Music Staff

Dave VanderMeer Square Crop

David VanderMeer has been the Director of Music and Fine Arts Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church since August of 2001.  David conducts three handbell choirs, (Youth, Intermediate Adult, and Advanced Adult) and the Chancel Choir.  David oversees the graded choir program, Liturgical/Visual Arts Ministries including rotating art exhibits, and participates in weekly worship planning including a monthly Taizé Prayer Service.

David has been conference director and on faculty for many PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians) Worship & Music Conferences in Texas, New Mexico, and Montreat, NC and has conducted/taught at local, area, and national handbell seminars and festivals. David served on the National Board of Directors of Handbell Musicians of America from 2003-2008. David is the President-Elect of PAM (Presbyterian Association of Musicians).

David is graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and is pursuing the Master of Arts in Practical Theology (Worship Concentration) MAPT degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA, completion May 2017.

Sandra McDonald, Worship, Music & Liturgical Arts Assistant

After 17 years as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of North Florida, and another 17 years as Assistant Superintendent of Schools in St. Augustine, Florida, Sandra attended Columbia Theological Seminary and was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament. She served as Associate Pastor at McDonough Presbyterian Church until August, 2006, when she joined Central’s staff. She attended Northwestern University and did her doctoral work at the University of Florida. She has three children and seven grandchildren, all in Florida, and loves Atlanta and her work in the Worship, Music, and Fine Arts ministries of Central.

Part-Time Music Staff

Matt and Lucy Baum, Directors of Bethlehem Choir

Rachel Stewart, Director of Nazareth and Jerusalem Choirs

Karen Brown, Jerusalem Choir Accompanist

Rick Wornat, Nazareth Choir Accompanist

Leslie Boyette, Interim Organist