PYT HOUSE BAND
Nettleton refers to the hymn tune of the hymn and theme of the 2019 Triennium “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing”. The PYT house band is an exciting ensemble gathered specifically for the Triennium – made up of Presbyterian musicians, worship leaders, pastors, presbytery staff. The Nettletons are a vibrant, creative, music loving group of folks who truly enjoy young people and particularly singing with young people!
Call me “Pastor Eesh!” I’m a native of Philadelphia and hold a Bachelor of Science in Music from Temple University. After serving as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian church, I attended Princeton Theological Seminary and have since served various churches in the tri-state area through my music ministry and ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. I am the proud mom of son, Ellington Scott. My instrument is my voice, and I love lifting it to God in praise!
I’ve been a professional musician for the entirety of my adult life. I’ve played shows in 46 states & 3 countries. I’ve written hundreds of songs (at least 20% of them are good) and have released 14 albums, both solo and with various bands. I’m equally comfortable playing music by the Beatles, Chris Tomlin, KISS, Hillsong & the Beatles . I’m currently worship leader for two Methodist churches in Winston-Salem, NC.
I play acoustic & electric guitars, bass guitar, harmonica, percussion, mandolin, ukulele, and bad piano. And I sing too.
CARLA DOS SANTOS-WEBB
Hey! I graduated from college at Columbia International University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in music and earning my bible certificate. After college, I was the contemporary worship leader at a local church in Charlotte, North Carolina. After my time with that church, I redirected my focus to youth: mentoring some of the girls and working closely within the youth’s music ministry. Aside from music and song-writing, I’m pretty competitive. I enjoy playing sports and various random games. Although I enjoy getting out and doing, I still love having time to read or Netflix binge.
I play bass guitar, acoustic guitar and sing.
I’m a Presbyterian pastor currently serving a great congregation in Charlotte, NC. I’m also a musician/songwriter and have served as a songleader for various retreats and conferences for the past twenty years. I am thoroughly ensconced in Presbyterian-ness with degrees from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (M.A.C.E.), Columbia Theological Seminary (M.Div), and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (D.Min). I’m husband to Lorie and chauffeur to our two boys, Connor and Hunter.
I play piano, guitar and bass primarily, and I sing. I can fake a few other instruments as needed.
I am a multi-instrumentalist who is versed in classical, jazz and blues music. I currently serve as one of two associate directors of music at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC and have a couple degrees in music from The College of Wooster and the Cleveland Institute of Music. I’ve led music for a number of Montreat Conferences, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary and will be the 2020 Director for the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference. I am husband to the Rev. Grier Booker Richards and father of Olsen who is 8 years old. I’m also an oarsman and enjoy cooking, swimming, architecture and yoga.
OUR RATIONALE FOR MUSIC LEADERSHIP
The purpose of a songleader, if you think about it, is essentially counterintuitive – the goal is to ultimately render yourself useless where you are no longer leading the songs, but the gathering is. In many instances when we have led people in song, we’ve had the pleasure of essentially having our jobs taken away from us by those who eagerly claim the songs as their own. It’s a cool feeling when we can literally step back from our mics, stop playing our instruments, and yet the song continues.
Our philosophy and understanding of music leadership with young people is comprised of a number of factors:
First, we strive to find the sweet spot between leading and performing. There is always a performance element when standing on a stage – if you’re singing about how you’re going to “follow, listen and love God all your days,” your face and general disposition ought to reflect that. It’s what Homiletics professor Jana Childers likes to call “honest performance,” where the preacher (or here, songleader), “makes themselves present in the words.”
That said, we understand that it shouldn’t be all about performance. There is nothing more frustrating than gathering with others to sing and having a songleader make it all about themselves. The focus needs to always be on the gathering as a whole and the God who lies at the center. A fancy guitar solo or dramatic high note are nice, but we’ll save those for our coffee house gigs.
Second, we believe in the importance a diverse and balanced repertoire. People want to sing songs they know, but they also like learning something new. We feel our unique musical backgrounds bear these out quite nicely. Of particular importance to us is the inclusion of songs from various ethnicities and cultures. We are living in an ever-increasing global context, and the Christian faith we hold dear extends far beyond our western scope. We do those we lead music for a disservice if we keep them contained within a cultural comfort zone.
Lastly, we fervently believe that the power of music extends beyond the moment. In truth, what excites us most about leading music for retreats and conferences is what can happen afterwards – when folks go home and inevitably wonder, “What now?” We think music can be just as impactful for empowering change as an on-point sermon, an insightful keynote, re-creating recreation. That’s why, near the end of the weekend or week, we invite folks not to just take the songs home with them, but their message of love and bold living as well.
The end result, we hope, is a music experience where people not only feel drawn together but engaged, involved, challenged, inspired and empowered. And where the songs truly become theirs.