Welcome our new Director of Worship, Kelley Burns!

We are happy to announce Kelley Burns as our new Director of Worship!

Kelley is an accomplished vocalist and pianist and proficient in a variety of styles of sacred and secular music, including praise and worship, chant, choral, hymns, and spirituals. Kelley currently serves as Director of Music & Liturgy at her parish, St. Thomas More Newman Center in Columbia, Missouri. Besides serving for many years as a worship leader and pianist, she has also served as the parish’s Director of Youth Ministry and on a worship team at the Steubenville Youth Conference. Kelley has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction.

Kelley describes herself as “a wife, a mother of four, a musician, a teacher, a student, a creative, a Catholic, a pursuer of truth, beauty, and goodness, and a great many other things. But mostly, I am a woman with a heart for Christ, his Holy Spirit, and his people.” She believes her calling is to lead people to Him through worship.

The Director of Worship position is especially important in our life at Christ the King since we exist, as our mission statement says, to “joyfully worship God and carry out the mission of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.” In this role, Kelley will select and plan music for Masses, lead our many worship team leaders and musicians, and support our prayer meetings (Upper Room, High School, and Middle School) and other parish events (Alpha, missions, retreats, funerals, baptisms, etc.).

There are so many people who have helped with this selection to thank. First, we owe a great debt of gratitude to Doug Helderop. Acting as our Interim Director of Worship, he has tirelessly supported our music leaders and musicians, upgraded our technical equipment, moved us online during this time of crisis, all with a positive, humble, and helpful attitude. Second, our Director of Worship (“DOW”) team–Roger Holtz, Tim Stout, Yari Cherney, and Doug Helderop–who have led us through this process. Finally, all the others, too numerous to mention, who have been involved. You have been so caring and supportive. Thank you all very much!

Kelley discovered our parish about a year ago through friends she met at Encounter Ministries in Brighton. She and her husband, Mike, have longed to be in a parish united in a vision of what life and faith looks like when the Holy Spirit is actively welcomed and moving in power. They and their four “feisty redheads” (a girl and three boys) are in the process of moving from Missouri and are expected to arrive in May. We are so glad that they will be joining us! Please welcome them and pray for them as they make the transition to life at Christ the King.