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Pat Garner

Interim Director of Music Ministries / Choirs

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Pat started filling this position on an interim basis in March 2022. His responsibilities include directing the Chancel and Clarion choirs (voices and handbells, respectively). In addition, Pat is tasked with coordinating all worship music with Pastor Beth and the rest of the staff.


Pat started his involvement with church music as a child in a Presbyterian church in his hometown of Lynchburg, Virginia, both singing and handbells. He sang in the Glee Club at University of Virginia during 1968-72. Pat moved to the Chicago area in 1977, and started singing in the CPC Chancel choir shortly thereafter. He has directed the CPC choirs on an interim basis several times since 1999. He is ordained as Deacon and Elder, currently serving on Session. When not at CPC, Pat can be found at his day job as a nuclear engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, performing work related to nuclear reactor safety, both in the US and abroad. He has been directing the Choral Group at Argonne since 2009 and has sung in the chorus for the Chicago production of “Too Hot To Handel”, The Jazz-Gospel Messiah, numerous times since 2008.

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