Church Vice President Candidates

Robyn Hollimon has served the past 16 years as Director of Music at Genesis UMC in Fort Worth where she leads the Chancel Choir and coordinates music for Sunday morning worship and special events throughout the year. She has been active since childhood in both Baptist and Methodist churches, from choir and hand bells to accompanying and leading contemporary worship music. She has collaborated in presenting two TCDA church division sessions and a session at the 2013 ACDA convention. Besides church music ministry, she is active as a private voice instructor, TMAA adjudicator and clinician.

Robyn graduated with a BME from Baylor University and recently retired after 30 years of teaching in Texas public high schools. Her choirs have received numerous awards, performing five times at TMEA and SWACDA conventions and as a demonstration choir for the 2007 ACDA convention. She served as Region 7 Vocal Chair from 2006-08.

If Elected: I am truly honored to be nominated to run for TCDA Church Division VP! I have watched in awe as current leaders have navigated the events of the past few years, understanding that the future will also hold unique challenges and opportunities for our churches, our schools, and our organization.

Having grown up with many preachers, teachers, and musicians throughout my extended family, sacred music has played a special role in my life. My formative years were spent in my mother’s children’s and youth choirs, learning to sight read and performing for church services and special events. The good old days!

Churches have undergone many changes since then, whether it be the rise of non-traditional worship, changes in family priorities and commitments, or the aging of our congregations, to name a few. In addition, the past few years of live streaming have shown us that we must be more creative and engaging as we minister to people at home.

If elected, I will endeavor to work with church musicians throughout the state to find practical solutions to current issues and I will seek to provide inclusive, relevant, inspiring and diverse TCDA clinics, worship opportunities and reading sessions.

Todd Wilson has served as the Pastor for Worship and Music at First Baptist Church in Abilene for the past 19 years, and in full time music ministry since 1985. Todd has also served as adjunct professor at Hardin-Simmons University and Logsdon Seminary. Conducting assignments have included clinician at local high school and middle schools, and clinician and conductor of the Texas Music Educators Region 16 Junior High/Middle School Honor Treble Choir. Additionally, Mr. Wilson conducts the Singing Men of West Texas, a regional choir of ministers of music and an assistant conductor to The CenturyMen, a nationally auditioned, Grammy nominated male chorus.

Todd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and completed a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Wilson currently serves on the board of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and Abilene United Way.

If elected: Music within the local church is marked by great diversity, and in recent days, transition and even uncertainty. While many choirs and church music participants have safely returned to public corporate worship, most churches have found that we are still not where we were before March of 2020. Who could have imagined that we would have been without church choirs and instrumental ensembles because of the pandemic? The challenges of “finding our way back” in these days has been unprecedented, and yet, we continue to look forward, to persevere and find those new doors that are open to us. The solutions have been as individual as each congregation, and all are seeing hope appear on the horizon.

It appears that now, more than ever, TCDA can be one of the places to find the encouragement, enthusiasm, and expertise from our fellow minister musicians as we navigate this journey together. I believe we can look well beyond our differences and honor our diversity, seek to strengthen each other, and find this new historic way forward. I would be honored to serve as we navigate these days together.