Our Music Ministry

“Come let us sing for joy to the Lord . . . . . Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.”  Psalms 95:1-2 (NIV)


Each Sunday at First Presbyterian we come before the Lord and worship Him with gladness, making a joyful noise with the hymns that we sing.  Our worship service is made even more meaningful through the special music presented under the leadership of Nancy Bolen and Kay Sudderth.

We offer opportunities to participate in our music ministry through the Adult Choir and the Adult and Junior Hand Chimes Choirs.  All are welcome and no prior experience is required.  Please consider joining with us in praising the Lord through music and song.  

The Adult Choir rehearsal is at 7:30 p.m. each Wednesday.   The Hand Chime Choirs rehearsal times vary and will be listed on the church calendar.


Nancy Bolen, Choir Director

Nancy is a life-long resident of Colfax.  She began attending First Presbyterian with her family in 1964, joining  the church and choir in 1972.  Her mother, Mabel Bolen, served as Choir Director and Organist until 1982.   Nancy became Choir Director in 1986 and organized the adult and children’s Hand Chime Choirs in 2004.  She is an Elder of the church. 

Nancy received a Bachelor of Music Education from Greensboro College and taught band, chorus and elementary music in Rockingham and Guilford Counties for nine years.  She enjoys teaching privately and playing with the Main Street Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir.




Kay Sudderth, Organist

For the past 30 years we have been blessed to have Kay Sudderth as a part of our church.  She has provided beautiful and inspirational organ and piano music to enhance our worship services and special events.  

When asked about her music, Kay replied:  “Musically, I would have to describe myself as "a very experienced amateur."   I began playing for Sunday School and/or church at Newland Presbyterian Church in Avery County, NC while I was still in elementary school.   I became part of the music program here at First Presbyterian in May 1982, after our move to Kernersville due to my husband's job transfer.   Playing for worship allows me to "give back" in a very personal and meaningful way, both to my Lord and to my Church Family!”