For 20 years, Chuck has had the privilege of
serving as Music Director in numerous churches
including United Methodist, Roman Catholic and United Churches of Christ. He
is also a frequent
guest performer and clinician at many churches and conferences throughout the
US. His associationwith Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes began at Scottsdale Congregational
United Church of Christ in Scottsdale, AZ where he served as Director of Music
for the now well known Studio Worship service.
After retiring from Arizona State University
in 2003 as Director of Jazz Studies and moving to Louisville, KY with his wife
Mary Ann, Chuck was asked by Eric Elnes, now senior Pastor at Countryside
CommunityChurch in Omaha, NE to help develop a jazz based worship service
there. During this period, Rev .Elnes approached Chuck with the idea of an
Internet ministry. Both Eric and Chuck worked on developing what is now known
worldwide as Darkwood Brew www.darkwoodbrew.org where Chuckserves as Music
Director leading a jazz quartet.
Chuck also serves as Director of Education and Sanctuary Jazz for Music
Serving the Word
Ministries, Scottsdale, AZ. Sanctuary Jazz now includes numerous published
books of jazz
arrangements of church hymns for several publishers and many CD recordings.
For a full discography and bibliography of Chuckʼs work, visit his website at:
Chuck's Latest Recording Project "The
Jazz Psalms Project".