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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 many first-prizes along the way at the annual Sangerfest.


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-filled congregation is more than anyone could ask for.


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-grandchildren.   


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 - one filled with hope and promise and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. He believes strongly in the threefold mission to "Honor the past, understand the present, and live faithfully into the future." His work here at St. Paul's is an extension of the calling to serve Christ in the World, and he is grateful for the opportunity. You can reach him by phone at the church office.

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."