John A. Dalles

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Industry Religion
Occupation Senior Minister
Location Longwood, Florida, United States
Introduction John A. Dalles is a Presbyterian clergyman, hymn-writer and Pittsburgh native. A graduate of Penn State, Lancaster Seminary (M. Div.) and Pittsburgh Seminary (Doctor of Ministry), he has served the First Presbyterian Church of South Bend, and Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh. Since 1997 he has served as Senior Pastor of Wekiva Presbyterian Church in Longwood, Florida (near Orlando). As a part of his ministry, Wekiva became the first church in the USA to present live webcasts of worship, a ministry inaugurated Sun., Jan. 2, 2005. Dalles is a writer of texts for hymns. His hymns have been published in hymnbooks in the USA, Canada and Australia. He has published three books of hymns, COME, O SPIRIT, SWIFT CURRENTS AND STILL WATERS, and WE TURN TO GOD. His hymn texts have also been set as choral anthems by noted sacred composers. His 2009 hymn, "God Bless the Work Your People Do" was the winning hymn in the 14th annual, highly-regarded Macalester Plymouth United Church Hymn Contest. He is married to the former Judith Taylor; they have a son, John Taylor Dalles and a daughter, Anne Elizabeth Dalles Sandoval.
Interests Faith and Life, Genealogy, Travel, Literature, History, Architecture (especially Prairie School and early 20th century Orlando architects), Classic Films
Favorite Movies North by Northwest, Shall We Dance (and all the films staring Fred and Ginger), The Philadelphia Story; Casablanca; Oceans 12 (I may be the only person on the planet but the bit where Julia "pretends" to be Julia is tour de force acting), Busby Berkely and Frank Capra can do no wrong.
Favorite Music Sacred Music, Classical Music (especially 20th century, George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Don Gillis, Robert Docker, etc.), Popular Music from the '20s and '30s, flim music (Max Steiner, Bernard Hermann); Lady Danville
Favorite Books The novels of Anthony Trollope, Charles Dickens, Alexander McCall Smith, Charles Williams, anything by Harry Emerson Fosdick, Charles Todd mysteries, The Johnstown Flood and everthing else by David McCollough.