Welcome Kraig Windschitl
Principal Organist & Director of Handbell Choirs
It is with great joy that we announce Kraig Windschitl as Wayzata Community Church’s Principal Organist and Director of Handbell Choirs. Kraig comes to us eager to share his numerous gifts. Not only an extraordinarily talented organist, he is also an accomplished handbell conductor. His ability on piano as well as organ will allow all church members to enjoy his extensive skills and commitment to worship. Kraig’s exceptional musicality, his energetic personality and disciple’s heart will be a wonderful addition to our Music Ministry Team, Church Staff, and church family.
After completing high school at the Perpich Center for Arts, Kraig received his B.A. in Systematic Theology and Organ Performance with a minor in Vocal Education from St. John’s University. His graduate study was done at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University resulting in a Master of Music in Organ Performance with a cognate in Church Music and Carillon studies. Kraig has served as adjunct professor of organ at Saint Johns University where he also taught music theory and ear training.
Kraig comes to us from Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, where he was hired in 2005 by Pastor Paul Youngdahl to serve as principal organist. Over his tenure at Mount Olivet, Kraig has served through the 3 Church campuses of Mount Olivet, where he was fortunate enough to discover another of his passions, Handbell Choirs. Most recently, he leaves his position at Breck School in Golden Valley, where he served as Chapel Organist and Carilloneur to pursue yet another interest, Real Estate.
Kraig is no stranger to Wayzata Community Church. He is a student, friend and colleague of our own Diana Lee Lucker, Organist Emerita. He has performed regularly in the WCC Summer Organ Series as well as sharing his extraordinary skills with our Pastoral Care ministry as a substitute organist for funerals and weddings.
Kraig’s ministry among us will begin in September 2016.
A genuine word of thanks to the Organist Search Committee: Carol Evans (chair), Diana Lee Lucker, Deb Mackaman, Doug Muller, Tom Paulson, Sandy Siebert, and Autumn Toussaint. Their time and dedication to music as an integral part of our church life is greatly appreciated.
Join us in welcoming Kraig to the Wayzata Community Church family!
Kris Sanford, Personnel Director
Rev. Dr. John F. Ross, Senior Minister