Dellinda Ebeling, Chair – Contact Dellinda
Dellinda Ebeling has been a handbell musician since the 1990s and is the director of Bells Gloria at Second Baptist Church in Lubbock, where she also facilitates several ensembles within the group. She began a children’s handbell choir in 2015 and is a ringer at another local church.
A member of Handbell Musicians of America, she previously served a term on the Area 9 board where she helped organize two Spring Rings in west Texas, arranged and served as the clinician for a fall Boot Camp and reading session, and assisted in organizing Area 9’s first national anthem ringing event in 2016. She has organized two other workshops in Lubbock with nationally known clinicians and attends events around the country to further her own skills in directing and ringing. Passionate about all things handbells, she has begun working with friends to establish a community handbell ensemble in Lubbock.
Dellinda has been an attorney in private practice for over 40 years, specializing in Child Protective Services cases. Her husband Bobby cooks breakfast for the group on the Sundays they play and is a dedicated chauffeur, bell polisher, and all-around assistant. They enjoy spending time with their daughters and triplet granddaughters in addition to their church activities and traveling.
Mark Arnold, Chair-Elect – Contact Mark
Mark Arnold has been an active church musician for most of his life, currently serving as Director of Handbell Ministries at the First Baptist Church of Keller TX. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education and Music Theory and advanced study in Computer Science. Mark’s professional experience includes many years of directing handbells, teaching school orchestras, leading adult and children’s choirs, playing horn in community ensembles, and an occasional gig playing bass in jazz or rock groups. In addition to leading workshops and clinics, he has published arrangements for both brass and handbell ensembles. In his “spare” time, he manages software development projects for a major North American transportation provider. Mark and his wife, Robin, have three grown children and reside in Fort Worth, Texas.
Ed Gibson, Secretary – Contact Ed
Ed Gibson is a native of Houston, Texas and graduate of Klein Forest High School and currently serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts at Christ Church United Methodist in The Woodlands. Ed was previously Music Director at First United Methodist Church of Waxahachie, Texas from 2007 to 2013. While in Waxahachie, Ed revamped the handbell program from zero choirs and zero members to four choirs with a total of forty members. He has a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music from Texas State University, San Marcos, and a Master of Sacred Music from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (under the direction of Dr. C. Michael Hawn). Ed has completed all three levels (260 hours) of Kodály Teacher Training, Southern Methodist University (2012), and all three levels (195 hours) of Orff Schulwerk, Southern Methodist University (2015). Ed holds memberships with the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, Organization of American Kodály Educators, Choristers Guild, the Texas Music Educators Association, The Hymn Society of The United States and Canada, and The National Flute Association. Ed served on the worship committee for the Texas Annual Conference (2015), was Member at Large for the Waxahachie Symphony Association and president for the Dallas Chapter Choristers Guild. Ed proudly sings with The Woodlands Chorale and serves on the board as Member at Large.
Diana Montgomery, Treasurer – Contact Diana
Diana Montgomery has been an active handbell musician for more than 20 years. She has served as the director for a children’s handbell ensemble since 2001 and now also directs the Chancel Bells at Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. In addition to handbells, she has served as the assistant organist since 1987. In 2019, Diana also became the director of the Brookwood Handbell Ensemble, a 15-member handbell ensemble founded by Linda McKechnie at the Brookwood Community, a residential community for disabled adults in Brookshire, Texas. Diana is the secretary on the board of directors for the Greater Houston Handbell Association. She has a degree in music education from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, with emphasis in flute and organ.
Diana is a licensed CPA and retired from her full-time accounting work in 2017. She now devotes her time to music, family and volunteer activities.
Patty Highland, Past-Chair – Contact Patty
Patty Highland has a love of handbells, having been involved with handbells for over thirty-three years as a ringer, director, teacher, and clinician. While in high school, she discovered the joy of ringing in an ensemble and has been ringing or directing ever since. Patty has served as music director in Austin area churches for thirty years, directing handbell ensembles and vocal choirs. In addition to her church leadership, she has enjoyed teaching handbells at summer music camps and as a clinician. Patty is one of the co-founders of the Austin Handbell Ensemble. After a “family leave break,” she is happy to be back ringing with the ensemble. Patty currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Lake Travis United Methodist Church (in Austin, TX), leading choral and handbell ensembles. She also loves to play piano anda regularly accompanies ballet classes at a local dance studio. Patty holds music degrees from Furman University (music education) and University of Texas – Austin (choral conducting.) Patty and her husband David are the proud parents of Emma and Dawson.
