Arbor Music is a quarterly “Jam” session in the fellowship hall of the church. The house band, led by David Johnson and including Eric Ellis, Scott Gentry and Kevin Rash provides the core of the music on stage. There are anywhere from 10 to 15 pickers and singers who join the house band. Some guests sit on stage and play with the house band for the entire evening, while others move in and out. Everyone who desires may pick or sing with the group. Choir director Sandra Bell and pianist Lois Doss lead the congregational sing-along portion of the event. There is NO CHARGE for this event.

The Arbor Grove United Men’s Club sells hotdogs, chips, desserts and drinks to the hungry crowd.

Arbor Music is an extension ministry of the church. Pastor Suze Pillsbury-Taylor says, “Anything that you do for the community, you’re doing as a ministry. Some people only respond to music, and I can understand why. We have so much talent in our church and our community. David Johnson stated, “The whole idea is the fellowship of it — it’s an outreach for the church.

Meet The Pastor

Rev. Dr. Susan Pillsbury-Taylor (Pastor Suze) is known for her strong faith in Christ, her love for all God’s people, her gifts in preaching the Gospel and praising God in music and empowering others as disciples of our Lord. She is also a counselor, specializing in support groups as well as spiritual formation seminars using a variety of art mediums. Pastor Suze has been a United Methodist minister for nearly twenty years, but before being called to ordained ministry she was a professor of English and Creative Writing, and during her earliest years she explored her gifts of music through Paramount Records as a recording artist, singer/songwriter. One of her earliest albums has been reissued under Sunbeam Records as Susan Pillsbury CD which is available through Amazon.com. She continues to write and record music as well as to paint watercolors professionally, and it is this creative energy which she brings to serving Christ’s church.

Pastor Suze is married to Lee Taylor and has a family of unique dogs. She comes from a family of pastors and teachers and has a special heart for the performance arts and the myriad ways we can express our love for God.