Stan Orr and his wife Pris experience God in music, and take delight in participating in Plymouth Choir. Stan also has experienced the healing touch of Christ through his church affiliations.
Stan Orr is someone who has experienced the healing power of Christ through his church relationships. “In retrospect, I believe I was very close to a nervous breakdown,” he says when he recalls that he could no longer work in a department he felt was mismanaged. After prayerful consideration, he tendered his resignation. It was not immediately accepted, and he was given a deadline to rescind it.
“In what was a randomly scheduled event, I had planned several weeks in advance to have lunch with our associate minister at First Baptist, the Reverend Walter Pulliam," Stan says. "Walt and I met, and during the course of lunch, I unburdened myself to him. In a quiet, supportive, non-judgmental way, he affirmed my decision without in any manner providing ‘direction’. That affirmation helped stiffen my resolve not to rescind my resignation, and changed the vocational direction of my life, ultimately leading to the healing of my spirit."
Stan says that the hymn Won’t You Let Me Be Your Servant states in the third verse: ‘I will hold the Christ-light for you in the shadow of your fear; I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.’ Walt was the Christ-light in my life that day. What higher calling is there than to be the Christ-light for others?"
In 1958, following college, Stan Orr moved from Illinois to Seattle where he began working for "a little airplane company south of town" from which he ultimately retired after 37 years. Upon moving here he joined First Baptist, where he met his wife, Pris, and where they remained active members until 2004, several years after a beloved pastor at First Baptist retired. Circumstances caused them to conclude that it was time for them to find a new church home.
“Plymouth was the only church we seriously considered as a potential home based on several factors: primacy of the pulpit, progressive witness; size, location and strength of music program.”
On their first visit to Plymouth, in August 2004, a women’s chorus provided special music. Stan feels close to God in music – both in singing and listening to it -- and he was impressed by what he heard, commenting to Pris that if this church’s music was so good in the summer it must be spectacular during the “active” church year. Little did he know that former Music Director Douglas Cleveland was about to begin his tenure at Plymouth. That was frosting on the cake, and they became part of the Plymouth family in 2005.