Brian White has been playing music in church since he began taking piano lessons in grade school. He has been music director at Zion for over 10 years and enjoys directing both the vocal choir and handbell choir, and playing the piano and organ during each worship service. He also teaches high school math in Utica and serves as music director for Delaware’s Arena Fair community theater productions. He is blessed to be married to Susan and to have three incredibly talented children.
About Our Staff
Zion's staff are dedicated to serving the needs of the Church and would be happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to call the church or send an email if you'd like to get in touch with someone.
Church Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Beth is an enthusiastic extrovert who thinks being a pastor is the best job in the world. She spends her time providing pastoral care, writing encouraging sermons, and equipping the people of Zion for works of service. Beth has a master’s in divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio and more than a decade of experience in church leadership and non-profit management. She spends her downtime listening to audiobooks, sewing, and taking walks with her husband, Sam.
This morning's reading from the scripture needs very little introduction. You know what you came to hear. Allow me simply to remind you of the themes of Matthew: righteousness and discipleship. Following Jesus is not about what we think but about how we live. Resurrection is the final piece of that. The author of the book of Matthew wants his audience to really get how important this moment is so he packs in all the drama he can: an earthquake, and an angel who rolls away a stone, big burly military men fainting in fear. An angelic invitation to "fear not" and a proclamation of the significance of Jesus, just like we had at his birth. And to prove that the message of the gospel is for all and that it will turn the world upside down, the good news is given to the first women preachers. And it doesn't matter that their testimony wouldn't be accepted by a court, because the resurrection isn't something we prove.