Rev. David F. Donathan, Minister of Music/Organist


Significant family members: My wife, Karen, and I have two adult daughters: Kayla and Emily.  Kayla is currently the Career Services Student Support Representative for Ross Medical Education Center in Charleston, WV.  Emily is a teaching assistant at the Baden Academy Charter School just outside Pittsburgh, PA.  Our dog, Melody, a Pug/Pomeranian/Yorkshire Terrier mix, will be one year old in March of 2014.  Melody is our second dog.  We had our first dog, Bailey, a Beagle mix, for 15 years before he passed away in February, 2013.

How I relax and have fun: I love road cycling and have participated in several charity rides for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Favorite music: Other than the obvious, sacred music, I love the music of the 1980’s!

Favorite board game/card game: To be honest, I hate playing games.  I will occasionally play “Words with Friends” or Scrabble.  But in general, I am not a game person.

Favorite food or restaurant:  I would have to say Mexican or southwest cooking, mainly because of all those wonderful seasonings.  But in my mind, my comfort food is a pot roast with all the veggies thrown in.  Dessert…Pound Cake.

Superpower you wish you had: Sometimes, I wish I was able to see the future.  I also wish I was able to remove people’s pain.

Best surprise I have ever received: It takes a lot to surprise me, so it doesn’t happen very often.  That being said, I really can’t remember any particular surprise that I would call “the best.”

Description of my favorite Bible: I enjoy using a good study Bible, and the one I am using now is the Wesley Study Bible.  However, the first Bible I ever remember using was an orange-colored, paperback Bible from the late 1970’s called, “The Way.”

What I like best about Christ Church: The music, of course!  But not necessarily when I am leading it.  My favorite moments in worship are when I can get out of the way and let the music go on its own, so to speak.  I also love the social involvement of the congregation, and the fact that the church opens its doors for use by the community.

The usual stuff:  (education, employment, etc.)   I grew up in St. Clairsville, OH and am Presbyterian by upbringing.  However, my first church job was as an organist in a United Methodist Church and I have been a United Methodist ever since.  I graduated from St. Clairsville HS in 1981, received a Bachelor of Music in 1985 from the University of Akron, Akron, OH.  Karen, my high school sweetheart, and I got married in June of 1985 and I started graduate school in the fall of 1985.  I graduated from Scarritt Graduate School, Nashville, TN, in 1987 with a Masters of Church Music in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting.  From Nashville, Karen and I moved to Dalton, GA where I was in ministry at First United Methodist Church for 5 years as the Director of Music/Organist.  Both our daughters, Kayla and Emily, were born in Georgia.  In 1992, I accepted the position as Director of Music/Organist for Christ Church.  In 2010 after answering a call to seek ordained ministry as a Deacon, I enrolled in United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH, to take the necessary Basic Graduate Theological Studies required by the United Methodist Discipline.  When I was commissioned for the ministry of a Deacon in 2011, my title was changed and I became the Minister of Music/Organist for Christ Church.