Grace Baptist Church
Custom Allen Organ
French Terrace Console
Two years ago Dr. Betty Mills, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Richmond was searching for a meaningful project to celebrate the church’s 180 year birthday in 2013. Along with members of the church, the project of replacing their forty year old Allen organ, fondly named “Old Faithful”, began in earnest in January of 2013.
As part of their search, a committee investigated pipe and digital organs as well as combinations of the two. A group of seven visited several Allen installations including the recent one at Christ Church, Kensington, MD, designed by Al Russell. As they entered the sanctuary, the organ was being played by organist, Jim Catlette; something remarkable happened. They began to envision such an organ at Grace Baptist.
The committee’s task was completed as they recommended a custom organ to be built for their sanctuary. Following their report to the finance committee, the funding efforts began. And by September it was clear their dream would become a reality.