TERRY TIERNEY Chairman, Board of Directors Terry has been a proud member of The NCC since June 2007 singing in the Baritone section. Terry returned to singing in 1992 when he was a member of the Portland (Maine) Symphony Choral Group, sang in the Little Rock (Arkansas) Catholic Cathedral Choir and since 1997 with the Hagerstown (Maryland) Choral Arts.
He and his wife, Kathy, of 38 years are proud parents of 5 children and 4 grandchildren. They are active members for the St. Ann Catholic Church in Hagerstown.
Terry is President of a 41-store footwear chain know as Super Shoes. He started out in the shoe business in Cincinnati, OH, selling shoes part time as a college student. Terry served in Wiesbaden, Germany, as an officer in the U.S. Army. Terry holds a Business Management degree from the University of Cincinnati.
"I have received so much by being a member of this wonderful organization. Serving on the Board of Directors is one way I can give back!”
B. G. FITZGERALD Vice-Chairman, Board of Directors B. G. Fitzgerald has been a supporter of The National Christian Choir since his wife, Kathy, started singing with The Choir in 1994. He previously served on the Board of Directors from 1995 to 2001 and was Chairman from 1998 to 2001.
B. G. grew up in Stuarts Draft VA. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Masters Degree in Logistics Management. He served in The United States Air Force for 20 years including time in Wichita KS, Vandenberg AFB in CA, The Johnson Space Center in Houston TX, and Grand Forks ND. After retiring from the Air Force, B. G. joined Booz Allen Hamilton in the Washington DC area as a management and technology consultant where he continues to assist government clients.
B. G. and Kathy are parents of one son, Scott, who lives in Melbourne FL. They are members of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg MD. B.G. enjoys refinishing antique furniture, watching major league baseball, and traveling.
B. G. is very pleased to be back on the Board of Directors and looks forward to helping shape the Choir’s future.
J. RICHARD STEVENSON Secretary, Board of Directors Richard Stevenson began singing bass with the NCC in July of 2009 after singing with church choirs for a number of years. Dick is convinced that his calling to the Choir was the work of the Lord and he has been inspired by the vision and mission of the NCC.
He and his wife of 28 years, Margo, share 3 sons and daughters-in-law as well as 8 wonderful grandchildren. Dick is retired after 38 years as an elementary school principal in New Jersey and in Montgomery County, Maryland. They are active members of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland and are involved in a number of activities including many years in Stephen Ministry.
After serving as vice president and president of the NCC Choir Council, Dick found a void in his life that encouraged him to “wait upon the Lord” for the next step in his walk. The opportunity to join the Board of Directors is now a proud and humbling way for him to bring enthusiasm and administrative organizational skills to move the NCC into a very bright future.
ED BISHOP Member, Board of Directors Ed Bishop brings greater than 25 years of professional experience in corporate management, team leadership, business development, and strategic planning. He attends Chapelgate Presbyterian Church where he actively serves as a Deacon. For many years Ed sang with the Chapelgate choir and men’s ensemble, managed the audio-visual team, and has served on numerous committees.
Ed holds a Master of Engineering Management degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ed is married to Renee, and they have two daughters and a son. They reside in Ellicott City, Maryland and have been long-time supporters of the NCC.
JOHN W. CUSHWA Member, Board of Directors John W. Cushwa was born and raised in Berkeley County, WV. He grew up on a dairy farm west of Martinsburg. After graduating from Shepherd College with a B.A. degree in Secondary Education, he taught for one year in Pendleton County, WV. In August of 1970 he married his wife Jeanie, who is now retired from teaching. In 1971 he returned to Berkeley County to become the band director at Hedgesville High School.
After teaching for several years, John resigned to return to manage the family farm and orchard. In 1982 he purchased the Martinsburg Printing Company, which he operated until 2002 when he sold the business and entered Wesley Theological Seminary as a full-time student in Washington, D. C. from which he graduated with a degree of Master of Divinity in May of 2005.
