The First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina is known for its dynamic music ministry and love of the gospel. The church recently underwent a substantial renovation of its facilities, most of which dated back to 1929. Although it was impressively attractive, the original Kimball Pipe Organ ended up not being a part of the renovation project
When Minister of Music Bill Benson joined the First Baptist family, he brought with him a vision of the stately pipe organ once again leading the congregation in worship. Like many other churches going through the trials of renovation, First Baptist seriously considered installing a new pipe organ but found it to be cost prohibitive.
The introduction of Allen's "Diane Bish Signature Series" organs allowed First Baptist the opportunity to purchase an organ to fulfill Bill Benson's vision-and save an amazing amount of church resources. Its 63 speaking stops and over 50 speaker cabinets now faithfully lead First Baptist in corporate worship.
Diane Bish herself gracefully participated in the dedication of the organ, playing to a packed house of over 1,200 appreciative celebrants. One church member was quoted as saying, "I simply cannot believe we wasted so much time arguing over a new organ when we could have had this all along!"