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Heather Dimitriadis

Worship Team Leader

Music has always been an integral part of Heather’s life. Whether it was the fact that she sang her first song in church at 5 years old or that her husband sang James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain” in her ears as her twin girls were born, music has always been essential. But what has been more central to her life is her relationship with God, which began one summer during vacation Bible school at 7 years old. From there on her music and her faith were intertwined.

As a child, Heather loved singing with a girls quartet at nursing homes and with a kids choir as a part of an annual church cantata. And just as adolescence was about to arrive, Heather realized that music was actually something she was good at when she was selected for All-County. This would be the first of 5 trips to All County and one to Sectional All-State.

As the daughter of a minister, moving was always a dreaded eventuality. And just as Heather was starting high school, her family moved north to Jamestown, N.Y. The difficulty of the move was quickly forgotten when she saw how God had moved her into one of the best music departments in New York state. These highly disciplined programs and the men who ran them inspired Heather and pushed her to hone her talents. The highlight of Heather’s high school career was singing “Fairest Lord Jesus” in St. Stevens Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. It was here that her faith and her rigorous studies collided in one of the most majestic places she had ever been.

Attending Nyack College, despite being her father’s alma mater, was not her first choice. But, financially it just seemed to be a better deal. So in 1989, Heather began her pursuit of a bachelors in music. Little did she know that Nyack College was God’s first choice for her. During her career at Nyack College, she began to understand how deeply important it was for her to be as equally in pursuit of God as she was in pursuit of her studies. She could be found on a Friday night soloing for Handel’s “Messiah”, on a Sunday singing “Amazing Love” with a contemporary worship team in Queens, N.Y., and on a Tuesday afternoon student conducting “How Lovely Are Thy Dwelling Places” with the Nyack College Chorale. It was there that contemporary and traditional worship came together for Heather.

Shortly after graduating from college, Heather began dating the man she was to marry. Heather and Ike Dimitriadis have now been married for 15 years. During that time, Heather has had the opportunity to both participate in and lead worship teams in multi-ethnic settings across denominational lines and in two languages from time to time. Then in 2006, Heather and Ike became the proud parents to Anastasia and Katheryn.