Get to Know Marilyn Bills – HOPE’s Director of Worship Arts

Here’s Marilyn in her favorite setting … a lake in Maine

THE FACTS:

In her first career, Marilyn was a public school music teacher for 14 years. Teaching classes and directing musical productions was all preparation for being HOPE’s first director of music in the fall of 1990. The Voices of HOPE began the second week of services with the Kids of HOPE being launched the winter of 1991. Marilyn was the music director of HOPE’s first Godspell production the summer of 1991 and has been directing HOPE’s productions and always expanding the Worship Arts ministry from the beginning. Marilyn is married to HOPE’s Lead Pastor, Jeff Bills. They have two grown sons, Josh and Matt.

THE ANSWERS:

One thing I love about my role on staff …

I get to serve with amazing artists. Getting creative, making music, growing in our faith together as we prepare for Sunday worship services and special productions is a dream job. There is nothing else I would rather be doing with my life.

A time I saw God at work in my life …

There is not enough space to even begin to answer this question. As a cancer survivor, I am thankful for being one of His miracles and being able to use the term, cured. As a mom of a son with Down’s Syndrome, I am amazed by God’s love that shines through Matt. I am constantly in awe of how God brought Jeff and me together and continues to allow us to serve Him through this ministry of HOPE Church.

A book that rocked my world (in addition to the Bible) …

Richard Foster’s “Celebration of Discipline,” is a book that comes to mind. I first read it in the fall of 1983. Foster writes about spiritual disciplines as something to celebrate, something to be desired. It is not a set of pious experiences but a call to build habits in our lives that wage peace in a world obsessed with war and plagued with injustices. I have read this book multiple times, led small group studies based on the book and each time, I gain new insights into how God is working in and through me.

One reason I think people should check out HOPE Church …

HOPE is probably not what you would expect! The services are inspiring, the teaching is solid and the people are amazing. My mother use to say of the people of HOPE when she would visit, “Everyone is genuinely happy to be here.” It’s an awesome community.

A hobby that I’d love to get into but probably never will …

Scuba diving. I love the water. I used to race a small sloop with my dad as a teenager, I can water ski, enjoy tubing, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking but have never had the opportunity to learn how to scuba dive. Unless I move to a warmer climate where the water is warm and clear, and I have the time to take lessons, it’s probably not going to happen. Right now, HOPE is where I want to be. But, maybe someday …

For more information,

Contact Marilyn Bills