Rev. Dr. Lawrence F. Keiser II
Associate Pastor of Music & Administration
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 of Music and Administration. 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, and so much more. He is currently taking courses with Berklee College of Music.
Rev. Lawrence was born in 1980 and grew up in Adams County, Pennsylvania. He has studied and served in music positions in Philadelphia, 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. Dr. Keiser has been active as a musician for 34 + years, and has been serving as a church musician and teaching music for over 20 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 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.
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.