DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
David Acres came to America in the Fall of 2013 after meeting his wife in the Summer of 2012 at Wells Cathedral in England. David started his musical career as a boy chorister in Exeter Cathedral in Devon, England. He trained under Lionel Dakers and Robin Gritton in voice and choral directing in his late teens and early twenties, and went on to found and run several choral ensembles, including the critically acclaimed chamber choir Counterpoint - www.counterpoint-uk.com.
Over the years David has sung with many choral ensembles and has performed in France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Northern Ireland, Norway and Italy. He has recorded Early Music and Baroque CDs for Hyperion, Decca, Herald, ASV, Nimbus and Priory and he currently co-runs and directs the Charleston-based professional choir The King's Counterpoint, who are Artists in Residence at Old St. Andrew's. More information can be found on The King's Counterpoint's website, www.thekingscounterpoint.com
In addition to being a member of the Staff at Old St. Andrew's, David and his wife Judith are members of this wonderful parish, and have the added joy of working together at the church: Judith is the Assistant to the Music Director, and leads the Old St. Andrew's Handbell Choirs, is the parish Webmaster, and is a section leader with the Parish Choir.
Jeanne Gerhardt is the Bookkeeper here at Old St. Andrew's. She and her husband are members of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
A member of Old St. Andrew's for nearly 20 years, Brenda became Old St. Andrew's Christian education director in March 2021.
She brings to the position an enthusiasm to share the love of Jesus Christ with our youngest members through the Family Service, Sunday School and many special programs. Since becoming Christian education director, Brenda has been working to expand the church's offerings for children, families and women.
She grew up at St. Paul's, Summerville, where she was an acolyte and member of EYC. She was also a member of the Diocesan Youth Commission.
Prior to working at Old St. Andrew's, Brenda had a 30-year career as a reporter at The Post and Courier and spent two years as aquatics coordinator for the City of North Charleston.
She has been married to her husband, Fred, for 30 years, and is the mother of young adults Brianna, Nick, Ben and Cassidy, who were active members of Old St. Andrew's and the diocese during their youth. She also has a wonderful daughter-in-law, Meagan, and the cutest, most intelligent grandson in the world, 2-year-old Brock.
She welcomes emails, texts, phone calls and visits from anyone with ideas or comments about Christian Education or programs for families or women.
ASSISTANT TO THE MUSIC DIRECTOR, WEBMASTER, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Dr. Judith Acres holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Historical Performance Practices from Case Western Reserve University, OH, as well as her Bachelor's degree in Vocal Performance from The College of Charleston, SC, with additional post-graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and the Indiana University Institute of Early Music where she studied performance practices, music history, opera and theater.
Judith has held positions as Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty in music history, vocal pedagogy, graduate research methodology and applied voice at both Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio, as well as Adjunct Voice Faculty at The College of Charleston, SC. She is ever-active as guest faculty and lecturer for workshops, special events, and community education forums. She currently serves as Executive Artistic Director for professional vocal ensembles The King's Counterpoint (Old St. Andrew's Artists In Residence), Cantores Charleston, Contrapunctus (OH), and Counterpoint (UK), and is also Senior Analyst for the Integrated Business Planning team at the Ingevity Corporation, headquartered in North Charleston, SC.
In addition to being a member of the Staff at Old St. Andrew's, Judith and her husband David are members of this wonderful parish and have the added joy of working together at the church, where David serves as Director of Music.