North Aurora singer and keyboardist John Douglas joined Flowing Forth United Methodist Church in Aurora as worship director.
Prior to joining Flowing Forth, Johnson conducted music for churches in the area.
The native of Sioux Falls, SD, began musical studies at the age of four and took up the piano. He recalls, “My mother played the hymn book and sang all the time and I had the option of playing the same thing by ear.” He later sang and played the organ for services conducted by his stepfather, a Lutheran minister in Barrington.
After studying vocal education and piano performance at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he earned an Actor Equity card and sang and danced nationwide. For 20 years in New York, he performed in the theater, in soap operas and on the hotel circuit. For 13 years he worked with a brother who opened an Aurora church. Two pastoral brothers and sisters.
Johnson said: “I think music is something that we all have within us, something that unites our minds and I hope to unite us through it. I have already felt how good it would be if every minute of our lives could be set to music, but for now, I’ll be content with the time we spend together in worship. “
Flowing Forth UMC runs worship services online and in person at 10 a.m. on Sundays at the Aurora Christian School Theater, 2255 Sullivan Road in Aurora. The public is invited. Parking is free. A voluntary offering is taken.
Pandemic protocols are observed, including temperature checks, hand washing, social distancing and the celebration of fellowship with prepackaged items.
Call (630) 239-2321 or visit flowingforthumc.org for more information.