EDUCATION & CHILD CARE
Kara Jaurigue is proud to have the title of Youth Director. She is a child of the church and Plymouth is her second home, and now her own children are growing up here! Kara loves and appreciates so much about this place! As an adult friend and mentor, Kara is thankful to be able to offer a safe-haven for the young people in our church family. In her free time, she loves to sing and spend time with family and friends.
Director of Music
Maestro Robert Nance is a multi-talented musician who maintains a lively schedule as conductor, keyboardist, teacher, composer, and arts advocate. A distinguished graduate of DePauw University School of Music (Indiana) and the Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore), Nance has served as the the Director of Music at Plymouth Congregational Church of Fort Wayne since 1999. He is also the President and Founding Artistic Director of Heartland Sings, Inc., a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles founded in 1997.
He has received many honors and awards to his credit, including guest conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, a recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. His “Attitude Series” of keyboard recordings are favorites and his recording “The Spirit of Christmas” featuring Heartland Sings continues to receive rave reviews.
Maestro Nance has made Fort Wayne his home since December of 1989, where he has distinguished himself as a dedicated performer and teacher, as well as a capable community leader committed to the arts and the artists who make it possible. In honor of his commitment to the arts, in 2017 he was awarded “Artist of the Year” by Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. For more information, visit www.MaestroNance.com
Tina Puitz oversees all support staff and keeps the office running smoothly as its Office Manager. She is originally from Lafayette but moved to Fort Wayne when attending St. Francis College. She loves spending time with her three children, working in her flower gardens, reading books (especially murder mysteries), and spending time in nature. Tina’s background of an English/Art degree, office and volunteer management and organization skills are especially helpful in her position.