Chris McManus, Minister of Music (he, him, his)
Chris has served as King Avenue’s Minister of Music since 1999, continuing the legacy of fine music established by his predecessors.  At the beginning of his tenure, he enjoyed being part of the development of the Morning Blend service, which was inaugurated in 2001.  Other highlights include helping in the selection and installation of the John Paul Buzard Pipe Organ, which was dedicated in 2007; and planning and coordinating special music services with the various ensembles.  Chris previously served as choir director at Broad Street UMC in downtown Columbus.

Chris holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.  He has completed additional studies at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Wesley Seminary and Westminster Choir College in pursuit of his Certification in Music Ministry, which he completed in 2019.  He is a full-time elementary music specialist in Dublin City Schools.

Chris’ responsibilities at King Avenue include directing the Blenders ensemble, Handbell choir, Men’s Ensemble and Chancel Choir, as well as assisting in the planning of weekly worship services.  He is the composer of Open Doors, which has served as a gathering song for King Avenue’s worship services since 2001 and has been shared with many other congregations around the country.  He also enjoys writing new hymn texts for special occasions.

In his free time, Chris enjoys cooking, reading and completing house projects.  He considers himself an NPR News junkie.

He is honored to be in ministry with the amazing staff and congregation at King Avenue UMC.