In March of 2006 he was called to the historic Falling Waters Presbyterian Church, where he served as pastor retiring in September of 2013. In May of 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
John continues to preach several times a month and is currently serving on several Shenandoah Presbytery committees and is a Commissioner to the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic of the Presbyterian Church (USA). John and Jeanie are the parents of three sons and seven grandchildren.
SANDRA P. DAY Member, Board of Directors Sandy Day is a retired middle school counselor who lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland. She is a part-time employee of a research firm and conducts assessments and studies under contract to the US Department of Education.
In her volunteer life, Sandy sits on the Foundation Board of Frostburg State University. In addition, she is a member of the Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus, Maryland, where she sings in the Chancel Choir, is a liturgy leader, and belongs to Heritage Circle. She has served in several positions of leadership within the church. As a member of Alpha Xi Delta National Women’s Fraternity, Sandy has remained an active alumna and was a past volunteer leader on regional and national levels to support collegiate women. She also supports Autism Speaks, the fraternity philanthropy. Every year Sandy helps at the annual carnival in Mt. Airy to support the local fire company.
Sandy has been a singer since 1999 in the National Christian Choir and is a former Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Choir. She has served as chair of sponsorships for the annual Golf Tournament and helped with other special projects. She finds that serving in the NCC has contributed to her personal and spiritual growth and can still hardly believe that she is part of this glorious Choir, with wonderful Christians, under such special, God-given leadership. She continues to be excited about what lies ahead for the NCC and makes every effort to publicize events as well as encourage new members.
KATHY BOWMAN Director of Music and Ministries; Host, Psalm 95 Radio Ministry A native of Washington, D.C., who grew up in Arlington, Virginia, Kathy Bowman (formerly Kathy Miller) has been involved in music as long as she can remember! From singing around the piano and harmonizing in the car with her family, to playing for church services, denominational gatherings, school choruses and music festivals, Kathy has been immersed in music. She studied both piano and violin from an early age and it didn’t take long for her unique gifts in playing by ear (as well as by note) and in improvisation, to become apparent. Recognizing her talent early on, her high school choral director invited Kathy to serve as conducting assistant and also commissioned her to write an original arrangement of Christmas favorites to be performed and recorded by the school’s choir.
Kathy holds a B.A. in Music from the College of William and Mary with an emphasis in choral conducting and piano. While there, she was invited to be music director for the school’s production of “Cabaret” – conducting both orchestra and singers in multiple performances. Receiving a full scholarship to attend graduate school at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Kathy went on to receive a Masters degree in piano performance and was subsequently offered a full scholarship plus graduate assistantship to pursue a doctoral degree at the Conservatory, but accepted an invitation to join the music faculty at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee instead.
Her professional career has taken her from teaching at the university level through over 30 years as a minister of music in Church of God, Assembly of God and Methodist congregations. She is well-known for producing large-scale dramatic-musical performances and has built successful choral programs in several churches. Kathy served as founding co-pastor and minister of music at Potomac Valley Assembly in Germantown, MD from 1987 to 2002 and then in 2003 became organist/accompanist and subsequently Director of Music and Arts at Trinity United Methodist in Frederick, MD. She also added “music teacher” to her many roles in 2000 when she began teaching vocal and general music at Patapsco Middle School in Howard County, MD. There she conducted 3 award-winning choruses involving over 230 students.
(continued) Kathy was the original accompanist with The National Christian Choir, beginning at the very first rehearsal in January 1984, and worked closely with founding director, Harry Causey, over the years to help develop the NCC into the fine choir it is today. In 1997, Kathy left the NCC for a brief period to devote more time to her church ministry, and then returned to the Choir in 2002. She has not only served the Choir as pianist, but also as assistant producer on nearly all of the NCC’s recordings. Kathy has written many choral arrangements and original compositions that are included on NCC recordings and several have become Choir favorites. Her inspiring choral anthem “I Choose To Believe” was voted #6 among all NCC anthems over the choir’s 25 year history and was performed at Strathmore Hall by the NCC with the Peabody Conservatory Orchestra during the choir’s 25th Anniversary concert. “I Choose To Believe” may be heard on the NCC’s 25th Anniversary CD as well as on “O Holy Night”, one of the choir’s earlier Christmas recordings.
