Performing Arts Staff

Peter Maier / Performing Arts Director | email

Peter grew up in a Bible-believing home in Medina, NY, and heard the Gospel at a very young age. Like many of us, his journey with the Lord has been a bumpy road. But God faithfully pursued Peter, and had big plans for his life in the arts.

Peter’s first time acting on stage was as a Junior in high school. He loved it! He had always wanted to act, but fear got the best of him as a kid. “I never wanted to be on Broadway, but I knew I needed to work in theater somehow. I am quite a shy person, but there is something freeing about becoming someone else that lets anxiety take a backseat!”

After receiving his BFA in Theatre Studies at Niagara University, Peter took a job as a tour actor/director with the Missoula Children's Theatre out of Missoula, MT. He taught acting, singing and dancing to children all over the world. He took a short break to get his MS in Elementary Education and then went back out on the road. Even though his career was flourishing, his Christian life was not. “I knew I wasn't walking the walk. Something had to change, but I didn’t know how to do it myself."

After several years with MCT, Peter began feeling "a pull" back to Western New York. What he didn't realize at the time was that God was calling him home, into a more committed walk with Jesus. Back in Buffalo, Peter worked for a couple of years in the professional theaters. He met his wife, Jeanine, while performing in the show West Side Story. While they were dating, she took Peter to The Chapel, a church in Getzville, NY, for the first time. It was there he rededicated himself to the Lord.

Soon to be married, Peter added classroom teacher to his resume while still directing and performing. For nine years Peter taught music and theater to K-4 students at Pinnacle Charter School in downtown Buffalo. After receiving his MA in Pastoral Counseling at Liberty Theological Seminary, Peter became the campus director of children's ministry at The Chapel's Lockport campus.

Then in 2015, a curious thing happened. Peter’s friend posted on Facebook that Family Life was hiring a performing arts director. He thought his buddy would be a great fit for the job. (Peter was perfectly happy directing children’s ministry at The Chapel.) A couple weeks later, Peter looked up the job description. He was amazed! It was as if Family Life wrote the job description off his resume! (That didn’t actually happen, but boy are we glad Peter applied.)

Bob Dusek / Performing Arts Music Director | email

Bob grew up in the village of Menomonee Falls, just outside of Milwaukee, WI. As a child, he always had a drive for music, whether it was dancing to the record player or turning his mother’s pots and pans into a drum set.  He started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and hasn’t turned back. After studying for a summer at Tanglewood Institute at Boston University, Bob decided to make music a career. 

Bob came to know Christ while at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Up until that time, he was an apologist against Christianity and delighted in arguing with college-aged Christians about their beliefs. However, God used the prayers and perseverance of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to change his heart and Bob prayed to accept Christ!

After college, Bob continued to give concerts and teach piano/composition, but his real desire was to teach college. He often made it to the short list, but opportunities to teach kept closing while doors to ministry kept opening. Within a few short years, Bob was serving as a pastor of worship arts in a large church in the Denver area. His passion for the Word eventually led to his ordination in 2006, and two years later, his passion for the musical arts led to his book, “Facing the Music: the worship leader in the evangelical church.”

After serving more than 15 years as worship pastor in different Colorado churches, Bob took a break to seek the Lord’s direction. It was during this time of reflection that Family Life contacted Bob on the chance that he might be looking for a job. One “so called” coincidence led to another and Bob joined us in October of 2016.

Bob’s musical training includes a B.A. of Music in Composition from Eastman School of Music, a M.M. in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor in Musical Arts in Composition from University of Colorado Boulder. He has performed as a concert pianist throughout the U.S and is an award-winning composer with his works recorded by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), North South Consonance Ensemble (New York City), and University of Colorado Symphony, among others.

In addition to music, Bob loves large format photography, hiking, biking and shooting.  He lives in Prattsburgh, N.Y., with his wife, Karen, whom he loves, and his dog, Toby, whom he tolerates.

Jeanine Maier / Performing Arts Administrative Assistant | email

Jeanine is excited about her position at Family Life because it combines her gifts of hospitality and administration with her talents and experiences in the arts.

Jeanine grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. Having a continuous passion for acting, singing and dancing, Jeanine has a long history in community theatre musicals and even met her husband while performing in a production of “West Side Story” at The Riviera Theatre in the Greater Buffalo area. Following her love of singing, Jeanine recently fulfilled a life-long dream of recording a music album she named, “My Kind of Christmas.”

Jeanine graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in communications and video production, and a minor in theatre arts. After college, she moved back to Buffalo to join the work force. She supported executives administratively in different types of industries before settling into a role at Independent Health as a product operations specialist.

Despite her busy life in the corporate world, Jeanine still found many ways to stay plugged into her local theater community. She has performed in “Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat,” “West Side Story,” “Lucky Stiff,” and “Buffalo Quickies." Jeanine would say that theatrical acting is her first love, but she also enjoys film acting. She took a lead role in an independent film in Buffalo and even appeared on the Soap Opera, “All My Children."

She and her husband, Peter, also work together as commercial actors and spokespeople for TV ads and infomercials. Jeanine herself has acted in commercials for Buffalo and Rochester Athletic Clubs, Time Warner Cable, and Northwest Savings Bank.

