St John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Cheryl Hewson
Handbell Choir Director & Organist

Where did you grow up?

 I grew up on a farm a couple of miles outside of Dickinson.


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

 For a while, I thought I wanted to be a veterinarian.  But I discovered I was too softhearted (or chicken) to poke my horse with a needle so I could give her a shot.  It didn’t help that she was being wild and crazy at the time.  I gave up the doctor notion.


What would be the title of your biography?

It would have to be “Play It Again, Sam”.  No church musician ever does a piece of music only once.


What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? 

While living in AZ, a friend and I used to attend concerts by Andre Rieu and his orchestra from Europe.  The musicians, singers, and spectacle were the best. It made up for the experience of getting lost finding the concert hall and trying to get out of Phoenix when it was over. I didn’t have navigation instruments.


What do you love about St John Lutheran Church?

I love the sanctuary. It eases my soul the minute I step through the door and see the wonderful window in the east.  During hard times in my life, the sanctuary provides the quiet I need to focus my thoughts and soften the pain.


What is one important moment in your faith journey?

 It would have to be confirmation classes with Pastor Pete.  We memorized and studied, and sweated it out, worrying that we wouldn’t know the right answers during the public exam we had to go through.  Makes me glad I am saved by grace, because that’s about all I remember. 


Cheryl Hewson

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St John Lutheran Church
146 6th AVE W
Dickinson, ND 58601

Phone: (701) 225-6747
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