NYAC Team Leading Worship at GC2019

NYAC Team Leading Worship at GC2019


Raymond Trapp, left, is leading a worship team that includes Pastor Ximena Varas, second from left, Stephanie Parsons and Linda Mellor.

The New York Conference will be well represented during the times of worship planned for morning and late afternoon at the special session of General Conference in St. Louis

Raymond Trapp, director of music at Vanderveer Park UMC in Brooklyn, is serving as worship and music director – a role he will also have for the 2020 General Conference. He has responsibility for developing the overall worship and music programming and for providing musical leadership at both events. Trapp will also be bringing some of his vocalists from VPUMC to the February 23-26 assembly.

Each day will be centered around a theme, Trapp wrote in an email. Sunday’s theme is “This Little Light of Mine;” Monday is “Holy Spirit, Come to Us;” and Tuesday morning is “Do Not be Afraid” and Tuesday evening is “God is Able.”

“I pray that people will remember the experience of worship as meeting them at their point of need,” said Trapp. He offered an acronym for W.O.R.S.H.I P. – When Our Reality Seems Hard Invoke Prayer/Praise.

Working along with Trapp as the worship/stage director is Ximena Varas, who is the pastor at St. Andrew’s UMC in New Haven, Conn.

Stephanie Parsons and Linda Mellor are responsible for the altar visuals which will change with each service and were crafted to give the appearance of stained glass. The two are members of the New Paltz UMC and for the last several years have created the altar displays at Hofstra University.