Court Street United Methodist Church
Staff & Leaders
94' JMU graduate, BBA - Susan has worn many hats over the years, bank manager, business director, financial assistance representative; but she is most comfortable now as the "church secretary - mother of twins". Her bulletins are top notch; her demeanor is warm and kind and she tries to keep the plants from dying. She is the "full package"
Dr. Randall Speer
Director of Music
Dr. Speer has been the Music Director for Court Street United Methodist Church since 2002.Randy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University, Fresno; a Master of Arts degree in Music with emphasis in choral conducting from the University of Iowa; and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with emphasis in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Dr. Carol Williams
We are excited to welcome Dr. Williams to the Court Street family! British born, Carol was raised in a Welsh family with many musical influence and began private lessons at age five and could read music before she could read English. She began performing organ recitals at age eight. Carol's formal training started with five years at the Royal Academy of Music where she specialized in organ performing as a student of David Sanger and obtained the Academy's prestigious Recital Diploma together with an LRAM (organ) and an LRAM (piano). Carol was awarded all the major prizes for organ performance and, during her studies she became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London plus, an Associate of the Royal College of Music. Carol continued her studies with Daniel Roth, the Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice, Paris. Then moving to the United States in 1995 she undertook postgraduate study at Yale University under the direction of Professor Thomas Murray where she was appointed University Chapel Organist and was awarded an Artist Diploma together with the Charles Ives prize for outstanding achievement. Next Carol undertook Doctoral studies under Professor McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music where she received the Helen Cohn award for her D.M.A. degree.
William "Bill" Burleigh
It is a homecoming of sorts for The Reverend William (Bill) T. Burleigh as he was baptized at Court Street UMC in 1953 by his great uncle the Rev. Hugh Marshall Burleigh. Bill and his wife Shelley reside in the Concord area on the Burleigh family farm. Their children, Jenny, Stephanie and Travis are all out living on their own. Bill was in his mid 40’s when he heeded the calling to ministry. He attended Duke University and has been a pastor in the Lynchburg district since that time. Answering the call to ministry has been the most fulfilling thing Bill has done in his life.