Sandy Milner, Membership – Contact Sandy
Sandy Milner is the Director of Administration for Restore Hope Ministries, a non-profit organization in Tulsa where she has worked for twenty-nine years. Sandy holds a bachelor degree in business administration. In her spare time, she knits, crochets, attempts to quilt, takes harp lessons, and plays handbells – a lot! Sandy has been a member of Tulsa Festival Ringers since September 2008 and is currently serving as president of the organization. She has played handbells in her church, First United Methodist Church in Broken Arrow, since 1991 and has directed the children’s handchime choir. Sandy is also a ringer for First United Methodist Church (Tulsa) and has substituted for University United Methodist, Arrow Heights Baptist Church, and Memorial Baptist Church. She currently resides in Broken Arrow with her husband, Matt, and their cat, Orson. Since their two children live on opposite coasts, they remain in Oklahoma to be halfway in between the two! Sandy is always looking for opportunities to share the music of handbells with others.
Venita MacGorman, Education – Contact Venita
Throughout a 36-year career as a church musician, Venita MacGorman taught hundreds of ringers of all ages. After retiring, she began a new adventure as conductor of the Oklahoma City Handbell Ensemble, a non-auditioned community group. She has contributed many articles to the HMA “Overtones” publication and to “The Chorister”, the official publication of Choristers Guild. With her daughter Erin, she is the author of the Choristers Guild publication “Basic Training for Bells” and with her daughters Erin and Kristen, of “Basic Training 2: Rhythm Training for Ringers.”
Venita has served several times on the Area 9 Board, as Oklahoma Representative, Education Chair, Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past Chair. She has led workshops for HMA and Choristers Guild at the local, area and national levels. She is a member of the Oklahoma Native American Flute Circle, plays NA flute for hospice facilities and plays flute and pennywhistle in a local Celtic Music group.
Matt Arnold, Publications & Social Media – Contact Matt
Vacant, Financial Advisor – Contact Vacant
Kari Daelke, Member at Large – Contact Kari
Kari Daelke is a graduate of Valparaiso University (Indiana) and began ringing handbells in 1980 at the suggestion of her sorority big sis. That experience developed into a lifelong passion for ringing that has included concert tours; ringing in church and advanced community groups; and attending many area, national, and international ringing events such as Loire Valley Handbell Festival in France, Distinctly Bronze, and the Inaugural UK Bronze (England). She currently rings with Concert Bells of Fort Worth and serves as Vice President. Kari also rings and helps select/coordinate repertoire for the Glory Ringers at King of Glory Lutheran (Dallas). Professionally, she is a full-time graphic artist / pre-press manager at Rapid Reprographics in Dallas.
Lee Hinson, Oklahoma Representative – Contact Lee
Lee Hinson is in his sixteenth year as Professor of Church Music and Coordinator for Church Music Studies at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. He has served as a worship leader in local churches for 40 years, engaging primarily in interim and supply work since 1999. Before coming to OBU, Dr. Hinson taught at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO from 1999 to 2005, and was Director of the Church Music Program. Before teaching at Midwestern he worked as the Small Church and Associational Music Consultant for LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville. He is a 1977 music education graduate of Baylor University, holds a master of music degree from East Texas State University (now Texas A & M at Commerce), and a doctor of musical arts degree in church music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also earned a master of arts degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been writing and leading conferences about worship and music since 1994. Dr. Hinson began directing the University Ringers at OBU in 2007, a group established by Mary Kay Parrish in 1985. In recent years the Ringers have performed in Missouri and Illinois, in addition to numerous churches throughout Oklahoma.
Vacant, Texas Representative (North) – Contact Vacant
Vacant, Texas Representative (South)
Greg Pysh, Texas Representative (West) – Contact Greg
Greg Pysh has served as Minister of Music for First Presbyterian Church, Midland TX, since 1996. He has served as the coordinator of the West Texas Handbell Festival every year since its inception in 2001. His handbell compositions, which include “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen”, “Pat-a-pan”, and “Fum, Fum, Fum” have been selected for the catalogs of publishers since 1988. In addition, he serves as book review editor for the Choral Journal. He and his wife Kathy have two adult children.