Church organist honored for 55 years of service

— The friends and members of First Congregational Church of Crown Point joined together to celebrate the 55-year musical ministry of their organist Patricia Lewis Knapp on Sunday, May 13.

The year was 1957. The Rev. Graham R. Hodges was the pastor of the Congregational Church “In the Park.” A teen-ager with a love for music and the keyboard was asked to fill-in for Mrs. Macintyre, the regular organist of the church. From that point on, as they say, it’s all history.

“Pat shared her musical gifts whenever and wherever she was needed,” said the Rev. David Hirtle, pastor of the First Congregational Church today. “She would become the regular church organist sometime after that point. She would play for the ‘yoked’ parishes of Crown Point United Methodist Church/First Congregational Churches during their long-term association. She would play at the Episcopal Church in Ticonderoga. All of this while raising two children, teaching music at the Crown Point School and running the family business, Crown Point Telephone Company.”

During her on-going tenure, Knapp has worked with more than 20 pastors and played countless weddings, funerals and special events.

Knapp and her husband, Robin, live on the family farm (Lewis) in Crown Point.

“Pat celebrates life by sharing with her family as well as her dogs,” Hirtle said. “When she is not in town, Pat and Robin enjoy camping and traveling the country in their motor home.”

The church presented Knapp with a certificate for her service to the church as well as an etched plaque with her picture on it and a gift certificate.

Hirtle stated Knapp is one of the best, most accommodating organists he has had the pleasure of working with in more than 37 years in the parish.

Knapp continues to share her talents each Sunday “on the bench.”

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