Music Director: Jonathan "Jon" Elmore
Hello everyone! My name is Jonathan Elmore, and I am currently serving Smith Valley United Methodist Church as the Music Director.
I come from a very small town in Virginia and was raised in the Methodist church. Growing up, my father was the choir director of our church and my mother was heavily involved in said choir, so I have always been around music. I began singing in the church choir at a very young age and, when a vacancy suddenly appeared at our church piano bench, I taught myself how to play piano (serviceably) within a year and have been a church musician ever since.
Aside from being a church musician, I have dedicated the rest of my life to music as well. At the time that this bio is being written, I am pursuing my Master of Music degree in Voice at the IU - Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN. Other educational credits include short stints as both a piano performance major and as a music education major at my alma mater, Virginia Tech. My hope is to eventually become a professional opera singer, singing at the world’s premiere opera houses.
I have one cat, Izzy, who is just as vocal and as loud as I am.
Custodian: Clarence Long
Clarence has been a member of Smith Valley UMC since the late 70's and has been the custodian, taking very good care of the church, since 1994. In his free time, he is an avid golfer. Clarence and his wife, Mary, have 7 children altogether. Before working at the church, he taught for 35 years at IPS. Most of his time was spent teaching 7-8 grade, but before retiring, taught younger kids and truly enjoyed all ages.