Wendi Bernau | Pastor of the Arts
Originally from New Jersey, Wendi earned a BA from Tufts University, a Master of Music in orchestral conducting from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and a Master of Divinity from Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth TX. She has served as the associate conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony, director of the instrumental music program at Manley Baptist Church, brass faculty at the Community School of the Arts, music director of First United Methodist Church of Glen Rose, and associate pastor at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church. Wendi has taught undergraduate classes in music theory and ear training and music appreciation; she also homeschooled her two children. She has been a featured trombone soloist and is an award-winning artist and sought-after speaker and performer. With formal training in visual arts, music, theater, literature, and theology, Wendi brings all these skills together for performance art, teaching and preaching. As Pastor of the Arts at White’s Chapel, Wendi developed an exciting, innovative ministry focused solely on the Arts and spirituality. Discussion groups about theology in the Arts and meditation groups that pray with and through creative activity became the cornerstones of this program of spiritual formation and direction. Wendi is currently serving as the Pastor of the Arts for the Missional Wisdom Foundation where she develops curriculum, teaches classes and facilitates workshops, retreats and worship services, both online and on location. Wendi’s classes are appropriate for ecumenical and diverse groups.