Meet our Board of Advisors:
Elizabeth Blood, is a native of Manchester, NH, and, after living for several years in the Midwest and then the South, returned to her native Granite State in 2008. The daughter of church musician parents, she has enjoyed participating in worship as a singer, pianist and organist from a very early age. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University (Theory) and two Masters of Music degrees from Florida State University (Accompanying and Opera Coaching).
From 2008-2016, Elizabeth served as Cantor at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Nashua, NH where she was the organist, directed the Adult and Handbell Choirs, and coordinated all aspects of the Music Ministry. She has served churches in FL, GA, and IL and in denominations ranging from Presbyterian to Methodist to United Church of Christ.
Currently, Elizabeth serves as a staff accompanist at the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the piano faculty at St. Anselm College and the Manchester Community Music School. She loves to support music-making in any way she can and enjoys working with a variety of ages and contexts. She lives in Manchester, NH, with her husband, Romeo, and their cat, Valentina.
Beau Surratt is passionate about cultivating church music ministries that embody the Kingdom of God in which all experience the freedom to offer all of who they are to God through music. A native of Jackson, Tennessee and church musician since the age of 14, Beau has lived in Chicagoland for the past 14 years and currently serves as Interim Minister of Music at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL.
Jeremy Sullivan has enjoyed the rarity of calling Virginia home despite being reared in a military family. He 'caught' piano early on and was observed picking out melodies from hymns sung in worship on his grandmother's instrument. His dream was to be another "Mr. Holland" from the movie, Mr. Holland's Opus, except as a choral musician. A sense of calling to a vocation in ministry after his first year of college brought a shift to his studies and he completed his undergraduate degree in Church Music at Trevecca Nazarene University in 2001. He earned his Master's of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005 receiving the Hoyt Hickman Award for liturgical scholarship and practice. He was later ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
Jeremy served two Nazarene congregations in Virginia as Pastor and Minister of Worship before joining other "evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail" finding a new home in the Episcopal Church. Since 2011 he has served as Minister of Music for Trinity Episcopal Church, a diverse, multicultural parish in the heart of south Arlington, Virginia.
Jeremy is a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians and serves on the Committee for Liturgy and Church Music in the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia. He is quite fond of Metro rides in the capital region, long walks through DC, and uncomplicated knitting projects. A contemplative with a love for monasticism, he craves prayerful silence as much as he delights in sacred song.
Mississippi native Jessica Nelson, M.T.S., C.A.G.O., holds degrees from Millsaps College and Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. Jessica has served Presbyterian, United Methodist, and Episcopal churches in Mississippi and Alabama and is currently the Organist/Choirmaster and Assistant for Liturgy at All Saints' Episcopal Church in Tupelo, Mississippi. She is also the director of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy and is on the Diocese of Mississippi's music and liturgy committee. In addition to her work for the Episcopal Church, Jessica is on the music faculty of the University of North Alabama. In her spare time, she composes a little and watches Netflix a lot.