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Meet Our Music Leaders

Since 2011 Susan and Gary Brown have led our Sunday worship services with great joy. Blessed with the talents of multi-instrumentalist and songstress, Susan brings to our worship service an amazing variety of sounds via the fretted dulcimer, guitar, zither, autoharp, piano, penny whistle, recorder, and various rhythm instruments. Gary augments this with his sensitivity for varying vocal harmonies, adding harmonica and creative rhythm instrumentations.

Both Susan and Gary have been involved in church music since their childhoods. Susan has worked as music director/leader, ministering through music for more than 15 years. She combines degrees in theology and music from Valparaiso University to continue that ministry.

Susan and Gary Brown are well known in our community, where they share their interests in music and history by presenting programs from various time periods of our country's growth, as well as tunes from the British Isles. Often performing in period costume, the Browns entertain as they invite the audience to travel back and share history through music, dance and story. You may have seen them perform at one of these local events:

  • Tall Ships Chicago - The University of Chicago Folk Festival
  • "Renaissance Faires" in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Bristol, Wisconsin
  • The Stone's Trace Rendezvous in Ligonier, Indiana
  • The Hoosier History Fest at the HIS in Indianapolis
  • The Buckley Homestead Pioneer Festival in Lowell, Indiana
  • The Aukiki River Festival in Kouts, Indiana
  • Westchester Library Music Series in Chesterton, Indiana

On the last Sunday of every month, Harry Karabel leads music at our Praise Service and brings the same level of enthusiasm for the Word through music as he does in his other musical endeavors. On other Sundays, Harry helps lead the praise band at First Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso. He also has served many times as music leader for the Indiana Dunes Great Banquet.

Since 2004 Harry has been an integral part of Into the Light, a local Christian rock band. He plays guitar, mandolin and harmonica, contributes to the bandís four-part vocal harmonies, and writes a lot of their original material. Into the Light has made three CDs of original songs and is working on their fourth. To learn where you can go to hear the band, visit

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