Former Brownstown resident joins pastoral staff of Ohio church


A former Brownstown resident has joined the pastoral staff at Christ Episcopal Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Mark L. Huffman is the church’s music director, directing the adult and children’s choirs and serving as organist. His duties also include music education, liturgical design and planning and music outreach. Additionally, he is in charge of planning and coordinating the church’s annual concert series.

The church’s pipe organ is a 3-manual, 37-rank instrument by famed Austrian organ builder Rieger Orgelbau, which has been designing and building organs for 270 years. It was built on specification and installed in 1980. A state-of-the-art mechanical key/electric stop-action console was constructed and installed by Holtkamp Organ Company in 2000. The church also houses, among other instruments, multiple Steinway pianos.

Huffman, a 1984 graduate of Brownstown Central High School, first began playing the organ at Medora United Methodist Church and is a member of Messiah Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Fairview Park, Ohio.

Huffman’s musical career has spanned several churches, including being an organist at Redeemer Lutheran (ELCA) in Kingston, New York, and music director and organist at Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, New York.

Prior to becoming a professional musician, Huffman had a 20-year career in law and business, including positions with the federal government and at the New York, New York, headquarters of a multinational law firm specializing in private-action securities law prosecution.

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