Morning Pipes

Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Location: First United Methodist Church of San Diego, 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA US 92108

Room: Sanctuary

Come listen to our pipes!

We invite you to take a 45-minute break in your busy day. Sit down, relax and enjoy the beautiful music played on a 108-rank, 4-manual Blackinton and Associates Pipe Organ, the largest pipe organ in San Diego County.


11:30 am - 12:15 pM

Each month you'll have a chance to listen to a different organist play a 45-minute free organ concert.

Stay for a light lunch | 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM | $8 RSVP/pay at the door
A hot, healthy lunch will be served cafeteria-style. Make your reservation by Monday same week and pay with cash or check at the door. RSVP in the church office on Sunday mornings, call during business hours (619-297-4366), or email   with the names and dates of your RSVP. 

June 13, 2018
Dr. Chris Cook 
Director Emeritus Worship, Music and the Arts at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church, San Diego, CA

Christopher Cook’s February 2017 retirement From Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church as Director of Worship, Music, and the Arts capped a forty-six year career in church music. During his career, he served in a variety of denominations, primarily Episcopal, Lutheran, and most recently, Presbyterian. He studied organ performance at the University of Tulsa under the direction of Dr. Thomas Matthews. Arriving in San Diego, he continued studies with former FUMC Resident Organist, Robert Plimpton. For more than ten years, he served on the staff of the Spreckels Organ Society, where he presented its weekly Youth Concerts. Upon his departure, SOS trustees awarded him with an honorary lifetime membership.

In 2006, he was appointed Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church’s Director of Worship, Music and the Arts, where he had been serving as its organist since 2003. Responding to a call to explore the foundations of the arts’ role in worship, Chris earned a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies in 2011. For many years following, he led the church’s large, creative worship ministry, with a special concentration on training the next generation of worship leaders. Upon retirement, the church conferred upon him Director Emeritus status. He continues to serve in the department as an enthusiastic volunteer.

As a member of the American Guild of Organists, he serves the San Diego Chapter as chairman of its Investment Committee. On the national level, he is past chairman of the National Committee for Professional Career Development and Support. Currently, he writes a monthly column, “The Practical Organist,” for its national publication, The American Organist.

In retirement, Chris remains active as a performer, music ministry consultant, workshop presenter, and teacher of organ and music theory.

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