No Judgments, Just Jesus

Beverly Barnes Mark

Short Bio: Beverly has been serving as an organist and church musician since a young age starting at her family’s church in Philadelphia. She is an independent music teacher, organist and active accompanist. Beverly attended Philadelphia College of Performing Arts and received her Pedagogy Certification from Silver Lake College. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association, Wisconsin Music Teachers Association, Michibago Music Teachers Association and American Guild of Organists. When she is not behind a keyboard, Beverly enjoys being outside cycling, skiing, kayaking, hiking dogs and watching birds.



Favorite Books: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles is my
current favorite. I also enjoy books that tell stories about nature:
Parables from Nature by Margaret Gatty, A Sand County Almanac by
Aldo Leopold, Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmer. Any books
by these favorite authors: CS Lewis, James Herriot, Jane Austin, Agatha
Favorite Movies: The Princess Bride, The Sound of Music, Gone
With the Wind, It’s a Wonderful Life, the Marvel and DC Comic movies
Favorite TV Shows: most crime shows (like Law and Order) unless
they are too scary, PBS mysteries and documentaries, Masterpiece
Theatre, any version of Sherlock Holmes, Antique Road Show
Favorite Activities: haunting thrift shops and estate sales.
Favorite Songs: The brilliance of Baroque era composers like JS Bach,
Corelli, Rameau, and Handel; the symphonies and sonatas of Beethoven
and many selections by Rachmaninoff (especially Piano Concerto no. 2);
the beautiful melodies of Romantic era composers such as: Chopin,
Schumann (both Clara and Robert), Brahms and Mendelssohn; the
intriguing harmonies of 20th century composers like Bela Bartok and
Sergei Prokofiev. Lyrical songs by the “storytellers”: Paul Simon,
Sting, Peter Gabriel, Yes, Genesis, Beatles, The Who and of course,
David Bowie.
Favorite Musicians: All those that I have the privilege to work with in
churches, schools, community and my studio.
Favorite Sports: I love to participate in “silent sports”: cycling,
kayaking, cross country skiing, and hiking. For spectating, I enjoy both
winter and summer olympics.
Favorite Foods: pizza
Hobbies: bird watching, and searching for oyster plates in the midwest
Influences: the beauty, bravery and love of the people in my life

James Lipton’s Ten Questions:
1. What is your favorite word? Peace
2. What is your least favorite word? Any words strung together with the
intention to hurt.
3. What turns you on? Helpfulness
4. What turns you off? Laziness, ignorance and apathy
5. What is your favorite curse word? Cursing doesn’t generally flow out
of my mouth, although I’ll let one fly if I stub my toe!
6. What sound or noise do you love? The songs and calls of birds
7. What sound or noise do you hate? Any unwanted sound that qualifies
as “noise pollution”
8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Caretaker of a nature / animal preserve or perhaps being responsible for
naming the colors of nail polish
9. What profession would you not like to attempt? Tax accountant
10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you
arrive at the Pearly Gates? Welcome home, my daughter. Come let me
show you who you really are!