2006 was a year of big changes for Kathy. In January she left her teaching position to prepare for a February wedding to long-time friend, Dennis Bowman and in April, they moved to their new home in Gettysburg, PA. In 2009, Kathy began work on a long-awaited project – her debut solo piano album. Entitled “Songs From the Heart”, this collection combines dazzling keyboard skills with a moving and sensitive artistry to reflect the anointed playing style for which Kathy has become so well-known. Unique original arrangements of 13 favorite hymns and worship choruses are included on this CD.
In addition to her musical activities, Kathy has been a sought-after speaker within the Christian community, addressing worship conferences, ladies’ retreats and church seminars. Her frank, often humorous, teaching style has helped many people mature in their faith as she deals with topics related to worship, leadership, women’s issues and general Christian growth. Kathy’s wonderful insights into God’s word and practical Christian living may be heard as she now hosts the NCC’s weekly radio broadcast “Psalm 95”, aired on over 400 stations around the country.
In 2011, Kathy left her positions at Trinity Methodist to become the Director of the National Christian Choir, following the successful 27 year tenure of founding director, Harry Causey. She feels that her entire life of music and ministry has prepared her for this role and she treasures the opportunity to serve God in this capacity. In her own words: “I wake up every morning thanking God for the joy and the challenge of leading The NCC – the day can’t begin early enough or last long enough because I just love what I’m doing now!”
Under Kathy’s leadership, the ministry of the NCC has expanded to include a new ensemble – “2nd Edition”, comprised of 24 auditioned voices from the larger Choir – which is available to minister at smaller churches that cannot accommodate the full NCC. She also initiated the formation of the First Annual NCC Children’s Christmas Choir that participated in the Choir’s 2011 Christmas concerts.
Kathy is Mom to 3 wonderful children: Gavin Miller (and wife, Caitlin), Carrington McDowell (and husband, Ryan), and Aynsley Keller (and husband, Kevin). She is also “Gram” to two grandsons, Deklan and Miles Keller, and one granddaughter, Quinn Miller.
Favorite Scripture: (a hard choice!): "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Favorite Quote: “A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” John C. Maxwell
Favorite pastimes: Shopping, cooking and reading
Favorite Song (another hard choice!): "Something Happens” by The National Christian Choir.
ROBERT GERMAN Business Administrator
Robert German, known for his fun personality and great attention to detail, serves as our full-time Business Administrator, beginning with The NCC in 1992. He loves music, but don't ask him to sing! You can ask him to help with just about anything else, however, because he is always willing. Robert and his wife, Penny, reside in Germantown, MD, with their two children.
LORETTA SPANGLER Admnistrative Assistant
Loretta has been singing for Jesus all her life and as a Soprano I with the NCC since 2009.
Prior to joining the NCC office staff in 2016, she spent her days homeschooling her three sons from preschool through high school. Now, she spends her days carrying out administrative tasks for the NCC, teaching high school math and science at HisWay Homeschool Academy, and pursuing a graduate degree in library science at the University of Maryland.
In her spare time, Loretta enjoys distance running, cooking, sewing, and reading history and philosophy. She resides in Westminster, Maryland.
Valerie was introduced to music at an early age by her parents. Her father, who was a percussionist, would often have his drums set up next to her mother's piano...
Valerie was introduced to music at an early age by her parents. Her father, who was a percussionist, would often have his drums set up next to her mother's piano. While taking piano and flute lessons, she continued to have fun just playing her father's bebop Gretsch drum set along with the variety of records she found in the hi-fi cabinet. Although it was not typical at that time for girls to play drums, her parents encouraged her to pursue that instrument and she began lessons with her father's teacher, Oliver K. Bernd, who gave her an early love for the orchestral style of musicianship. She continued to play throughout her school years under the direction of Stewart Wolf and Vincent P. Bercher and was a member of the Red Hill Band. On her 16th birthday her parents bought her a blue Vistalite Ludwig drum set; it is the same set she uses for the concert venues, and fits in well with the color of the NCC robes. During college she continued to play in the marching band and jazz and percussion ensembles and enjoyed playing in the orchestra pit for the all-campus musicals. Her percussion instructor at this time was Willis Rapp.
