Zach Busch (he/him/his) is in his fifth year of ministry at University Lutheran Church of Hope. As Minister of Worship and Music, he nurtures the worship life of the congregation and has a primary voice in the planning process for worship in all seasons of the church year.
He takes seriously the promises made at his installation to this post, including this one: “Will you love the voice of this congregation, nurturing its strength to praise the wonders of God?” That was a resounding “Yes!”
Zach’s philosophy as a church musician is rooted in the knowledge of the Holy Spirit’s creative presence in and around all of us. It is from the Holy Spirit that comes artistic inspiration, that the human soul finds its expression, and it is on the Holy Spirit, wind, breath, that our very song is exhaled, heard, and felt. Zach believes that all people can sing, all people can feel music, and that all are indeed welcome and called to participate in the song of the church.
Zach directs the 35-voice Hope Choir, an important small group ministry at ULCH with a long history. Hope Choir has “premiered” many of Zach’s original compositions and arrangements.
Zach is a graduate of Luther College (B.A. in music) and Luther Seminary (Master of Sacred Music). He takes special interest in exploring how the youngest generations interact with God and finding language for God beyond the boundaries of the established church. Passionate also about music’s restorative and justice-making qualities, Zach works with Voices of Hope, a choral organization with ensembles at MCF-Shakopee and MCF-Stillwater.
He collaborates actively around the Twin Cities metro, sings with PopUp Choir, has toured internationally as a member of the Together in Hope project, has served as village musician at Holden Village, and music directs musical theater. Zach writes and arranges music and pursues a number of other artistic and spiritual endeavors that color his work as a church leader.