Please welcome Bob Nickel as our new organist, starting June 1st! Bob grew up in Princeton, Wisconsin, earned a Bachelor’s degree from UW – Whitewater, and taught business education for 23 years, serving the Algoma (15 years) and Sevastopol (8 years) school districts. He then earned a Master’s degree from Marian University, served as the high school principal at Sevastopol for a year, and is currently completing his tenth year as the principal at Sturgeon Bay High School.
Bob also earned a church music certificate from Silver Lake College, and has served as organist and/or director of music for Catholic, Methodist, Moravian, and United Church of Christ congregations. In Bob’s own words: “During my interview for this position, I was asked, ‘what is your philosophy of church music?’ I have never been asked this question, but I have always been ready with a response. My philosophy is this: Corporate worship is a powerful event, and music should always serve a purpose in that event. Those purposes may include connecting the various components of the service, leading the congregation in song, or enhancing the experience for the worshiper. Music should never get in the way of or detract from the corporate spiritual experience we call worship.”