Staff

 

Reverend Mark F. Phillips, Minister

Mark Francis Phillips  was born and raised in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh.  He  spent his early years as a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church, where he was baptized and confirmed.  From a very early age, Rev. Mark sensed a call to ministry and was active in church school and youth-group activities.

Rev. Mark began studying organ in junior high school and continued those studies through college.  While in high school and college, Rev. Mark served several churches in Pittsburgh, northern Virginia and Washington DC as organist and choir director.

After attending Point Park College in Pittsburgh, Rev. Mark spent a year and a half in Carlow College as a major in liturgical music ministry.  When the program was discontinued, he transferred to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, from which he graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Rev. Mark earned his Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in May 1994.  While at Pittsburgh Seminary, he served as Student Assistant Minister at the Riverview Presbyterian Church.  He was ordained by Pittsburgh Presbytery on July 31.  On August 1, 1994, Rev. Mark began his ministry at the First Presbyterian Church in Mineral Ridge, Ohio (a suburb of Youngstown) where he served for 16 years. In April 2010, Rev. Mark was called to be the pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church, “The Old Whalers’ Church”, in Sag Harbor, New York. In 2015, Cherry Hill’s congregation called him to Dearborn.

In his free time, Rev. Mark enjoys spending time with family and friends, and his cats, Hoover and Russell. He continues to be involved in community events and other activities such as music, theater, and reading.  He likes to try his hand at cooking and gardening as time (and talent) permits.

CHERRY HILL STAFF

 

CHARLES MILLER, Director of Music & Organist 

Charles Miller began his ministry of music at Cherry Hill on January 1, 2020. Charles comes to Cherry Hill after serving as the Associate Organist of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit.

A native of Traverse City, Michigan, Mr. Miller graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Michigan in the class of Robert Glasgow, and his master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Connecticut. Prior to his appointment in Detroit, Charles served as the interim  Associate Musician and Organist, Cathedral of All Saints (Episcopal), Albany, NY. From 2006-2013 he was Minister of Music and Organist at National City Christian Church in Washington D.C. and from 2001-2006 Associate Organist and Director of Music at Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, CT. Earlier positions include Director of Music and Organist, First Church of Christ in Hartford (Center Church), Hartford, CT, Organist/Choirmaster, Trinity Episcopal Church, Tariffville, CT,  Assistant Organist, Christ Church (Episcopal), Grosse Pointe, MI, and  Organist, First United Methodist Church, Farmington, MI

Charles has been featured in solo recitals at the National Cathedral and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., St. Thomas Church and the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City, York Minster, England and St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. He performed three times for the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina and his 1995 performance there was featured on NPR’s Pipedreams.

In addition to his position at Cherry Hill, Charles will continue to serve as President and Owner, Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists (booking & PR agency for concert organists.

Kimberly McDonald, Financial Secretary

Marcy Osborne, IT Director and Security

Michelle Adams, Sexton

Randall Nicholls, Tenor Section Leader

Elaine Filiak, Joyce Knoop,  Sherry Brown, Janet Reickel, Carolyn Carr, Suzanne Wallace   Office Volunteers