Jeffrey Meeks is a guy who loves Jesus. He strongly believes that the local church has the power and the potential to change the world. He comes to FPC Marietta after serving nearly 13 years as Minister of Worship at the University Place Presbyterian Church of University Place, Washington, a suburb of Tacoma. While at UPPC, Jeffrey most notably developed a brass choir and an orchestra while continuing to lead and grow both the Sanctuary Choir and the Praise Band programs.
Jeffrey brings with him the experience of leading large comprehensive music and arts ministries. He began his ministry at the College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio just after completing his third of three music degrees (piano performance and vocal coaching/collaborative piano) from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He received his Doctorate of Worship from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, at Orange Park, Florida in 2008.
Here at FPC Marietta, Jeffrey begins the process of recognizing and recruiting talent to provide as much congregational engagement as possible. His doctoral thesis, “Developing a Culture of Response,” delves into the participatory nature of God’s Story and how it is reflected in the very fabric of worship in the Reformed tradition. Jeffrey’s vision is to expand both the classic and contemporary worship expressions of FPC, create an orchestra, a drama team and an arts team. These teams would support and enhance preaching series’. Ultimately, our liturgical expression would provide more opportunities for the congregation to take more of an active role in worship. Eventually, his vision would have FPC become a cultural and learning center for the Marietta community with the creation of the FPC Music and Arts Institute, something he has done successfully at FPC Pine Bluff, Arkansas and at UPPC.
Jeffrey brings with him, his wife, Marcela, who is also a CCM graduate in piano performance and an experienced music educator specializing in Orff Schulwerk. Their son, Gordon, is a student at Kennesaw Mountain High School. Gordon is a member of the ASO’s Talent Development Program and a first violinist in the ASYO.