About Esther

Photo by Mela Photography
Photo by Mela Photography

Hello! I’m Esther and I’m glad you’re here!

Let me tell you a little about myself.

I started playing the piano when I was 6 and began playing in church at the age of 11. Throughout high school and college, I traveled to churches across the United States, performing concerts where I interwove music and preaching.

In 2012, I earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Missouri State University and participated in the Washington International Piano Festival where I was selected to perform on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Around this time, I started noticing stiffness in my hands that turned into intense pain. The stiffness and pain spread all over my body to the point that I couldn’t move on my own. My husband had to lift my body out of bed and walk me one step at a time through my morning routine. I couldn’t even squeeze my toothpaste onto my toothbrush. It took every ounce of my strength to make it through each day.

In October of 2012, I was diagnosed with systemic lupus (which, for me, includes widespread arthritis, particularly in my hands).

Despite challenges to my health, I continue to perform and was again selected to perform at the Kennedy Center in 2016. I love being able to share my story of hope amidst suffering, whether it’s through speaking, performing music, or writing. 

My husband and I live in Springfield, MO where I’m a piano professor at Drury University, writing my first book, and working alongside my husband who is on staff at Central Assembly. Our dream is to one day move to Japan to start a church.

I love books, beautiful sounds, wandering through museums, and long conversations with friends at coffeeshops.