At the age of 14, Lucas Weiss began his church music career when he was asked to play for one Sunday a month at Condit Presbyterian Church, not far from his family’s home in Sunbury, Ohio. Lucas is the fourth and youngest child of a Presbyterian Clergy Couple. His father Rev. F. Wayne Weiss was interim at First Presbyterian, Mount Vernon back in the early nineties. His mother Rev. Carol Weiss was the 40th woman ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1967 -- something Lucas is extremely proud to share with anyone who will listen! It was when his father was Interim Pastor next door that Lois Brehm took notice of Lucas and his piano skills, and realizing that a Pastor’s family has limited funds, offered to give Lucas organ lessons for free! And the rest, they say, is history! Lois and Lucas shared time on Saturday mornings for quite awhile and then Lucas was invited to explore the Organist Training Program at Methesco. While in high school, Lucas enrolled in the Certification Program at Methesco and began studying with Sally Casto, Organist at the Seminary and at Asbury United Methodist Church. In 1996, a year after high school graduation, Lucas was honored as the youngest graduate of the Organist Training Program.
Lucas continued to serve parishes in the Central Ohio area while he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management from Franklin University and a Master’s degree in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. While at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Lucas and a couple church music friends worked to create Cantor Connection, a local chapter of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and developed a series of hymn festivals and educational encounters for local Church Musicians featuring nationally-known Church Musicians. Lucas served Kenyon College as Accompanist and Wedding Organist and Mount Vernon Nazarene University as Accompanist and Organist, and taught both Class Piano and Private Organ. He has served in various capacities in community music as well - over the years he was Choral Director of the Big Walnut Community Chorus, the Sunbury Singers and most recently for the Hilliard Chorus, a group created to present Messiah every December, which under his guidance established a Spring Concert Series and was officially named the Hilliard Community Chorus. He currently serves as accompanist for the Centerburg Middle and High School Choral Music program and takes immense pride in supporting the continued development of new generations of music lovers and music makers!
Lucas lives in Sunbury along Big Walnut Creek and enjoys time with his nieces and nephews, family and friends. For relaxation and rejuvenation, Lucas uses his free time quite often to head up to Lake Erie – to relax at the Marblehead Lighthouse, to lounge on the Lakeside Pavilion, or to enjoy conversation and a glass of his favorite wine at Mon Ami Winery.
After you spend some time in worship under the musical leadership of Lucas, you will come to realize music ministry is his passion. Worship and the integral role of music has been and continues to be the focus of Lucas’s ministry. He considers himself a “Curator of Worship” – one who is called by the congregation he serves and entrusted with the great responsibility of learning the stories of that congregation, therefore enabling him to honor their traditions, while also finding new and different ways of expressing their authentic, indigenous worship. After worship, stop by the organ, the piano or the fellowship hour to share in a conversation with Lucas and share with him your story!