Notes from Susie
Mark Edwards served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee for thirty years. He "retired" in October, 2007 and became the Vice-President of Celebrating Grace, Inc. Mark shepherded the production of the Celebrating Grace Hymnal (released in March, 2010) and led the committee of composers and arrangers that produced more than 1500 choral, orchestral, and keyboard accompaniments for congregational singing. In July, 2013, Mark retired from Celebrating Grace, but remains as an advisor and consultant for many of the Celebrating Grace projects and products.
During his extended music ministry in Nashville, Mark was a frequent choral clinician, conference leader, adjunct college instructor, literary writer and musical arranger. Much of the focus of his music ministry has been congregational singing. His numerous published works include a textbook on congregational singing and dozens of hymn settings for congregation, choir, vocalists, piano and organ. He has served on two hymnal committees, presided over the Baptist Church Music Conference, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s School of Music. Mark is south Texan, educated at Howard Payne University and Southwestern Seminary.
2016 Breakout Sessions
Choosing Gratitude in Life's Low Places through the Language of Hymns
Mark Edwards, retired Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Nashville, and advisor to Celebrating Grace publishing, explores the sustaining power of hymn texts. Using as example his personal journey with his wife, Susie, through her two-year battle with cancer, Mark ponders and rejoices over the way their faith was buoyed by hymns, old and new. The language of hymns that had always been an integral part of their everyday life became an even greater source of strength and gratitude for their family and the hundreds of friends who shared their cancer story by way of the Facebook group page called "Notes from Susie." Learn more about Mark and Susie's experience and how it, unexpectedly, turned into a book of hope and healing for patients and caregivers walking a similar path.
Notes From Susie: Choosing Gratitude in Life's Low Places from Celebrating Grace on Vimeo.