Joan Witte, Music Director
Joan Witte has been the music director at the New Baden United Methodist Church since 1991. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1985. Following graduation, she was director of the junior choir and later the chancel choir at First United Methodist Church of Mt. Holly, New Jersey.
Since accepting the position of music director at New Baden United Methodist Church, she has been responsible for leading all of the musical activities at the church. These have included playing piano and organ for services, directing and accompanying the adult and junior choirs, directing the chime choir, leading the contemporary praise singers, and leading the music for Vacation Bible School.
Joan considers leading music for the church to be a calling from God, and finds it a great joy to be able to serve Him in this way. Her greatest joy came in 1999 when she committed her life to Jesus Christ during a revival at the church and found the relationship with Him that she had been lacking. Since then, making music has not been about just fulfilling the duties of her job, but about praising God with the gifts He has given her and leading others into His presence.
Besides directing the music, Joan has been involved in other church activities as well, including teaching the adult Sunday School class, being a member of the United Methodist Women, and being a part of the prayer ministry.
In addition to her work with the church, Joan also teaches private piano lessons and plays the harp professionally. Since 2002, she has been privileged to visit several churches, giving concerts on her harp and sharing the personal testimony of what God has done for her.
She has been married to Michael Witte since 1985, and they have two children: Angela and Jonathan.