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Central United Methodist Church in Lenoir City has selected Lindsey Blocker as its new worship and music director.

Blocker is an experienced creative director with experience developing music, sound and lighting enhancements for services in churches in Virginia, Florida and East Tennessee.

She most recently worked at Anchor Baptist Church in Kodak before moving to County Loudon.

Music has been an important part of her life, she says. Blocker is a professionally trained pianist with an undergraduate degree in music, a master’s degree, and a K-12 teaching license.

Blocker is also a talented singer with stage experience in several opera companies. She works entertaining local “gigs” at private venues such as Gettysvue in Knoxville.

She said she enjoys adding value to worship services through music.

“Music helps bond people,” Blocker said.

At Central, she will be responsible for leading a 20-person choir, a bell choir and a praise team. She said she would like to engage the groups in more community outreach. She will also work with lighting and sound personnel to schedule services.

“I want to work on the aesthetic,” Blocker said.

Central is somewhat unique in providing modern and traditional services, said Reverend Scott Layer, senior pastor. Blocker’s experience in a variety of music and worship styles will allow him to make an impact on both services, he said.

“We wanted someone to take us to the next level,” Layer said. “She is the person God wanted to be here.”

Blocker said she looks forward to working with a wide range of music and worship styles.

“We are working to create an inclusive worship environment,” she said.

In addition to music, Blocker said she would like to bring back a dance ministry. She will also provide guidance and musical accompaniment for Rejoicing Spirits, a monthly service designed to help meet the worship needs of adults with disabilities.

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