Bethel Presbyterian Church (USA) - ministries within Bethel: Bell Choir


Bell Choir
Bell Choir Director:  Jackie Rylander Practice: 6:00 PM Wednesdays


About Ringing Bells:  Anyone interested in ringing handbells, please contact Jackie Rylander.

About Bethel's Bell Choir:

Sometime in the early to mid 70's, while Chris Badger was directing the Youth Choir and Ruth Ann Ludwig was the accompanist, they attended a music conference at Montreat. This was their first exposure to handbells, and they decided that this would be a great addition to Bethel’s music program. That fall, Chris bought two octaves of handbells and taught members of the youth choir to ring. She purchased a third octave a year or two later, and a fourth octave was purchased after that. Some ladies wanted to learn to ring. Since they wanted to practice in the afternoon and Chris was working, Ruth Ann directed that group and after their practice, they would have tea.

Chris retired in 2012, and Jackie Rylander is now leading the handbell choir. The group consists of youth and adults, many of whom claim to be non-music readers. Jackie hopes to expand the choir in the future; all interested folks are invited to take part.

Bethel Bell Choir Members:

Jeremiah Jacks, Howard Gerth, Diane Griffith, Paul Jackson, Will Jackson, Lyric Rivera, Brian Shelby, Peggy Sheppard and Maria Vanegas..