Welcome to Our New Staff Members!

Elizabeth Peter

Vicar

Vicar Elizabeth Peter is from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated with a B.A in Telecommunications from Penn State University. She worked as a Production Assistant/News Director at CBS 21 News before answering her call to pursue an M.Div from the United Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg. Elizabeth is a Fund for Leader Scholar; she spoke at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering; and is a member of her Alumni Gospel Choir from PSU. Elizabeth is in her third year at ULS and is passionate about preaching, studying the psalms, and being with people. She enjoys cycling, cooking, watching Netflix, singing and sailing.

Elizabeth is excited to immerse herself with the people of Phinney to teach, preach and learn about God together.

 

Craig Hopper

Gospel Choir Director

Craig Hopper was born in Seattle, Washington and studied at Seattle Central Community College, where he completed coursework studies in music theory, music composition, piano, and choral training. He has an extensive background in vocal direction and as a church musician.

Craig knew at an early age that music ministry was his calling. While in high school, he served as a volunteer instrumentalist for the Inspirational Chorus and Chapel Choir at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle. There, he developed his skills as a gospel singer and drummer. He would also work as the Assistant Director of the Brotherhood Chorus, and Director of The Hopper Family Singers; a family music ministry whose repertoire included beautiful a cappella African-American Spirituals. The group performed throughout the greater Seattle area from 1977 until 1990.

In 2001, Craig was called as the Director of the St. Matthew Lutheran Church Adult Choir in Edmonds, and in 2004 Craig became Choir Director and Music Coordinator for the newly formed Edmonds Lutheran Church (ELC). At ELC he developed the music program, consisting of an adult choir, a vocal ensemble, a string ensemble, a chime choir and a praise chorus.

After an extended sabbatical, Craig is excited to return to music ministry. He is looking forward to serving the people of Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church. He believes that through the ministry of music people can experience God’s power and grace.

Craig is married and has a son. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, Major League Baseball, and is a history buff.

 

Paul Georgeson

Youth Choir Director

Paul Georgeson is a lifelong member of Phinney Ridge Lutheran, baptized here in 1992! He is a recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, having earned a Master of Music in Sacred Music there, and is the current Assistant Artistic Director for reSound, a small choir exploring the ways choral music can be used to articulate a message of social justice and inclusion for all.

Paul is a board member of the Institute for Social Change through the Arts, an organization focusing on the power artistic expression has to impact social change.  He’s recently been published in a collaborative work, The Complete Choral Warm-Up Sequences, led by Dr. James Jordan.

 

Jeffrey Cooper

Organist

Jeffrey Cooper began his career in Northern California with undergraduate studies in organ at Chico State, studying with David Rothe while playing the organ for numerous local churches. Since then, he has obtained a master’s degree in sacred music from the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral degree from the University of Houston, studying with Craig Cramer, Robert Bates, and Matthew Dirst. His doctoral research involved Buxtehude’s lost suites on the seven planets and their influence on Bach’s early works. During his time in Texas, he has been organist and director of music at St. Christopher Episcopal Church in League City, as well as organ scholar at St. Philip Presbyterian Church in uptown Houston. His wife, Anna, is another musical Californian with a background in fiddle and voice. Together they keep a joyful household (to say the least) with two daughters: Elizabeth, age 3, and Ingrid, age 1. Jeffrey will begin his work at PRLC the first of December.