“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to humankind to proclaim the Word of God through Music.” - Martin Luther
Music is an important part of life at La Casa de Cristo. Throughout worship we experience God’s grace in word and music from the voice of our magnificent 92 rank Berghaus pipe organ, the dozens of voices who make up our adult and youth choirs, the gift of 5 octaves of hand bells rung by members of Carillon de Cristo and Youth Bells; and our Band of Believers supplies contemporary music on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.
Dr. Michael Mazzatenta, Organist/Handbell Director, Michael received his Doctor of Music Arts degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University and performs as a concert organist, accompanist, handbell director, and jazz pianist. He completed his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan. Michael has won awards for both performance and composition, including his history making "double-win" awarded by Area II of the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers for original handbell compositions in both the adult and youth categories. He is also the editor of the Complete Gospel Preludes for Organ by William Bolcom, recently published by E. B. Marks Music. Michael is the Adjunct Instructor of Class Piano and Jazz Combo at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Extremely versatile in both classical and jazz music, you might see him freelancing in jazz clubs one night and accompanying a concert choir the next! He performs as a duo with his twin brother, guitarist, Mark (Instructor at High Point University in High Point, NC) in varied programs of classical, jazz, and original compositions.
Johnny Meier, Director of Media Ministries, Johnny was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of Illinois State University. He is very close with his grandparents John and Pat and has two sisters named Andrea and Chrissy. He has an extensive background in media and film production and recently produced and co-directed a faith-based baseball movie titled One Hit From Home that was released in the spring of 2012. Johnny has also produced and directed an array of promotional videos for non-profit organizations and churches.