Benjamin Gessner has been a parish organist for nine years. From 2019-2021, he served as the Director of Music of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Albany, GA. Originally from the Hudson Valley, NY, Benjamin was baptized into the United Methodist Church, and confirmed in the Reformed Church of America. He has played for Episcopal, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, and Roman Catholic communities.
Benjamin completed an M.M. at Mercer University in May 2021, studying organ with Dr. Jack Mitchener and church music with Dr. Nathan Myrick. Previous organ teachers include John Rose and Christopher Houlihan at Trinity College, CT. At Mercer, Benjamin was named as a fellow on the Music and Human Flourishing Research Project, funded by a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. Under the supervision of Dr. Myrick, he co-authored a chapter for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Community Singing. Benjamin’s academic interests include ritual studies, Episcopal liturgical revision, and communal authenticity.
When not at the console, Benjamin can be found poring over theological commentaries (or hymnals, or prayer books), going for short hikes, or just watching Netflix.