Music Ministries

Welcome! Whether you are a musician looking to serve the church in an exciting and dynamic music ministry or just enjoy attending our Fine Arts At First Concert Series we hope that you feel right at home here at First United Methodist Church. If you would like to learn more about joining our music ministries, please reach out.

Soli Deo Gloria!
David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries
Phone: (941) 639-3842, ext. 229



The Chancel Choir sings at the 11:00AM service on Sunday mornings. This group rehearses in the Choir Room (Room # 8) on Thursdays at 6:30PM and before the service Sunday mornings at 10:30AM. Beyond offering beautiful choral music on Sunday mornings, the choir also performs two choral concerts each year. The Choir is open to everyone. Please contact, David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries, if you would like to join this group. David’s email:

The Handbell Choir plays September to May once a month at the 8:00AM and 11:00AM services. This group rehearses on Wednesdays at 6:30PM in the Choir Room (Room # 8). There are two requirements to join this group – the ability to read music and director’s discretion. Please contact David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries, if you would like to join this group. David’s email:

The Praise Team serves in worship during our 9:15 am Contemporary service. Our team enjoys leading our contemporary service in worship music from various artists, such as Bethel, Elevation Worship, Desperation Band, Lauren Daigle, Rend Collective, Israel Houghton, Kari Jobe, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong and more. Our team of talented musicians help establish and lead us into an atmosphere of worship every Sunday. We are currently looking for musicians to help enhance our band. For more information about our audition process, please contact Daniel Candia, Contemporary Worship Leader. Daniel’s email:

Fine Arts at First Concert Series

Stay tuned for our next concert series announcement.


Music Staff

David Bellows, Director of Music Ministries, began his formal music education at Hope College, where he earned a Bachelors in Organ Performance, studying with Huw Lewis. David received a Masters in Organ Literature and Performance at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Hans Davidsson. He has also studied organ with Thomas Bara, Jonathan Biggers, and Todd Wilson. David is deeply interested in all aspects of the organ and choral music. In his spare time, David enjoys perusing iTunes in search of new music to suit his eclectic tastes, finding new trails to bike down, going to the beach and drinking strong coffee.
Daniel Candia, Contemporary Worship Director





Dolores Smith, Accompanist, has been choir accompanist for the past six years and enjoys playing the gathering music on the piano at the 8AM and 11AM services. Raised in Newburgh, N.Y., she attended Potsdam State College on the northern border of New York State. Piano has always been a part of her life, starting lessons at the age of five and playing for Sunday Schools, Churches and Choral Groups. She has taught piano, accompanied for both the North Port Chorale and Charlotte Chorale, played in the two piano group, and directed the South Port Square Chorus. She enjoys visiting her two sons and their beautiful wives, three grandsons and one granddaughter (including two darling granddogs) from one end of the country to the other. Dolores enjoys reading, spending time with her friends, attending live performing arts events, taking walks along the beach and enjoying nature in Port Charlotte.