Mr. Jack Gerding serves the Shrine as our Director of Music Ministries. Growing up at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf, Ohio, he started his vocation in church music at a very young age by singing in the choir and playing for school Masses. After completing his degree in Sacred Music, Mr. Gerding served St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Riverview, Michigan, and St. Patrick of Heatherdowns in Toledo, Ohio and now the Shrine.
Here at Our Lady of Consolation, Mr. Gerding is responsible for coordinating the weekday and weekend music ministers as well as directing the Shrine Chorale, Resurrection Choir, Jubilate Children’s Choir, Cantor Guild, Assumption Choir, and the 100 voice Carey Ecumenical Choir. Mr. Gerding has had the privilege to travel to Italy with his choirs and to sing for Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
In addition to his ministry at the Shrine, Jack is a member of the American Guild of Organists (Secretary 2005-2010), National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Diocesan Music Committee, Diocesan Organ Committee, and was appointed to serve on the Toledo Diocesan Liturgical Commission.