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Biography of Ammon Matthew Limbaugh, III (Matt)
I was born in Greenville, SC in 1949, one of 9 children of my parents, A.M. (Junior) and Margaret Limbaugh. I grew up in Easley and live there still.
I began taking piano lessons and playing in church at age 13, and was church organist at age 16.
I received the Associate of Arts in Church Music degree from North Greenville University (Junior College) with a major in voice and minor in organ in 1969. I received the Bachelor of Church Music degree, and graduated with honors, from Carson-Newman College with emphases in organ and voice, in 1971. I attended both colleges on academic and music scholarships.
I married my wife, Sandra Capps Limbaugh, in 1974. We have two sons, Matthew and Abram, six grandchildren, Michael (Mikey), Daelynne, Steven, Stella, Taj (Thomas Abram, Jr.) , and Maggie and one cat, Sammy.
I have held positions in church music since I was 16, although I began playing in church when I was 13. I was organist/pianist at my home church, Corinth Baptist, Easley, SC, during my teen years before college. After graduating from college, I was organist at Calvary Hill Baptist, Easley, for four years, where I met my wife, was Minister of Music at FBC, Williamston, SC, for 9 1/2 years, and from 1985 to 2015, I was the Senior Adult Pastor/Worship Arts Associate/Organist at FBC, Mauldin, SC, from which I retired in July, 2015, after 30 years of being on staff there. I worked as a part-time musician and full-time carpenter and cabinet builder for Limbaugh and Sons, Const. Co., before becoming a full-time employee of FBC, Mauldin, in 1996.
I have been composing since high school, and played my arrangements only at church. I had my first organ piece accepted by Sharron Lyon, at LifeWay, published in the Winter, 2003-04 issue of PedalPoint after being encouraged by a friend, Lauren Gadd, to submit some arrangements. Since then I have had piano, organ, and choral music published by LifeWay, SoundForth, FJH, GlorySound, Lorenz, Shawnee, Hope, and, now, by John Parker, through his website, EasyChoirMusic.com. Shawnee and GlorySound are now divisions of Hal Leonard. God has blessed, and I am so grateful to Him for the talents He has allowed me to use for His kingdom’s work.
I have several areas of interest: playing the piano and organ; composing/arranging hymns and songs; Cades Cove and Smoky Mountain art by Lee Roberson, Artist Laureate of the Smokies; Charleston prints by Schwark and Roberts; woodworking of all kinds; gardening (vegetables, flowers, shrubs); and stained glass.