St. Paul Westlake celebrates 160th anniversary with seminar series

Dr. Rebecca Abbott will kick off St. Paul's 160th Anniversary Seminar Series on Saturday, Oct. 6.

St. Paul Lutheran Church is presenting a special seminar series in celebration of its 160th anniversary year.

The 160th Anniversary Seminar Series begins on Saturday, Oct. 6, and continues through Saturday, May 4, 2019. Seminars take place from 9 a.m. until noon.

All seminars are free and open to the public, and will be presented in the St. Paul cafeteria. The church is located at 27993 Detroit Road, Westlake. Visitors for the seminar series are asked to park in the lot at the rear of the church.

"We desire to provide special learning and fellowship opportunities for members and others to inspire and grow faith in Christ Jesus," said St. Paul Westlake Senior Pastor Ronald L. Young.  "We want to provide a vehicle for people with engaging topics that connect them and help extend Christ's kingdom."

The first seminar series speaker is Dr. Rebecca Abbott. Her presentation is titled: "Worship through the Ages: Celebrating over Three Millenia of Congregational Song."

Dr. Abbott studied piano, organ and voice from childhood in Portland, Oregon, and began interning in her church’s music program at age 13. Always exploring how text and music interact, she holds a bachelor's degree in Music and Literature from Wheaton College; an M.A. in Religion with a focus on Liturgy and the Arts from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, with additional studies in hymnology at Boston University; a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship Studies; and certification in Musikgarten.

Active as a performer, guest lecturer and hymn writer, she also works as an adjunct church music instructor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, accompanist at Kenyon College, and pianist at Hope Lutheran in Sunbury, Ohio, and volunteers as editor of the American Guild of Organists Columbus chapter’s newsletter.

Dr. Abbott founded Abbott Music Lab, LLC, and to connect people of all ages to their secular and sacred music heritage. Born into the Dutch Christian Reformed Church and having served in many other denominations, she and her husband, Dr. Dean Abbott, joined the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 2010. She recently accepted a position as professor of Organ and Hymnology at the newly formed Sacred Music Institute of America (based in Columbus), to begin this fall.

For more information, call St. Paul Westlake at 440-835-3050, or visit

Rick Haase

Rick Haase is Director of Enrollment and Marketing at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Westlake

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:55 AM, 10.02.2018