During the voicing of Opus 136 in Charlotte, we were approached by Vincent Crist, organ consultant to St. Mark's Lutheran Church in China Grove about a new organ for St. Mark's. A bequest from a former choir member had been received by the church to replace their old organ as well as to make alterations to the church to accommodate the new organ. After interviewing and considering several different organbuilders, the organ committee chose C. B. Fisk and shortly afterwards a letter of intent was signed so that we could start the design process and work with them an their architect. A few months later a contract was signed to build the organ and construction of it started in our workshop shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, the church took the opportunity to make renovations and improvements to their sanctuary. An Open House was held for Opus 143 at the Fisk workshop in March 2012, and the organ was delivered to the church in early December--just as soon as renovations to the building were completed. The dedication of the instrument took place on June 2, 2013 at the morning service with an inaugural recital by Dr. Jacqueline Yost that afternoon.
The music program at St. Mark's is headed by Elizabeth Staton, who studied at Greensboro College with two longtime Fisk friends, Dr. Harold Andrews and Dr. Henry Ingram. It was Harold Andrews' influence exhibited many years later that led Libby and the church to consider Fisk. The organ is located at the front of the church with two manuals and pedals, 21 stops in an eclectic tonal style. The case is made of quarter-sawn white oak with facade pipes of hammered lead from the 8' Prestant on the Great.