James Gerber

Associate Minister of Music

Music Ministries

James Gerber, DMA, is a life-long church musician serving numerous congregations in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Arizona. A native of Wisconsin, James earned his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he studied with Mr. John Thomas, a Master of Arts in Liturgical Music with an organ emphasis from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota where he studied with Dr. Kim Kasling, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from Arizona State University where he studied with Dr. Kimberly Marshall. His dissertation, Ernest M. Skinner and the American Symphonic Organ, illustrates how the tonal designs of the major European builders of the nineteenth century influenced the organs built by Skinner during the early twentieth century and how these instruments represent the culmination of the symphonic-styled organ. James most recently served at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Day School in Phoenix as Music Associate where he was the principal organist, co-director of the Choristers, and director of the handbell choir. In addition to his music ministry work, James’ music interests include performing organ recitals, presenting music related lectures, accompanying choirs, accompanying musical theatre, and playing clarinet in a community band. In 2014, he was the organist for Trinity Cathedral Choir’s (Phoenix, AZ) summer residency at St. Alban’s Cathedral (U.K.), and in 2015 toured with the All Saints’ Choirs performing concerts in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland. James is an active member of the American Guild of Organists.
James’s interests beyond music include playing bridge, thrift and antique shopping, hiking, movies and theatre, travel, and his dog, Maggie, a West Highland White Terrier.
James is excited to at Wayne Presbyterian and a part of the congregation’s dynamic music ministry.