Chancel Chimes Director
Paul McKenzie was born and raised in Sacred Heart, MN on a farm.
Paul attended Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, where he earned a BA in Music Education (vocal and instrumental, K-12) and
a minor in Theater.
After graduating, Paul was stationed in Berlin with the 298th Army Band as a percussionist and chorus director.
While in Berlin, Paul served as musical director for several staged productions and studied percussion with a timpanist in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
After returning to the States, Paul taught choral music at Mahtomedi High School, and led church choirs in the area.
Using his GI Bill, Paul attended Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and earned a Master of Church Music degree.
(It was there that he had his first encounter with Handbells.)
Since then he has been the Director of Music at Presbyterian and Lutheran Churches in Illinois and Minnesota.
Paul was a charter member of Bells of the Lakes – a Minneapolis-based auditioned bell ensemble.
In addition to choral, instrumental and bell music, Paul has been an art administrator/curator, and is a free-lance percussionist.
Paul recently retired from full-time church work, but wanted to remain active in church music.
When asked about his philosophy of church music, Paul is quick to say that “church music should serve to unify and intensify the message of the Gospel.”
A hearty welcome to Paul McKenzie and his varied gifts and interests.