Andy Kort began his ministry as the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in 2011. Prior to moving to Bloomington, he served churches in Phillipsburg, New Jersey and in Larchmont, New York. He also credits a field education experience in Boston as a major influence on his ministry. Originally from Pittsburgh, he calls Charlotte, NC home.
Andy graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he majored in Public Relations. He received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
While at Princeton Seminary, he met and married the Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort, also an ordained Presbyterian Minister. They are the proud parents of twins, born in 2011 and of a son born in 2013. Andy enjoys reading, traveling, good coffee, and exercise. He is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and has quickly warmed up to the idea of cheering for the Hoosiers.
The Session has recently appointed a Transitional Associate Pastor Search Committee. This group will help us navigate our initial time of transition without an installed Associate Pastor. Please contact anyone on the Session or Rev. Kort with any questions.
Grant Farmer has spent the majority of his career serving as a high school choir director in the Nashville, TN area. The Wilson Central High School Choirs consisted of over 200 singers, across multiple ensembles, performing a wide range of repertoire. The ensembles received numerous superior accolades and were selected to perform in both the TNMEA and the TNACDA state conferences.
Grant received his Bachelor of Music degree in vocal music education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009. After six years of secondary teaching, Grant obtained his Master of Music in choral conducting from the Westminster Choir College under the tutelage of Drs. Joe Miller and Amanda Quist. While at Westminster, he served as the Graduate Assistant Conductor for the Westminster Choir and was a member of the early music ensemble, Kantorei, as well as the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He was also privileged to sing under the baton of several notable conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Alan Gilbert, and Simon Rattle, while a member of the Symphonic Choir.
Over the past ten years, Grant has engaged in various soloist and professional ensemble positions including Music City Baroque Ensemble, Tennessee State University, Sewanee Chorale, Nashville Chamber Singers, and Nashville Opera. Most recently, he held the role of Captain in Eugene Onegin at the 2017 Spoleto Music Festival U.S.A. in Charleston, SC. Grant is currently in his second year at the Jacobs School of Music in pursuit of his Doctorate in Choral Conducting and serves as the Choral Assistant for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus.
Chris Young is Professor of Organ at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University. He has been a featured artist at national and regional conventions of the AGO, and has been heard on Pipedreams, a program broadcast on National Public Radio.
Child Care Coordinator
Crystal Ritter is a graduate of Indiana University where she studied Telecommunications and Business. She has worked with children and families of First Presbyterian Church since 2011. Crystal also works for the City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation as the Community Events Coordinator for the Arts. In this position, she plans and organizes many events for the city including concerts, movies, art fairs, and works with other organizations to help them put on events in our city parks. Crystal has a long history of working with children. She was the Program Director of Boys & Girls Club of Bloomington's Ellettsville Unit for several years and has taught preschool programs from gymnastics to gardening.
Brian McNulty, Bell Choir Director
Brian received a D.M. in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and currently works in the Instrumental Ensembles Divsion at the Jacobs School of Music. He has served as co-director of the Symphonic Bells of Bloomington and he has studied organ with Colin Andrews.