Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II has been involved in the Music Ministry at MCC of the Spirit since 2015 and serves as the Associate Pastor and Director of Music & Theatre Ministry and Administrator. He oversees the Music Ministry and conducts the choir, hand bell choir, band, and is the director of the theater ministry, as well as overseeing the office volunteers and teaching adult voice & piano lessons. Rev. Lawrence coordinates and leads the worship music with the assistance of volunteer vocalists, arranges music, provides congregational care, administrative support to Rev. Lori and the church, assists in the coordination of Drag Bingo, and so much more.
Rev. Lawrence was born in 1980 and grew up in Adams County, Pennsylvania. He has studied and served in music positions in Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, as well as in the greater Harrisburg area. As a pastor, vocalist, pianist and conductor, he is committed to serving the local church and LGBT community, of which he is proudly a part, by facilitating corporate worship that is Christ-exalting and transformational, and which displays the unity of the Spirit and the love of Christ for all, regardless of their orientation and sexual identity.
Rev. Lawrence has received multiple undergrad and graduate degrees in music and religion including the London College of Music, United Kingdom where he graduated with honours, and coursework through Berklee College of Music. He is currently studying Music Technology with a focus in live performance with Southern Utah University. Dr. Keiser has been active as a musician for 36 + years, and has been serving as a church musician and teaching music for over 22 years. He has served in a wide variety of Christian denominations as Organist, Choir Director, Conductor, Minister of Music, Soloist, etc. Dr. Keiser has received several awards and honors for his work in music and theater. He has been the guest conductor and Tenor soloist for a variety of ensembles, and has been music director for numerous musicals in both the sacred and the secular field. Rev. Lawrence has trained extensively through multidenominational work and is a member of the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council for the city of Harrisburg. Dr. Keiser is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association, has been inducted to The Guild of Gay Religious Musicians where he has received the honor of Fellow with Honours (FGGRMhons), and has been inducted to and received the honor of Fellow from the Guild of Musicians & Singers (this honor gives him the post nominals of FGMS) in the United Kingdom.
Some highlights of his career include being the Tenor soloist for the premier of the Theodore Presser Foundation Award Concert, Calling Out In Joy, Crying Out In Sadness; Music Director and Consultant for Camden County College Theater Department; Conducting Vivaldi’s Gloria Mass, John Rutter’s Gloria, the Christmas Section of Handle’s Messiah, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata; Music Director for Scrooge, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Yard Sale, The Secret Garden & served as the musical consultant for Rag Time, just to name a few. At the age of 17 Dr. Keiser was a guest conductor of the United States Air Force Presidential Choir, The Singing Sergeants. Lawrence also won awards for his roles as, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys & Dolls and as Vernon Heins in The Pajama Game. He also was the recipient of the National School Choral Directors Award.
Rev. Lawrence also serves as the Vicar and Director of Liturgy & Music for Saint Gabriel's Old Catholic Church in Lewistown, PA (an open and affirming Catholic Church).
Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II, FGMS; FGGRMhons
Associate Pastor - Director of Music & Theatre Ministry, and Administration