Instructors

Cheryl ‘Che’ Crawford

Ms. Crawford has spent over 35 years in active music ministry and music education beginning to play by ear at age five, making her debut at the age of eight, playing for the children’s at the New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, in Detroit Michigan, under the leadership of then Pastor, the late Samuel L. Whitney.

As a young girl, her parents ensured that Cheryl receive formal training in piano and voice under the teaching of two phenomenal women, the late Mrs. Betty Saunders, of Detroit, and the late Mrs. Muriel Gilbert, of Milan, Michigan, with strong focus on theory, technique, application, and performance, which encompassed all genres of music. Cheryl also plays a variety of other instruments, including the Hammond organs, saxophone, stringed instruments, and percussion. Appreciative of all kinds of music, she is a devoted fan of jazz and all styles of Christian music, with emphasis on praise and worship.

In young adulthood, Cheryl embraced her passion for worship under the mentoring and leadership of the late Apostle Robert A. Hill, Founder of Christian Love Fellowship Ministries International, in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was at this time, that she realized her God given gift to exhort and incite a spirit of praise and worship within the church, and has since, been recognized as a true worshiper of the Almighty God. She has written many songs and organized a number of choral ensembles, choirs, and praise and worship teams, and has been a member of several bands in her lifetime.

A former preschool teacher, Cheryl regularly incorporated music in her thematic lessons and as a part of the daily learning experience. Cheryl has spent many years giving private piano and voice lessons, and was once the music teacher at Genesis Christian Academy for several years.

John Hudson, MA

Mr. John Hudson is a native of northeast Mississippi.  He has had a passion for all types of music since he was 5 years old. At the age of 12, he began taking formal piano lessons. After learning how to play piano fluently, he began to play for various choirs his local church.  John has continued in the music ministry since his youth. He has played for numerous churches and gospel groups throughout Washtenaw County.

The enjoyment and passion for music that developed in John’s childhood grew even greater as graduated from Starkville High School in Mississippi in 1982.  That same year, he enrolled as a music major at Rust College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. While at Rust College, Mr. Hudson studied under some of the nation’s most renowned musical composers and scholars. Rust Alumni include Leontyne Price and Anita Ward.  As a member of the popular Rust College A Cappella Choir, he toured across the United States and parts of Canada.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in music in 1987, John began his career as a certified music teacher in the Ann Arbor Public School District in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He teaches students from elementary through high school vocal and instrumental music. Mr. Hudson also conducts private piano, voice and guitar lessons for students of all ages.

In 2005, Mr. Hudson completed a master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.  John maintains his K-12 teaching certification in all music and K-8 certification in all subjects by completing relevant academic courses at Eastern Michigan University in 2011.

When he is not working with staff and young people, Mr. Hudson enjoys bowling, playing basketball, hiking, camping and working out.

Rev. Debby Mitchell, DMin.

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Karen L. Simpson

Ms. Simpson is the author of the award-winning novel, ACT OF GRACE (Plenary Publishing March 2011). She is an expert quilter and historian. She received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Husbandry, M.A. in Foreign Language and International Trade and M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.

Debbie Taylor

Mrs. Taylor is a picture book author and magazine writer. She received numerous awards for her first published picture book, Sweet Music in Harlem, including the Children’s Book Council (CCBC) Choices, 2005, the Bank Street College of Education, “Outstanding Merit” Best Children’s Books, 2005 and International Reading Association, Children’s Book Award Notable, 2005.  Her stories have been published in children’s literary magazines including SpiderCricketPockets and New Moon Magazine.

She attended Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University and Ohio Dominican College and holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.