Kerry W. Dietz, Artistic Director, began his formal music training at the age of seven (piano) and his church music career (organist) at the age of fourteen. A graduate of the University of Delaware and Westminster Choir College, Kerry is Minister of Worship & Music at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Newark, DE, where he has served since 1994. He has been involved with handbells as a ringer and a conductor for over 30 years and has been a conductor and clinician for handbell festivals in Newark, DE and Ocean City, MD. He was a founding ringer of WHE and has been artistic director since 2006. Kerry and wife, Beth reside in Claymont with a gang of cats.
Barb Carey has rung in St. Paul's United Methodist Church handbell choir since joining the church in 1990. Currently, she substitutes at a local Montessori School. Her two children are now in college, giving her and her husband more "empty nest" time! They enjoy biking, camping, and hiking. Musically, she also enjoys playing in a flute quartet and with a community band.
Mark Clausing, in addition to playing handbells with WHE, Mark plays bells with Ebenezer United Methodist Church's Good Chimes handbell choir. Mark started playing handbells in our nation's bicentennial year when his home church in Tiffin, Ohio purchased two octaves of bells. Musically, he also has enjoyed singing, playing trumpet, baritone, tuba, and piano. Mark was brought to Delaware in the 1980's by the DuPont Company and currently works for Computer Sciences Corporation as an operations manager. Mark also enjoys volunteering with his son's Boy Scout Troop.
Meet Our Ringers
Mary Browne is an ordained elder in the Peninsula-Delaware Conference of The United Methodist Church. She currently serves Chester Bethel UMC in the Brandywine Hundred suburbs of the greater Wilmington area. She has previously served Holly Oak Calvary UMC in Brandywine Hundred, and St. John's UMC & Hart's UMC in Cecil County, MD. Mary is a founding member of WHE and rang with the group from 2000-2005; she was on hiatus while living and working in Cecil County, and returned to the group in 2012. Mary's passion for handbells began in 1967 when she got to play as part of a group that accompanied the chorus at her elementary school. In an earlier life, Mary was an auditor who now uses her accounting skills in her spare time to take care of the finances for Delaware Pacem in Terris, Inc. and Interfaith Resource Center. Mary also enjoys doing counted cross stitch, reading, cooking, and spending time with her granddaughter, Reagan. She is delighted to have the chance to ring with her daughter, Beth Zupan, also a member of WHE.