St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Baytown will celebrate the 12th annual concert presented by David Sanders and Ricky Ponder during worship on Sunday.
The congregation and visiting members of the community will be captivated by Sanders and Ponder, gifted musicians, who will play 10 piano-organ duets. Some of the familiar tunes will include, “In This Very Room,” “Lord of the Dance,” “The Lord’s Prayer” and “A Mighty Fortress.”
Sanders and Ponder are friends, as well as, career musicians. Both are native Baytonians, recognizing their musical talents while in high school, and then pursuing careers in local industries for some time. Interestingly, over the years both established positions as church organists, serving different local churches. Their paths have intersected upon occasions, as each played at St. Mark’s UMC and Memorial Baptist Church, even once switching positions.
Ricky has, also, played locally at Cedar Bayou UMC, Westminster Presbyterian Church, and St. John’s Catholic Church, while David has also played locally for First Baptist Church.
The special church services, featuring the keyboard duets, came about eleven years ago when Ricky’s mother, Annelle Taylor, asked Ricky and David to play in honor of the birthday of Ricky’s grandfather, Watty Watkins.
This was well-received and the beginning of their annual piano-organ concert that draws an eager audience each year.
David has served as organist for St. Mark’s for 37 years, continues to do so, and he lives in Baytown with his wife, Teri. Ricky serves as organist of the First Baptist Church in Garland, where he lives with his wife, Rebecca.
The public is invited to attend their concert at St. Mark’s on Sunday with one presentation beginning at the 8:30 a.m. worship service and a second at 10:45 a.m. service.
St. Mark’s is located at 3811 N. Main St.