Ellen Johnston is the Director of the Center for Liturgy and Music at Virginia Theological Seminary, where she writes for the Center’s website (liturgyandmusic.org) and consults with parishes of all sizes. She has served churches in Mississippi and Virginia in a career spanning over thirty years. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Centenary College, she attended Southern Methodist University earning a master of music degree.
Ellen was Director of the Mississippi Conference on Church Music and Liturgy for sixteen years after first having served as Assistant Director for eight years. She is Past Chair of the National Board for the Leadership Program for Musicians, and has also taught courses for that program since its inception. She is the past Chair of the Music and Liturgy Commission of the Diocese of Virginia, a member of the Central Virginia Board for the Leadership Program for Musicians, and leads workshops in Virginia and elsewhere, primarily focusing on worship renewal and music in small congregations. She currently serves as Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Richmond.