At Hayes Barton, we love using music as a vehicle for enhancing the worship experience, and we encourage our members to use the musical gifts God gave them to help our congregation praise God. We believe music helps us unite our minds and our spirits in the act of worship, enabling us to “make a joyful sound to the Lord” as we are called to do.
Our worship services are most often accompanied by organ or piano, but we also include accompaniment by flute, violin, and many other instruments and ensembles. In addition to our Chancel Choir, we also have a range of other choirs, including preschool, children’s, youth, and handbells.
Larry G. Dickens has served as a minister of music for over thirty years in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Larry joined the ministry staff at Hayes Barton in 2015 after serving as interim minister of music for several months. He also serves as a faculty member at Campbell University Divinity School where he teaches church music and worship courses. His educational background includes a Music Education degree, Master of Divinity/Church Music degree, and a Doctor of Ministry.
Larry has served as a guest conductor with the Anderson Symphony, Beaufort Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and the Fayetteville Symphony, and he is the founding director of the Snyder Orchestra. Choirs under his direction have toured in over 20 states and have taken music/mission trips to England, Trinidad & Tobago, Germany, Czech Republic, and Switzerland. He has also served as the director of the North Carolina Baptist All State Youth Choir.
He is married to Gail Dickens, who is a diagnostician in the Academically Gifted program of Cumberland County Schools. Their daughter, Faith, lives in Philadelphia where she serves as a hospice chaplain.