Music Staff

Ben Luedcke

Ben Luedcke

Minister of Music

Ben Luedcke is the choir director at Seattle First Baptist Church in downtown Seattle and was recently promoted as the new Minister of Music. In addition to directing the choir, Ben coordinates special music and congregational singing, as well as organizes outsides collaborations and musical outreach.  He is currently finishing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at University of Washington, studying with Dr. Geoffrey Boers and Dr. Giselle Wyers, and he has held teaching positions in the choral, musicology, and English departments.  Ben was recently appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus. 

Before moving to Washington, Ben was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Monmouth College and also served as faculty at Grinnell College.  Ben is known in Madison, Wisconsin for several of his startup organizations: he was the co-founder and director of Voces Aestatis, a Wisconsin-based professional choir that specialized in the a cappella repertoire of the sixteenth century. Likewise, Ben was the founder and artistic director of Madison Summer Choir, a community chorus that performed large orchestral works.  Ben completed his Masters of Arts in choral conducting at the University of Iowa where he studied with Dr. Timothy Stalter, and he holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  He lives in Seattle with his wife, Vanessa, and their two dogs, Luthor and Oona.


Music at SFBC

Music is an essential component of life at Seattle First Baptist. With a thriving choir, seasonal concerts, and guest musicians regularly blessing our space with their talents and songs, we are excited to welcome you into our musical experiences.

For over a century, SFBC has valued and prioritized music in our community. Our choir hosts a community carol sing-along in December, as well as a spring concert, as part of our social justice concert series which directly benefits a local non-profit organization or charity. The music we sing together helps define who we are, what we value, and how we reflect that in our time together: join us as music brings us together, fosters community, highlights our heritage and faith, and is integral to our mission for social, racial, economic, and political justice.

How do I join the choir?

Our choir is open to all, and anyone can join at any time.  You do not need to know how to read music, and we invite all who love to sing.  We meet Sunday mornings (typically at 10:20 am), as well as Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, with a break in August.  Please contact our Music Minister, Ben Luedcke, at for more information.

Enjoy this selection of various music from our choir and musicians.

All music in our videos used by permission and under Worship Cast License #7742

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