Director of Music
As a career Church Musician, Jerry developed extensive music programs in several Chicago area churches, featuring multiple choirs, handbell ensembles, and instrumental groups. In his last position at First United Methodist Church in Evanston, he worked with a professional choir and engaged a large cadre of student musicians from neighboring Northwestern University.
Mr. Jelsema received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a major in music and then attended the University of Michigan where he was awarded a Masters of Music degree. His career has also included singing in professional choirs, performing organ recitals and serving in leadership positions in professional organizations such as the American Guild of Organists, Choristers Guild, and the Association of English Handbell Ringers.