After 26 years as the organist for River Hills United Methodist Church in Burnsville, Velma Warder has retired as of September 26, 2010. The Rev. Duane V. Sarazin is pastor. Previous to this position, she was organist for 23 years at Temple Baptist Church, Minneapolis.
Temple has since merged with another church. Positions at the former Sabathani Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church (when it was on Lyndale Avenue North) rounded out a total of 67 years as a church musician. Longtime Minneapolis folk will remember the years of D.J. Wade and Willie B. Hale at Zion and the Rev. Stanley King at Sabathani as music directors.