Worship Arts Ministry Staff

Dr. Paul Hill
Minister of Worship Arts

Dr. Paul Hill has been a church musician for over 35 years and is a third generation Baptist minister. He is married to Janet and they have two delightful children, Zach and Rosemary. Paul’s studies in music education include a Bachelor of Music (BM), and a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA), along with his studies and experiences in church music with his seminary degree, Master of Church Music (MCM), have helped shape how he defines himself as a “Church Music Educator” serving as a minister in the local church.  As a result of his recent doctorate Paul designed a curriculum primarily to assist other church musicians in teaching their choir members how to improve their music literacy skills called “The Basic Music Reading Skills Course.” He has been the Minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia, since 1999 having previously served churches in Florida, Alabama, and earlier in Georgia.  Paul is also the Founding Conductor/Music Director of the community orchestra, “Symphony on the Square.” According to his wife he has way too many hobbies including fishing, hunting, motorcycle riding, computing, handy-man carpentry, woodcarving, herb gardening, and many others. What he enjoys the most is making music and being with his family.


Harris M. Wheeler
Music Associate / Pianist

Harris M. Wheeler is a graduate of Shorter College in Rome, Ga with a degree in Music Education, emphasis on piano. Mr. Wheeler taught choral music in the Cobb County School System for 26 years and served for 4 years as the performing arts director at Mount Paran Christian School. He recently celebrated 25 years at Marietta First Baptist where he has been pianist/music associate. He has served as pianist, musical director for many productions in. Mr. Wheeler has sang in the Atlanta Symphony Chorus under the baton of Maestro Robert Shaw. For 10 years, he served as pianist/musical director for the cabaret theatre in Atlanta, Upstairs At Gene and Gabes, during which time he wrote the music to the musical-country-soap opera. Della's Diner, which planted in Atlanta for 2 years and opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York. He has been musical director for Six Flags Over Georgia for over 35 years. Mr. Wheeler has recorded 4 CDs: "Worship Beyond Words", "His the Season", "just Harris...Music for the Soul" and "just Harris...Music for the Heart". More information can be found on his website: www.harrismwheeler.com. He has a son, Harris M. Wheeler, Jr, who is an outstanding vocalist and flautist.


Valorie McDonald
Children's Worship Arts
Coordinator


Alison Douglas
Administrative Assistant

Prior to joining the church’s administrative assistant team, Alison worked as an administrative assistant in the corporate world. She worked in our Worship Arts Ministry as our administrative assistant from 2001 to 2002, then returned in 2005 and has been with us since that date. As with all our administrative staff, she has many other non-Worship Arts duties that she manages. Her role in our Worship Arts Ministry is to assist the Minister of Worship Arts and to help coordinate the many ensembles we have in our ministry. Her organizational skills and deep commitment to our church and this ministry is greatly appreciated by our many members.


Sanctuary Pipe Organ
Musicians

First Baptist Church Marietta is unique among many churches today by having a pipe organ in its sanctuary. Since its installation in 1962 and shortly after the completion of the sanctuary, First Baptist Church Marietta installed and continues to maintain a 46 rank, 3 manual Reuter Pipe Organ with 2443 pipes and 53 stops.

Our church is also blessed by having capable individuals who can support and accompany the hymn singing of our worship with this beautiful instrument as it serves alongside the other musicians in our First Orchestra and the Worship Choir as together they support the largest choir in our church: our congregation.


SOUND/LIGHTING/VIDEO TECHNICIANS:

  • Ronnie White, 11:00 Worship Sound/Lighting Technician
  • Paul Vestal, 11:00 Worship Lighting Technician
  • Chris Mills, 8:48 Worship Sound Technician
  • Stuart Huggins, 11:00 Assistant Worship Sound/Lighting Technician
  • Bill Thrasher, Jr., 11:00 Assistant Worship Sound/Lighting Technician
  • George Crissey, 11:00 Asst. Worship Sound/Lighting Technician; Archival Recordings
  • Scott Sauve, Media Director/Videographer