Ron Poythress came to Triangle Baptist Church on October 15, 2006. He received a B.A. in Religion from Campbell University (1978) and the M.Div. (1981) and Th.M. (1984) degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While at Southern Seminary, Ron was a Garrett Teaching Fellow for the Department of Christian Preaching. Ron has several publications and in 1987 received the Norman W. Cox Award for the best article published by the Baptist History and Heritage Society (formally known as The Historical Commission). He currently serves on the Board of Ministers for Campbell University.
Ron’s personal interests include writing and recording songs, playing guitar, singing, poetry, cooking, and traveling and playing board games with his family. In 2003 he was a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest Music Festival. Ron sang an original song entitled “Day of Jubilee” at the inaugural gathering of the New Baptist Covenant in Atlanta, GA just before the opening address by former President Jimmy Carter to an assembly 15,000 strong. This historical meeting was the very first national interracial gathering of Baptists who came together for worship and to consider ways to promote unity and to work together in Christian mission.
Melody Moore, our music director at Triangle, received her B.M. degree from Meredith College in 1980 and her M.M. degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1984. In addition to her part-time position at Triangle, she works full-time as the choral director at Ligon GT Magnet Middle School in Raleigh. She has served at Triangle for fifteen years and at Ligon for 13 years. In 2006 she was named Middle School Choral Teacher of the year by the North Carolina Music Educator's Association.
The music ministry at Triangle consists primarily of a multi-generational choir (middle school – senior adults) and a praise team which is also multi-generational. Mrs. Moore directs the choir and plays keyboard for the praise team. The choir sings a variety of musical styles (traditional hymns and anthems, gospel, contemporary, and multi-cultural). The praise team focuses on more contemporary pieces with the inclusion of acoustic guitar, electric bass, keyboard, and drums.
Our sole aim in the music ministry at Triangle is to make an encounter with God possible for you during our worship service. We know that each person may hear God speaking more clearly through a particular musical style, so we believe strongly in blended worship. Our musicians at Triangle enjoy their time in rehearsal, but they are also aware of the great responsibility they have of escorting the congregation into the presence of God. We all strive to give our very best as an offering to our God each week. The choir rehearses each Wednesday from 7:40-8:40 pm. All interested singers are welcome to join us!
Each year, we also present a Christmas and an Easter Musical. Even though we do not have a children's choir program at this time, there are opportunities for children to participate in both of these events.