Jason Elder, Minister
Jason joined the team in summer 2016, moving from southern California with his wife and 3 kids. Jason is a native of Mississippi and received a Bachelors in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary (now Gateway Seminary), in Marin County, California, during which he focused his attention on theological and intercultural studies along with church planting.
Jason and his wife, Barbara, met in northern California and were married in 2001. Their life together has taken them from northern California to Memphis, TN to Orange County, CA, and to Poughkeepsie, New York. They both have participated in short-term ministry work—Barb in Inner Mongolia, Jason in Mumbai, India, and both in New Delhi, India. Jason and Barb are blown away by the beautiful Hudson Valley and love living in Dutchess County.
Jason loves gardening, documentaries, and has wide reading and musical interest. He’s a newly minted fisherman, lives on coffee, and is a lifelong fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but isn’t obnoxious about it. He also limits sports metaphors and illustrations during sermons, hallelujah!
Janice Grace, Music Director
I float between two musical worlds: Secular and Sacred.
Throughout junior high school, I studied piano and classical organ with Mr. Charles Boehm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hicksville, NY. As a student at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, I studied organ with Dr. George Markey and Joan Lippincott, and in 2011-15 with David Enlow in NYC.
In my 20’s, the call of the Pop world was so strong I walked away from my classical roots and liturgical training. I enrolled at NYC's The New School and immersed myself in contemporary songwriting, singing, producing and engineering; fulfilling my need to control every aspect of my musical expression.
A detour, in the form of clothing and fabric design studies, presented itself in the mid-1990s. First at NYC's Parson's School of Design for tailoring, then at the Fashion Institute of Technology where I studied pattern-making and draping for 2 years.
I had a Pop Rock band in the 2000’s and performed in NYC's China Club, Cheetah, Downtime, Acme Underground, CBGB's, The Elbow Room, Kenny's Castaways, The Bitter End, and Hard Rock Cafe on 57th St.
During the summers of 2012-14 I returned to Westminster for 'Choral Conducting Intensive’ with James Jordan and faculty @ The Conducting Institute.
Since 2012 I’ve been blessed to be the Organist and Choir Director at Poughkeepsie Reformed Church.
If you can read music and sing please consider joining us for Thursday night choir rehearsals @ 7:30pm. We sing Traditional and Contemporary Choral music.