Burnell L. Hackman began serving as Peace’s Director of Music Ministry on January 1, 2013, having previously served as Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Arnold since November 2000, where he directed a multi-faceted music program, concert series and oversaw the design and installation of St. John’s 139 rank Johannus Organ.
Prior to coming to Arnold, he was involved in music ministry at several Jacksonville, Illinois churches serving as organist, vocal choir director and handbell choir director. His handbell ensembles have provided worship leadership on six occasions for Handbell Musicians of America (AGEHR) Area 8 conferences and had the honor of leading a worship service for the AGEHR National Directors Seminar at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (the Old Cathedral) in 1995. He has served Area 8 as treasurer from 1992 - 1996 and Chair from 2002 - 2004. He was awarded the Outstanding Service Award from Area 8 in 2000. Burnell was a public school music teacher before entering Music Ministry full time.
Hackman is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Association of Lutheran Musicians, American Choral Directors Association, Handbell Musicians of America, the Committee on the Creative Arts of Arnold and Handbell Association of Greater St. Louis, of which he is Chairman.
Married since 1980 to Kathryn, they have one son, Biff. Kathy rings handbells and plays the flute.