Welcome to Dexter United Methodist Church!

Meet our Worship Music Leader


Elsi Sly


“Giving God the glory through music is a tremendous privilege, blessing and joy!”

Elsi was an organ major at Grand Rapids Junior College graduating with an associate of music degree, then the University of Michigan, in Choral Music Education as a piano principal.

Music Ministry is a life-long adventure. In the 80’s she formed True Spirit, an ecumenical Christian musical performing group of high school students. Their ministry started at Dexter UMC, and the Midwest and eventually took them to England and twice to Europe. Their Christian message was heard in Toronto, a maximum security prison in Florida and of course Disney World. In the 2000’s it was Praise Choir, Fine Art Series, Musical/ Drama Productions, Christmas Odysseys, and a Costa Rican music mission tour.

Her church position as first service worship leader continues her ministry of music at Dexter UMC. “Leading the congregation from the keyboard fills me up spiritually and hopefully overflows to the congregation”.

Elsi is an independent private piano teacher who enjoys creating music with the young musicians at her home studio.

Fun Facts About Elsi

Favorite Bible Verse
Joshua 16:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me, you can do nothing.”
She and her husband Bob travel a few weeks at a time but try to be home to make maple syrup in the spring. Having fun with the family provides most of their entertainment all of the time. There are always several projects going on at the Slys.  Between Bob’s wood shop and Elsi’s create space (pretty much their whole place), the wheels are in motion much of the time.