Highlands Church welcomes new worship leader, adds new 11:00 a.m. service
Highlands Church, a United Methodist congregation in Bella Vista, recently welcomed Kris Schoeppey as worship leader for the church’s new contemporary service. Starting in her new role in May, Schoeppey has had the summer to prepare for the kickoff of the new service scheduled to begin on September 10. Schoeppey, along with her husband, Brad, raised their three, now young adult, sons in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, before living in Nebraska from 2012 to 2015. She graduated from John Brown University with a music education degree and taught music. When her sons were younger, she also gave private music lessons. “I always dreamed of being a worship leader, and in 2002 my church invited me to apply for the job — that’s when it all began,” stated Schoeppey.
While her role comes with many responsibilities, including planning for volunteers for everything from greeters to people who do Communion, Schoeppey’s primary focus at the moment is recruiting band members. The contemporary service is in need of a drummer, acoustic guitar player, bass player, and electric guitar player. “I’ve started choosing music that we’ll use long-term and I’ve been setting up practice sets,” added Schoeppey. For example, on Spotify and Youtube I have a set of five songs and I change them every week so people will start getting used to listening to them.”
While there are many rewarding aspects to being a worship leader, Schoeppey said her favorite is “seeing people make a connection with God, and then if they take that and transfer that to their everyday lives, then it becomes part of their lifestyle which is fantastic.”
Schoeppey teaches high school vocal music at Gravette during the school year and is new to Highlands Church. “I have found them to be a very warm and generous group of people — they are very friendly,” noted Schoeppey. “I’m looking forward to meeting people that maybe are looking for a church home to come and experience the same kind of hospitality that I’ve been offered.”
The contemporary service is brand new to Highlands Church. The church has had a traditional service for years and a 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening service that’s more of an eclectic and informal service. The contemporary service will be a new service added to what the church already offers. The 9:30 a.m. service on Sunday is very traditional, and the contemporary service will be at 11 a.m. It will be completely different from the other two services. The new service will incorporate contemporary music and will relate to families in the community.
Highlands Methodist Church is located at 371 Glasgow Road in Bella Vista. For more information, contact the church by telephone at (479) 855-2277, or online at humcbv.com.