Both Jeanine and Peter live in Bath and work together at Family Life in Performing Arts. “Pete’s my biggest fan, and I’m his. We’ve learned over the years how to respect each others strengths and fill in each others weaknesses. We’re not perfect at it, but we attribute our successes to the Lord as we seek him together.”

Robbie Lindmark / Production Designer | email

As production designer, Robbie’s main responsibility is designing sets for Family Life’s theatrical performances. He also enjoys acting and auditions for as many shows at Family Life as time allows!

Having enjoyed a natural bent toward the dramatic arts most of his life, Robbie auditioned for Family Life’s production of Narnia as a young teenager. He was thrilled to receive the role of Mr. Tumnus, and since he thrived in God-honoring atmospheres, Robbie continued auditioning with Family Life. Later on he was awarded the role of Willy Porter in “The Gifts of the Magi” – the ministry’s first traveling Christmas production.

During his high school career, Robbie began taking advanced art and drama classes helped him snag lead roles in well-known productions, including Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Jim Dillingham in “The Gifts of the Magi,” and Enjolras in “Les Miserables.”

Since his first production with Family Life, Robbie noticed his passion growing for using theater to teach children about God. In 2011, he began his apprenticeship at Family Life, and a year later, Robbie made his directing debut with the colorful musical “Seussical,” followed by “Peter Pan” and “The Wizard of Oz.” He also oversaw the ministry’s Youtheatre Workshop program for three years, teaching drama, set design classes, and directing shows.

Terry Miller / Stage Manager | email

Terry was raised in Attica, NY, and even though she didn’t grow up in a Christian home, the Lord had a great plan in mind for her future.

Terry’s mom spent much of her life searching for spiritual truth. When Terry was 12, her mom found a church and rededicated her life to Christ. Around that time, she decided her daughter should attend a youth convention called “Acquire the Fire.” Reluctantly, Terry went, but it was there she met the Lord, joined a youth group, and met her now husband, Steve.

Terry has loved musical theater ever since adolescence. In middle school, one of her friends introduced her to Phantom of the Opera. Terry was hooked. She and her sister would drive around singing the Copacabana soundtrack without a care in the world!

Later in her college years, Terry and Steve had a mutual friend tell them about Sight & Sound. The couple didn’t do much with the information except tuck it away. Two years later, and closing in on their wedding date, the pastor of their local church insisted they take time out to pray about their future together. The Lord brought Sight & Sound back to mind. Within a span of a few months, they both had job offers. The Lord was making their way.

After 14 years of employment at Sight & Sound working in production and stage management, the couple felt the Lord calling them back to their roots and family in Western New York.  The pastor from Terry’s mother’s church suggested she look at Family Life’s website to see if they had any openings – and here she is!

Terry works at Family Life as stage manager for the Performing Arts department and helps the radio ministry as an Underwriting Coordinator. She is “very excited for the opportunity to use her gifts and talents to work with these amazing two teams.”

Lauren Norris / Choreographer | email

Lauren Norris grew up dancing and loves Jesus, ballet and kids. She studied ballet for 12 years at a private studio in Alfred and Hornell, and found her passion teaching dance students in that same area. Lauren furthered her dance education by attending the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet where she studied under dancers from the New York City Ballet. In addition to ballet, Lauren has some experience with Ballroom and contemporary styles of dance.

One of her most valued accomplishments was her role in developing and directing Side Porch Ballet Productions in Almond. Side Porch Ballet offers one week of ballet instruction to students at no cost, and is held at Lauren’s house on her side porch. After a few years of success, Lauren expanded the outreach to Jamaica on an missions trip with Source of Light Ministries. In Jamaica, she danced for schools and churches, which soon after, led to her teaching a free dance intensive to young Jamaican students.

Now living in Almond, NY, Lauren enjoys leading One Pulse, Family Life's premier dance ensemble. She is excited to teach and glorify God through dance at Family Life.

Drew Wolgemuth / Music Assistant | email

The second of four siblings, Drew grew up in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania in a family strongly rooted in Christ. He regularly enjoyed creating music with his family: singing at home, doing special music in church, learning to read hymns, and participating in the church musical.

Drew’s passion for trombone began in elementary school with a gift from his Aunt Karen. His love for the instrument grew into an immovable force when his grandfather, Daniel Heitzman, gave Drew his long-coveted Tommy Dorsey model trombone in high school.

This combination of faith and music led Drew to Messiah College where he earned a bachelor’s in Music Education and met his future wife, Laureen. It was in the barn on their family farm in Middlebury Center, PA that Drew listened to Family Life for the first time! After completing a master’s in Performance from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Drew and Laureen began their lives together in Carroll County, Maryland where Drew taught in the public-school system.

During this time, Drew took an opportunity to tour with Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass. After a concert one evening, Drew met Jeff Harmon, Family Life’s COO. He had been touring for a year and was ready for a job change that would keep him closer to home. In addition to keeping family a priority, Drew also desired to work for an organization that held similar Christian values as that of the King’s Brass. As it turned out, Family Life wasn’t too far from home.

Today, Drew and Laureen live in Middlebury Center, PA, where Laureen works on the family dairy farm. When Drew is not teaching or playing trombone, you will find him playing board games, biking, snacking, or riding a tractor around the farm.