Hold That Thought… Brown Bradley Announces Retirement

Hold That Thought… Brown Bradley Announces Retirement

While the letter attached may come as a surprise to some of us, it is a major transition for all of us.  For some time now Brown, who has directed our Chancel Choir for almost thirty-five years, has been dropping hints that this day was coming.  For about a year he (and Mary) have been looking for the best possible day to begin this new chapter in their lives.  Between now and the end of May there will be many opportunities for us to celebrate his long and stellar career.  One important note is that Brown has agreed to continue as Artistic Director for the Promenade Fine Arts Series for the coming year.  Please read Brown’s beautiful words below, addressed to the Session and shared with all of us.

Peace, John



Dear Session Members,


It is with deep regret that I write this letter.  I have found it extremely hard to leave my church position and people that I love so much. For 34 wonderful years I have been blessed with being a close part of a church and its members, who have always lifted my spirits to great heights. We have made enormous strides in our music and fine arts offerings and      enjoyed doing so every week.  Our 34 year award-winning concert series has been awarded “The Community Cultural Enhancement Award,” the “Arts in Education Award,” and “Board of Directors Award.”


A good director of music and fine arts must  be not only a musician, but also a good listener and create close bonds with the choir members and all the people of the church. Our FPC Chancel Choir and Sextet have been talented, harmonious and caring group, always working to present the best possible music each Sunday. Traditional services with music that lifts the soul to God has been my constant aim for every service. I pray that our church will always travel the highest road in sacred music.


John has been a constant source of energy and true supporter of all our music programs. Bless you, JOHN. I will always remember the 28 years with my friend, Bobby Wilkes. I have been blessed with dedicated Choir Presidents, Vickie Scott (25 years), Kathy Kyzer. I leave you now forever being thankful for giving me your blessings on every goal or project I have tried to achieve.


Thank you for 34 golden years. Love does make the difference!

With continued love for you all,
Brown Bradley


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