FPC Organist Job Description

First Presbyterian Church
271 N. Walton
Richardson, TX 75082

First Presbyterian Church - a vibrant congregation with a rich history of divine worship serving the greater Richardson community for over 140 years – is seeking a highly qualified part-time organist. Interested candidates will demonstrate a prayerful and personal relationship with Jesus Christ and support worship and music by reflecting FPC’s mission statement.

Mission Statement:
Responding to God’s love and grace, we worship with joy, nurture with faith, and serve others with love.

Responding to God's love and grace,
We belong to a gracious and loving God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, whom alone we worship and serve.

…we worship with joy,
We gather together in grace, with open hearts and open doors, connected by a sense of purpose with the generations of faithful followers of Christ who have gone before us. We respond to grace in gratitude, with joyful worship and praise, which celebrates God's life-giving, life-affirming presence and love.

…nurture with faith,
We seek to grow in grace, in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and in what it means to follow Christ. We are drawn toward Christ's example to love and encourage each other where we are -- and to nurture each other to become more fully who God has created us to be. We nurture through worship, teaching, Bible study, prayer, music, arts, and fellowship.

…serve others with love.
We reach out in grace with a generous spirit, both to the church and to the outside community. We seek to serve as Jesus served, with a loving and humble spirit, as He leads us in ministries to extend His kingdom into the world.

FPC Richardson has a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. The music ministry includes the 40 voice Sanctuary Choir, The Ruth Greer Handbell Choir (playing on six octaves of Malmark Handbells), a children’s choir, and the FPC Chamber Chorus. The sanctuary has a Reuter/Allen Hybrid Pipe Organ with 55 ranks played from a three manual console plus a Kawai 5’6’’grand piano. The sanctuary also has wonderful acoustics, new LED lighting, and a superior sound system.  The Chapel has a 1935 Steinway model M grand piano.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Play for both the 8am Chapel Service and the 10:30am Sanctuary Service
  • Prepare and play hymns in a manner that encourages congregational singing
  • Provide appropriate and engaging opening and closing voluntaries
  • Prepare communion music and other service music as required
  • Play for seasonal services, i.e., Holy Week and Christmas Eve
  • Play for and support concerts in the FPC Music Series as needed
  • Accompany the Sanctuary Choir in weekly worship services and Wednesday evening rehearsals
  • Accompany the FPC Chamber Chorus and children’s choir when scheduled
  • Play for memorial services and weddings (fees based per church policy)
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Arrive on time and prepared for all services and rehearsals
  • Reports to the Director of Music and Head of Staff (Senior Pastor)

Qualifications Include:

  • Bachelor Degree in Music required, Masters preferred
  • AGO certification a plus
  • Prior experience playing for traditional worship services
  • Proficient in a variety of musical styles and genres
  • Good knowledge of contemporary and historical organ literature
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • An understanding of lectionary style worship in the Reformed tradition
  • Ongoing continued education through conferences, workshops, and professional organizations

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive salary commensurate with experience and education
  • Presbyterian Board of Pensions benefits available

Qualified applicants should send a detailed resume with three references along with a cover letter that describes your personal philosophy of worship and music. Mp3 recordings and/or YouTube videos are also welcome. Please e-mail all material to Ralph F. Stannard, Director of Music (

FPC is an accepting and affirming congregation of all who profess Christ as Lord and Savior regardless of gender, age, ethnicity origin or race, or sexual orientation.

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Last Published: February 19, 2018 3:42 PM