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Dr. Gingrich serves First United Methodist Church in Hershey as Director of Music Ministry where he directs the choirs and serves as organist. In addition to his church work, Shawn is the adjunct organ instructor at Messiah College. He also directs the Hershey Handbell Ensemble. He received his undergraduate education at Lebanon Valley College where he received a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Sacred Music, studying organ with Pierce Getz. He received his Master of Music in Sacred Music at Rider University studying organ with Joan Lippincott. He earned the Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.  Shawn and his wife Laura have four children, Peter, Sarah, Christian, and Aaron. They reside in Elizabethtown.