Though we are a small congregation, two remarkable pastors in active retirement have offered to coordinate their availabilities to bring our Sunday messages and provide pastoral care [more].
Erin Tompkins, Music Director
Erin Tompkins is a mezzo soprano with the Phoenix Opera and a private voice teacher to emerging professionals and exceptional youth. Recent roles include Lazuli in L’Etoile, Flora in La Traviata, along with 11 other operas since 2009. She is in her tenth year as songleader at Via de Cristo.
Nick Manson, Keyboardist
Award winning jazz pianist and keyboardist, Nick Manson is also a composer, arranger, and producer, …recording and playing with many jazz, pop gospel artists and renowned studio musicians. His piano playing is swinging, lyrical, consistently inventive and original.
Nick began finding his instrumental and composer voices in high school, taking him to Berklee College of Music on scholarship. As his career subsequently developed in a variety of settings in Seattle and Los Angeles, he produced, arranged and performed music on CDs and for films, television and commercials, winning two Emmy Awards for his work on a children's television show.
Nick co-wrote the gospel standard "Jesus, Mighty Fortress" with Terry Clark and Roby Duke. Thousands of his arranged titles and original music play internationally on commercial music channels.
Nick owns and operates his own recording studio and runs his own CD label, Manasus Music. A guest lecturer and clinician at many schools, including USC and the Los Angeles Music Academy, Nick currently is a professor at Mesa Community College in the Jazz Studies program, teaching jazz composition, arranging, playing ensembles and music business courses.