Richard Shadinger


Richard Shadinger has been a member of Immanuel since 1974 and organist since 1981.

He is a native of Carrollton, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Music degree from Shorter College and the M.C.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music. He has served as Professor of Music in the School of Music of Belmont University since 1974.

An accomplished musician in the Nashville community, he is often heard in concerts playing organ, piano, and harpsichord, and also plays Belmont's 43-bell carillon. He is an active member of Nashville's chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

At Immanuel, Richard has served as a deacon, deacon chair, pre-school Sunday School teacher, committee member, and coordinator of the Immanuel Book Club. He especially appreciates the supportive family of faith and the meaningful worship tradition he has experienced at Immanuel.

Richard is married to Marilyn and together they have two married children. Sylvia and her husband, Ben Bridges, live in Macon, Georgia with their two sons, Wilson and Henry. James and Cameron Shadinger live nearby in Nashville with their daughter, Elise.

Richard enjoys hiking, travel, and reading /collecting books. He has a special interest in congregational song and his collection of hymnals numbers more than 2000 items.

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