the things that have had the biggest impact on me during these few years of attending MWAW are being a part of the Chamber Choir and singing with the Young Adults under the direction of Mark Miller, Mark Burrows, and others. The other young adults that come have now become very good friends of mine.
Young adults, MWAW is a great opportunity for you! You can register for free if you’re between the ages of 18-25, and the experience and connections you can gain are incredibly beneficial!
Last year I was asked to begin the shadowing process and eventually serve on the Design Team for MWAW, which was an opportunity that I could not pass up! I am thrilled to continue to make friendships and hone my craft as I enter into this new step of being a part of the team that makes MWAW happen!