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 the College and Young Adults Pastor at Central Assembly.

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