Steve Hilderbrand

A native of north central Ohio, Steve relocated to Phoenix in March of 1987.  He “found” Central United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve that year and has been associated with UMC ever since.
His association with church music began when he was four years old, standing on a stool in the church basement, singing “Jesus Loves Me” at a church potluck.  While attending the Ohio State University, he was hired as director of music for Brookshire United Methodist Church, where he served as organist, directed two adult choirs, a bell choir, and supervised the children’s music ministry.  During this time Steve was also active in professional theatre as a singer/dancer/actor and rehearsal accompanist, and later expanded into musical directing and conducting.
At Central Church, Steve was a founding member of and the first artistic director for, Central Community Theatre (CCT).  His contributions helped CCT become a respected member of the Phoenix theatre community.  Currently, he is responsible for the 9:00 Contemporary Service, where he serves as Worship Leader and Music Director/pianist.
In addition to his position at Central Church, Steve serves as resident musical director for Theater Works in Peoria, Arizona and is a flight attendant, trainer and curriculum developer for US Airways.