Will Kanute, Organist, Choirmaster
Will Kanute was born, raised and lived in Connecticut almost exclusively before moving
to Dallas in July 2012. He attended and graduated summa cum laude from Westminister
Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey with degrees in Sacred Music, English Literature
and a minor in German Literature for which he received the Goethe Prize of the Federal
Republic of Germany for outstanding work in the field. He has served as music director
and interim at various churches throughout Connecticut. Before coming to Saint Paul,
he served as music director of the Rocky Hill Congregational Church (Congregational/UCC)
from 1999 through 2012. There he directed the adult, youth, children's and handbell
choirs. His adult and handbell choirs made concert tours of Stockholm, Sweden and
Charleston, South Carolina and Will played organ recitals in both locations. While
in Connecticut, he also was active in the Connecticut Sangerbund directing two choirs
in the organization: the Hartford Sangerbund and the Meriden Liedertafel winning
Will feels especially blessed to have found a home at Saint Paul. Finding a UCC church
in Dallas would have been enough but a UCC church with German roots and a real love
for good music and a warm welcoming spirit-
Florence Wellman, Secretary
Florence Wellman grew up in Marlin, TX, and she and her husband Don moved to Dallas
in 1961 after he got out of the army. They began attending St. Paul’s Church at
that time. In June of 1973 she began her duties as Church Secretary. She feels
blessed to have been associated with the ministers and members of St. Paul’s Church
for these many years. Florence’s family includes three children and their spouses,
seven grandchildren and four great-
Rev. Ken G. Crawford, Interim Pastor
Ken is excited about the opportunity to journey with Jesus and the people of St.
Paul's into the future that God has for them -
Ken is a graduate of Texas Tech University where he and his wife met. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School at TCU and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Perkins School of Theology at SMU. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds certifications in coaching, spiritual direction and pastoral care.
After more than 20 years of congregationally centered ministry, he discerned a call to extend his ministry beyond one local church. This led to starting Synchronous Life, LLC and The Institute for Vital Ministry. Through these organizations Ken supports individuals and groups in discerning, developing and living into the fullness of God’s dream for their wholeness.
He invites you to also use and share the resources available on KenGCrawford.com and the companion sites linked there, and to connect with him on social media."