Meet our Music Staff
Ben received his undergraduate education from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, and his Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Church Music from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Ben is a strong believer in the prophetic voice of music and the arts, and is passionate about beautiful worship, training choristers and promoting the organ and its music.
Ben is delighted to have served the great people of Saint George’s as Minister of Music since the summer of 2009. At Saint George’s, he is responsible for the visioning and oversight of all things musical, including the cultivation of the musical talents of the parish, leading congregational song, directing choirs, developing our concert series, and educating the parish on music and the arts. Prior to his appointment at St. George’s, he held similar positions throughout the Midwest, most recently at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lawrence, Kansas.
In addition to his work at Saint George’s, Ben is course manager for the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Washington D.C. Course for Advanced Trebles and Youth Singers, which takes place each summer at the National Cathedral and Episcopal High School, and a member of the national RSCM Training Course Committee. He serves on the Advisory Board and teaches for the Potomac Organ Institute, and is a past dean of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Appointed by Bishop Johnston in 2014, he serves on the Diocese of Virginia Committee for Liturgy and Music .
Ben and his wife, the Rev. Meredith Lovell Keseley, when not at church, enjoy traveling, exploring good food and wine and chasing after their two young children.
I love that Saint George’s is a singing community and that we are not afraid to boldly sing our faith. I'm continually thankful for our great treasury of hymns and songs and for the great people of all ages that come together week after week to proclaim God’s gracious love and beauty through the gift of music.