|Linda and Dave McKechnie|
|Michael and Sheri with sons, Reid and Ian (on right)
|Michael and Sheri Joseph
|Mindy and Peter with sons, Bo and Baker (on right)
|Mindy and Peter McKechnie
I have been privileged to collaborate with my brother, Don Marsh, orchestrator and producer, in recording albums which continue to be the top best-selling instrumental albums in Christian music: Hymnworks I and II, Symphony of Praise I and II, Hymnworks Christmas, A World of Praise, Rhapsody of Love, and Rhapsody of Christmas I and II. Moments with the Savior, recorded with the London Festival Orchestra, received a 2000 Dove nomination. Through this avenue, Don and I endeavor to reach a broad spectrum of worship traditions and musical tastes. These piano and orchestra recordings have brought peace and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of listeners over the years.
In September 2005, I recorded the Reflections CD in conjunction with my husband, The Rev. Dr. David McKechnie (Dave) in celebration of our 25 years of ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas. This is a devotional CD with Dave’s readings from the Word accompanied by my piano arrangements.
Worship Collage is my debut album recorded on a new label, Cool Springs Records, which was released March 2006. This instrumental CD is a collage of hymns with classical and original themes played in a very inspirational and worshipful way.
I love to share my music in the concert setting or leading worship for a renewal conference. Other opportunities would be piano and orchestra concerts, special events in your church or city, women's conferences, or keyboard workshops. I enjoy the interatction with the audience by inviting them to sing along or by simply explaining how the hymn tune relates to the classical theme. My hope is that this would be an unforgettable experience that heightens appreciation and love for the texts and melodies as they are performed in a new and refreshing way. When I share my personal witness of encouragement, I love the reaction to "I was 49 when I signed my first recording contract. Never underestimate God's plan for your life....no matter how old you are!"
it is a personal goal to make the keyboard music arrangements available from my recordings for others to play for weddng music ideas, string quartets, orchestrations, and handbell music.
Dave and Linda in ministry
In the Fall of 2006, there were several changes in the McKechnie family. After 41 years in the Presbyterian Pastorate, Dave retired from that specific ministry and has taken a new direction in his life. He is now the President of Texas Theological Foundation which launched an extension of Fuller Seminary in the Houston area. Dave has always had a passion for Christian education and mentoring young people. This extension is instrumental in educating women and men to become future pastors and leaders from many denominations for the 21st century. In June, 2011, Texas Fuller purchased a building on Richmond near the Sam Houston Parkway. This wonderful space houses all offices, library, several classrooms and common areas for fellowship. In September, 2012, Fuller Seminary-Texas dedicated the building and celebrated 150 students enrolled in various programs.
Linda and Dave have shared in ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX for 25 years. Although Dave is retired from the pastorate at Grace, Dave continues to have a passion to educate and mentor young pastors for the 21st century. He is the President of the Texas Theological Foundation which has launched an extension of Fuller Seminary (CA) in Houston. After retirement from Grace Presbyterian Church, Dave served as Interim Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Houston, TX for 3 years. In 2011, Dave accepted another interim position at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas. God still had more plans- In January, 2013, Dave was called to Bel Air Presbyterian church in Los Angeles- to be Head of Staff (100 people), Session, and main Preacher of the Word and Sacrament. To watch his sermons, go to www.BelAirPres.org then go to "media". Because of Dave's continued involvement with Fuller-Texas, the McKechnies have kept their Houston home and commute between the two locations. God continues to surprise them in ministry no matter where they are!!
A legacy for Linda- As a past President of the Handbell Musicians of America, Linda realized that ringing handbells could be accomplished by anyone, even the functionally challanged. Linda launched a handbell program at the Brookwood Community outside Houston, TX. Although they are non-music readers, there are several teaching methods that are used. Recently, the Brookwood Handbell choir played the National Anthem at an Astros Baseball game as well as performing for the Houston Grand Opera Gala. These videos can be veiwed at www.BrookwoodCommunity.org under "community" or on YouTube. Linda has written resources and handbell arrangements for the Special Needs community and enjoys teaching others to start similar choirs.
Dave and I have been blessed with a wonderful family. My family is a gift from God. There is a lot of love and comminication! They have supported me in every way as I added “recording artist” to my “wife, mother, and grandmother” titles!
Our daughter Sheri (Joseph) and husband, Michael, live in Charlotte, NC with their sons, Ian and Reid.
Our son, The Rev. Peter McKechnie and his wife, Mindy, live in Knoxville, TN with their sons Baker and Bo.
I sincerely hope that as you progress through this website, I may reflect a strong witness to my Christian faith and be an encouragement to you through my recordings on CD, or through the keyboard music and orchestrations that are now available from these recordings for you to perform.
Linda grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, in a very musical family and started playing the piano at the age of four. As a 2nd grader, Linda remembers accompanying her 2nd grade class for their Christmas program. Unusual as it might seem, she loved to practice, play by ear, compose her own melodies, and had a real passion to express her young Christian faith through the hymns and choruses of the church.
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