Rev. Michael Dettmer
Contemporary Worship Music Director
My name is Dwight Harro. By day I am a substance abuse counselor for soldiers stationed at Ft. Lee. My wife Laurie teaches 3 year olds at Ironbridge Community Christian School. We both graduated from Wheaton College outside Chicago where I minored in music and later went back to obtain my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. My three sons are 22, 19 and almost 16 years old. We moved to Chester in the summer of 2009 after 14 years in Fayetteville, NC.
I grew up in an inter-denominational church, but there were Methodist influences from the beginning. Asbury Seminary professor and author, Dr. Dennis Kinlaw, served as first pastor of the church in Albany, NY where I was baptized. One of the women in my home church (who happened to be the daughter of a UMC pastor) hosted an after school bible club that was instrumental in my decision to give my life to the Lord. But my first experience in the UMC personally was in Fayetteville, NC. While there, my wife and I were among a core group that started Cornerstone UMC, and I served as the worship leader. At the end of my time there, three of the six praise team members were youth, and I hope to find youth willing to share and further develop their musical abilities at BHUMC.
In my spare time I enjoy exercising, hiking, a little yoga, and playing games or watching movies with family.
Traditonal Worship Music Director
Hi, my name is Joe. I've been a Methodist since the cradle, and involved in church music since age fourteen, when unbeknownst to me my mother told the church choir director that I'd just love to join the youth choir. I met my wife in seminary, and she convinced me to come to Virginia.
When I am not waving my arms in front of a choir, I often find myself involved in other musical endeavors. I am a trombonist, currently playing with the Northern Neck Orchestra, the Northern Neck Big Band, and a Richmond-based trombone choir called Bonefire. I have recently joined the Barbershop Harmony Society, and I also write music in my spare time. Outside of music, I enjoy learning and keeping my brain active; my favorite thing is random, seemingly useless knowledge.
I am working towards ordination in the Methodist Church as a deacon, and am still in the process of discerning exactly what God's calling on my heart is. But what I do know is that music is and always will be an integral part of how God moves through me.
Erin Gwinn Hall
Well, let’s see…interesting facts about me: I have an older brother and a younger sister (she closely resembles me…some wonder if we are twins). I grew up in the church, and became a Christian at age 8. I have always been involved in both the church & school music programs. I love basketball, vacations, and having fun!
While I have been playing piano for 22 years now (hard to believe it’s been that long!), I still consider it a blessing to be involved each week with such a lovely church as Bermuda Hundred UMC and do not take my role lightly. Thank you for continuing to allow me to serve as your church accompanist. I hope it is as much of a blessing for you as it is for me.