On Thursday, the Kessler Park United Methodist Church officially announced that Turtle Creek Chorale artistic director Jonathan Palant is the congregation’s new minister of music. Palant’s inaugural service will be May 22.

Here’s the full press release:


Noted conductor to guide music programs for Oak Cliff institution

Dr. Jonathan Palant, Artistic Director of the Turtle Creek Chorale, has been named Minister of Music at Kessler Park United Methodist Church effective immediately.  He will conduct his first service Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Palant, a resident of Dallas’ Kessler Park area, said, “Kessler Park United Methodist Church, very much like the Turtle Creek Chorale, is rich in its tradition and community involvement.  I look forward to growing the music ministry through unique musical programming, citywide collaborations and intergenerational activities within the church.  I am humbled by this appointment and enthusiastic about every aspect of this new responsibility.”

“We are delighted to have someone of Jonathan’s talents to guide our music programs,” said Reverend David Carr, Senior Pastor.  “We have always had an outstanding ministry of music for all ages – children, youth and adult – and with Jonathan’s direction, we anticipate an even greater level of participation and quality.”

Senior Pastor David Carr remarks, “We see Jonathan’s appointment as a critical element to growing our commitment within the Dallas and Oak Cliff community.  We have a significant ‘visioning’ initiative underway for the whole church having recently launched new initiatives for Generation X and Y adults, as well as programs for our Methodist Youth Fellowship.  It’s truly an exciting time of growth at KPUMC.”

Carr became Senior Pastor of the church in July 2010.