After college and marriage and starting a family, she thought her drumming days were over, but after a hiatus of about ten years she and her husband reluctantly decided to joined the orchestra of their church. It was during this time that she met C. Harry Causey, and he invited her to accompany the National Christian Choir as their percussionist.
Valerie is a full-time pharmacy technician and part-time carpenter’s assistant. She is married to Dan, and they have three children. She has been with the Choir since 1998.
Michael is a Maryland native, raised in Aberdeen and currently living in Bel Air. His musical studies began at age seven when his parents bought him a piano and arranged for lessons for his birthday...
Michael is a Maryland native, raised in Aberdeen and currently living in Bel Air. His musical studies began at age seven when his parents bought him a piano and arranged for lessons for his birthday. While his studies were focused on the classic repertoire, his passion was for the music of the church, and he sensed early on that music ministry would be an important part of his life.
After five years of lessons in his hometown, Michael began studies at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore. During this time, he also started playing regularly at his home church, accompanying the congregational singing and arranging offertories and other music for the services. Gradually, invitations to play came from other churches and ministries, and his concert ministry began.
Michael continued his training at the University of Maryland at College Park where he completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance. During his freshman year at Maryland, he recorded his first solo recording, In Moments Like These. That album began receiving airplay on Christian radio stations across the county, and by the time Michael completed his degree studies, his concert ministry had become a full-time career.
Since that time, there’ve been seven more recordings as well as concert performances around the country, both as a solo pianist and in conjunction with other Christian artists. In addition to the concert ministry, Michael plays regularly at Sandy Cove Ministries in North East, Maryland, and at the church he attends, New Life Community Church in Kingsville, Maryland. He considers it an honor and privilege to include The National Christian Choir in his ministry schedule.
Joan’s musical background started with piano lessons at the age of seven. She took seven years of lessons and continues to play for her own enjoyment...
Joan’s musical background started with piano lessons at the age of seven. She took seven years of lessons and continues to play for her own enjoyment. Joan became interested in bass guitar in high school. She took a couple of lessons and then became a member of the Damascus High School Stage Band until graduating in 1981. She next attended Frostburg State College and was a member of the Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. A few opportunities to play came along after graduation, mainly at church functions. Joan auditioned for and was accepted as the bass guitarist for the National Christian Choir in 2006.
Joan was born, raised, and has always lived in Montgomery County, MD, with the exception of the time she attended college. She earned a bachelor's degree in Recreation in 1984. After working at numerous jobs (none of which were recreation-related), she became an office manager for a local plumbing company. In 1991, she joined the Federal Government. Since Joan enjoyed the bookkeeping aspects of her prior job, she went back to school for an accounting degree. Joan is currently an accountant in the Travel Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Perhaps when she retires, she will dust off that Recreation degree!
Joan's husband since 1985 is David Carlson who sings Tenor I with The National Christian Choir. They have one adult son, Tony, who is autistic and has a seizure disorder. This provides many challenges in all aspects of their lives; however, Tony has a wonderful personality, and Joan and David have truly enjoyed watching his growth and accomplishments. Two cats, Maestro and Max round out the family. The Carlsons currently reside in Clarksburg, MD
Joan grew up in the Methodist Church, but she has been a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church since 1988. While at Good Shepherd, Joan has participated in the Altar Guild, Teller Team, Capital Campaign Committee, Handbell Choir, Praise Band, and various other musical groups as needed.
Lauryl has been singing and playing piano ever since she can remember, beginning her music career at three years old when she sang, all by memory, her first solo in church...
