David Ratchford


David Ratchford
Organist/ Choirmaster
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How long have you served at Front Street UMC?

I began work at Front Street UMC on July 1, 1997.


What’s your favorite thing about working here?

I enjoy preparing the choirs and bell groups for worship and helping them see how it all fits together for the congregation.


What’s the funniest thing that has happened to you here?

Shortly after I came to Front Street UMC, the church hired a custodian who only spoke Spanish.  Dr. Bill Simpson brought him to the chapel organ while I was practicing one morning and said,  “I want you to tell him to mop this floor out here; you do speak Spanish don’t you?”


Where were you born and raised?

Crouse, NC – Gaston County


Where did you go to school?

Pfeiffer University and Winthrop University


How many children do you have?

A son, Jason and a daughter, Laura with grandchildren, Isabella and Zachary


Any Pets?

No pets


What is most important about your work at FSUMC? What drives you? What is your passion?    The most important thing about my work is involving Front Street members in the ministry of music.  I am driven by my faith in God and mission to spread the “Good News” through music.  My passion is playing the organ.


What two people have most influenced you?

Marvin Burke, Church Music Professor, Pfeiffer

Richard Brewer, Choral Professor, Pfeiffer

Stan Sheer, Organ Professor, Pfeiffer

David Lowry, Organ Professor, Winthrop

Rev. Bill Kinnett, Sr. Minister, First United Methodist Church, Lancaster, SC


What are your favorite books, movies or songs?

Stanley Hauerwas   Hannah’s Child

Andy Andrews   The Noticer

Craig R. Whitney   All the Stops


How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy exercise classes at Get Phit Studio and Gold’s Gym.  I particularly like Boot Camp and spin classes.  I have a bike and enjoy riding when I can find the time.


If you weren’t a minister at FSUMC what would your profession be?

I can’t imagine what I would do.


What’s your favorite food?

Kashi cereal and chicken cesaer salad


Where do you like to vacation?

Pam and I enjoy the beach and the mountains.








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