Music Ministry Team
Liz Tipple - Director
I grew up in the West Midlands but have lived in Sheffield for 35 years. I’ve been at St. Lukes since 1985, having given my life to Jesus at ‘Mission England’. I have a grown up family and a wonderful little grandson aged 18 months. I trained as a classical musician at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and at Birmingham University. I’ve just retired from my ‘day job’ as a violin teacher.
During the 1990‘s God began to draw me into using my musical experience to lead people to worship. I then studied for a diploma in Music, Spirituality and Worship at Cliff College. Since then, I have had the tremendous privilege of leading worship, and also teaching about music and worship, both in St. Lukes and further afield. I am co-author of ’Worship 4 Today' - a training course for musicians involved in leading worship which runs annually in the Sheffield Diocese and is now increasingly being used in other Dioceses throughout the UK. My passion is to enable people, through music, to discover the heart of God, to connect with Him, and to know His love in their lives.
Mandy Stebbing - Assistant Director
I joined St Luke’s congregation with my husband Chris (the vicar/minister) in March 2012. Before moving to Lodge Moor I lived on the Wybourn estate in inner city Sheffield for eight years working as a primary teacher, firstly in Barnsley and then at Emmaus Catholic and C of E school in our parish.
I wasn’t brought up in the church and became a Christian in my 20s whilst working as a newspaper reporter in Salford. I had always enjoyed singing and soon found myself part of music teams or choirs in whatever church I belonged to. I completed the Sheffield Diocesan ‘Worship for Today’ course in 2009 and recently agreed to help Liz Tipple, our music director at St Luke’s, with a view to supporting, developing and enhancing the musical worship here. My passion is to see people encounter God in a powerful and personal way as they worship him. I believe wholehearted worship draw us into his presence and enables us to not only glimpse his love for us as human beings, individual and precious to him, but also his mind-boggling magnificence and glory as the creator of the universe!
Myra Wilson - Organist
Born and brought up in Grimsby, where I became a Christian at age 18, I came to Sheffield in 1977 after university. I worshipped at Crookes Baptist Church, later at St Thomas' Anglican/Baptist Church. I came to St Luke’s in 1996 and became a member of the Music Group. Later, I started teaching myself to play the organ.
More recently a Music Ministry leaders group has been set up and I have become the organ coordinator, responsible for making sure somebody is playing the organ when required. Lately I’ve felt that God wants me to be involved solely with the organ and I’ve stood down from the Music Group to give more time to this role.