Lauryl has been singing and playing piano ever since she can remember, beginning her music career at three years old when she sang, all by memory, her first solo in church. Her father, a minister for more than 50 years, says she was “on key all the way.” Her mother, who holds a degree in piano performance, gave her children a musical heritage and made sure each one had music and piano training. Lauryl grew up throughout a number of places in the U.S. and has lived in cities such as Chicago, Charlotte, and Washington, D.C.
Not surprisingly, Lauryl holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in composition, but technology has also been a large part of her journey. When she received her first computer, she took it apart and put it back together; her love for technology led her to pursue a master’s degree in educational technology.
Her experiences include singing, playing keyboards and piano, and composing for large productions, dinner theaters, and operas; conducting various productions, cantatas, bands and orchestras; and performing on keyboards and vocally in various venues such as weddings, funerals, local jazz bands, and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra via the Hagerstown Choral Arts Society. She also has experience in sound design.
Lauryl has served as music/worship/choir director at various churches throughout the country and is currently the worship leader for a local church. She hopes to continue composing and to publish some of her work.
RB Hooks IIISound Engineer
RB was born in Kentucky into the home of a Southern Baptist minister and is the namesake of his grandfather, also a Southern Baptist minister. Cemented in Southern Baptist background, RB has been involved in many areas of church life...
RB was born in Kentucky into the home of a Southern Baptist minister and is the namesake of his grandfather, also a Southern Baptist minister. Cemented in Southern Baptist background, RB has been involved in many areas of church life--Chairman of the Music Committee, Chairman of the Audio/Visual Committee, served the Vision Committee, Church Council, Youth Council Adult Sponsor, and Interim Worship Leader. He has sung in church choirs, participated and soloed in the music ministries of Dulos (male gospel quartet) and Chosen (male trio), as well as The NCC.
RB holds a BS degree in Computer Science/Business Administration. He began working for the Department of Defense as a Mainframe Systems Database Administrator and Senior Systems Programmer/Analyst. In 1988, RB was recognized as one of the Outstanding Young Business Men of America. In 1990, he went to work for Storage Technology Corporation and has held numerous positions - Senior Software Support Representative, Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Engineering Manager, Support Manager, Senior Product Manager, Sales Executive, District Sales Manager. Currently, RB is the CTO of Public Sector for Sun Microsystems (who purchased Storage Tek) and a featured speaker at conferences and seminars across the US .RB joined The NCC in 1984 as a singer and sang with The Choir until his skills led him to be the current Audio Engineer for The Choir. He mixes all of The Choir's concerts and is the recording engineer for The Choir.
In addition to RB's full-time job and other activities, he also runs a complete recording studio (Creative Sound Design) dedicated only to Christian artists from his home. Through that studio, he serves as the engineer for The NCC’s radio program, "Psalm 95." RB conducts audio seminars for churches and does audio system analysis. He and his wife, Judy, live in Laurel, Maryland.
DONNA ISAACS Director, Children's Christmas Choir Music is in Donna Isaacs’ blood. At the age of seven, she sang with the Damascus (Maryland) Community Band. In fifth grade she began playing saxophone and played with the Browningsville Cornet Band, begun by her grandfather and consisting of many family members. She vividly remembers winter evenings after dinner, playing saxophone, while her mother played piano and her brother played the clarinet.
Inspired by the band and choral directors at her high school, Donna earned a B.S. degree in Music Education at Frostburg University, subsequently traveling to Hawaii to join her husband, Skip, at Barbers Point Coast Guard Air Station. There she took her first teaching assignment in an elementary school at Wheeler Air Force Base that had never had a music program, quickly learning to play ukulele after discovering 30 of them in her classroom.
Returning to Maryland after Skip’s tour of duty, Donna spent the next 30 years teaching elementary music for Frederick County Public Schools, while also raising a family and taking graduate level music classes at University of Maryland, Towson University, and Peabody Conservatory of Music.
Over the years, Donna has made time to serve her local church as organist/choir director, handbell ringer, and committee member. She sang with the NCC for 11 years and currently serves on the Golf Tournament Committee. She and Skip have been married 46 years and have two sons and two grandsons.