I am most pleased to be coming on staff now, September 2015 as Pastoral Associate for Worship and Music. In a way, this is a “homecoming”, since my husband Stan and I raised our family in the Pittsburgh area and for some time served churches and the musical community.
Growing up on a farm in Boxborough MA, I rode the rake, and drove the tractor in our family hay fields. In the parlor of our farmhouse much hymn singing took place, with my four older siblings in four-part harmony. I soon took to the piano, playing the old gospel songs by “ear.” Piano and organ lessons were my love. I later attended Boston University as a Music Major. In the big city I was surrounded by world class musicians and teachers, and experienced glorious sounds the like of which I had never heard.
After college while serving at the First Baptist Church in Springfield MA I met and married my husband Stan, a gifted organist and choral specialist. He “swept me off my feet” and moved me to Pittsburgh. We often made music together, doing major choral works, and chamber music. In those wonderful years our children, Rondi, Kristen, and Jonathan were born. All are married and have children of their own, and I have the joy of being a grandmother.
My musical studies continued with graduate work at West Virginia University and Westminster Choir College. Career-wise, a highlight was being Founder/Director of The Children’s Festival Chorus and their singing with The Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera. All the while, however, the Lord was tugging at my heart and preparing me for a second career as a pastor. I was blessed to attend Trinity School for Ministry. Sadly, six weeks before my graduation in 2004, Stan, my sweet husband and wonderful “cheer leader” died very suddenly. I was now to be on a new journey as a widow.
Ordained in 2007 in the Presbyterian Church, PCUSA, I have served as Pastoral Assistant at Brookline Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, and as Pastor of Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, VA and most recently in music and prayer ministry at The River Anglican Church in Blacksburg, VA, an ACNA church pastored by my son, the Rev. Jonathan Tagg.
God is amazing in the way He guides us and orchestrates our lives. I am humbled as I begin working here in Canonsburg in His church, with His people. May we glorify Him in all we do!