Traci K. Bartell has served as Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational since August of 2016. She has worked in the field of church music as organist, pianist, soloist, and choir director for over 15 years. Further education in the area of progressive church music has come through attending workshops and retreats led by such Christian musicians as John L. Bell, Bryan Sirchio, Andra Moran, Christopher Grundy, and Richard Bruxfort-Colligan. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and has been a music educator for over 25 years. With a 16-year career conducting middle school and high school choral groups behind her, she currently teaches general music at Oak Arbor School in Rochester Hills. Traci opened her private piano and voice studio in 1997 and currently has 15 students. In 2008 she began to listen more intently to her call to ministry and entered Wisconsin Conference UCC’s Lay Academy program. She completed the two year cycle of courses and subsequently applied to seminary. Traci is currently in her third year at Central Seminary Ann Arbor where she is pursuing a Master in Divinity degree. Traci has a passion for creating beauty, making music, and creating meaningful worship experiences that are vital and relevant for all God’s children.