Dr. John Coble
Dr. John Coble was born in Augusta, Georgia, and grew up in South Carolina. He began serving as First Presbyterian’s Director of Music and Organist in May, 2013. He directs and oversees the church’s music program and is organist for all services.
Churches he previously served include Augsburg Lutheran Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Covenant Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Indiana, and St. Francis Episcopal Church in Zionsville, Indiana.
As an organist and pianist, he has appeared across the country, including performances in Atlanta, Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans, and New York City. In 2008, he served as organist and accompanist for the International Presbyterian Choral Festival tour of Scotland, performing in Stirling, Inverness, Aberdeen, and St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh.
In 2009, he founded Horns for Haiti, a project to raise funds and collect instruments, music, and other supplies for the St. Francis Episcopal Church and school on the island of La Gonâve, Haiti. In addition to presenting benefit recitals for Horns for Haiti, he has also performed and conducted concerts benefitting Buckhead Christian Ministries in Atlanta, and for the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
John received his Doctor of Music degree in Organ and Church Music at Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor of church music. He also holds degrees from Florida State University and Augusta College.
Coble is a member of the American Guild of Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, the Association of Anglican Musicians, and the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He lives in Athens with his wife Kate and their son Aiden.