Kairos-Milwaukie United Church of Christ

IanIan Timmons has been lending his beautiful baritone voice to KMUCC for the last nine years as a soloist and choir member. In 2017, he added his leadership skills when he became music director and choir conductor. The experience brings him great joy. “It has created such a safe space for me to grow as a director and conductor. Beyond that, it is my beloved community,” Ian says.

Ian has been missing his beloved community since COVID-19 arrived and shut down any opportunity to sing together. However, Ian, the choir and his musical team — Lily Breshears and Dan Hunter — have discovered ways to continue to create and connect while they are apart.

“We have many plans for singing and celebrating when the time comes to meet again,” he says. Ian used the summer to learn, plan and make music at the church’s Sunday Zoom services. Now he and the choir are looking to the future — working on audio and video recordings, musical moments and performances from past and present music team members.

Ian says the choir and music “deliver us to each other. We laugh, we hold space for each other as the world whips us around, and we make music together, which I think is one of the most special things a group can do together.”

Ian’s ever-growing faith and his love for music are inseparable. “Music breaks us open,” he says. “COVID cancelled that, which has been heartbreaking. But music is the great hope giver. For me, this is the time to practice my faith in the redemptive power of music.”