Welcome our new Music Director!

WELCOME OUR NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR! February 4th at 8am and 10:30 am!

I’m Jessica (or Jess) Gensmer. Kris is my husband, a paramedic and medical education coordinator for Allina Health. My kids are David (11, 5th grade) and Cadence (9, 3rd grade). They attend Deephaven Elementary near where we live in Minnetonka.

I’ve played violin since age 7 and piano since 8. I attended Valparaiso University for church music. Kris and I have actually played in churches together (he plays the drums and some guitar and bass) since we started dating when we were 17. When I first started in church music, I was hired just for piano and various other special music, but began directing church music about six years ago.

As for my personal life, I work part time as a teacher’s aide in a preschool. I love crafting, Zentangle, audiobooks, and Netflix.

I’m so looking forward to working at St John! Please let me know if you have any ideas for songs you’d like to do (I can’t promise we’ll do them but I promise to listen) or if you’d like to join a worship team or sing in a choir I’m hoping to begin. Also, another goal I have is to start a confirmation worship band, so if you have a confirmation age student who might be interested, I’d love to know about them! Feel free to email Jessica.gensmer@gmail.com or text 612.483.5843.

Thanks for inviting me into your church family! I look forward to getting to know you all! 🙂

Jessica Gensmer
pianist, violinist