Manatee United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Sharing God's Abundant Grace



Our music department, under the direction of Laurel Cantrell, provides weekly music for the Worship services and in addition, presents an Easter and Christmas cantata each year. The music department consists of the Worship Choir, Praise Team and various soloists and instrumentalists.They also add enjoyment to other services throughout the year. 


Our Music Director... Laurel Cantrell



Laurel and her husband Jeff have been married for 20 years and relocated to Bradenton from Columbus, Ohio. They share their home with two cats, Chloe and Zeke. They have an adult daughter/stepdaughter, son-in-law and granddaughters who reside in Pickerington, Ohio. Jeff and Laurel enjoy home DYI and decorating projects, riding bikes, as well relaxing on the lanai and enjoying their pool.


Education and Experience:

Laurel Cantrell has been active in church music from an early age, singing in church Christmas programs beginning at age 6. She began her church service as a youth accompanying preschoolers during their Sunday School song time. She has served as pianist and/or music director in several churches (United Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal).  She has also been active in other church leadership roles including Sunday School teacher, treasurer, and Church Moderator/Deacon Chair.

Laurel has a Masters of Church Music degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary and an MBA from Ohio University in addition to her BS degree from Miami University (Ohio) in Marketing. Over the past 35 years, she worked in many different analysis, IT, consulting, and managerial positions in the retail, automotive aftermarket, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries. In addition to her church Music Director position at Manatee United Methodist Church, she is a sales representative for Neal Yard Remedies Organic health and beauty products and an occasional IT consultant.