Paul Saik,
Director of Music MinistriesPaul

A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Paul began playing piano at age 3 and spent much of his time performing in church. His first church position came at the young age of 13 as the church pianist at First Baptist Church in Pearl, Mississippi. He quickly developed a love for church music and started playing the organ at age 16.

While studying piano and organ at Mississippi College, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in piano, Paul won several awards and competitions and studied abroad at the University of London. A Pressar Scholar, Paul furthered his education at Baylor University, where he received a Masters of Music degree in church music and organ.

A versatile singer, he has performed with opera companies throughout the United States and around the world. He has appeared with various symphonies and has worked with the likes of Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) in the New York Broadway scene. But after many years of performing on some of the biggest stages in the world, Paul realized that the successes of his career could not outweigh the stresses and challenges that he faced every day.

In the summer of 2003, Paul retreated to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. It was at Lake Junaluska that Paul felt God’s call back to his first love…sacred music.

His passion is leading people in worship, and his music has touched many people as he has performed in numerous churches throughout the country.  But everything leads to his desire to bring comfort, guidance and the presence of God to each listener, so that they may know that God truly loves them. “I don’t know why God has blessed me with the talents He has, just as He blesses every person with their own…but I want to use them to honor Him, to thank Him, to lead others in worshipping Him. My prayer is that all who see how I live my life, find Him in me.”

Paul is Director of Music Ministries at Centenary United Methodist Church in New Bern, NC where he resides with his wife, Katie. He continues to maintain his touring throughout the United States, but also enjoys leading worship at annual conferences, revivals and other special events. More information is available at his website, paulsaik.com.

Patrick Riddick,
Music Associate

As a cradle Methodist, Patrick Riddick learned to play guitar at the age of 13 while growing up in Washington, NC. After graduating from High School, Patrick left Eastern NC to attend Elon College just outside of Burlington, NC. Although receiving his degree in Corporate Communications and Business was important to him his passion for music intensified during his college years. In 1994 the band Dakkota was formed and 5 college buddies hit the road to make their mark on the budding Country Music scene. Dakkota has been in existence now for more than 20 years and during the height of the bands career the guys played more than 180 shows a year, had a development deal with Arista Records, and recorded 5 independent albums.

As the glamour of "road life" wore off, the guys began to get married and slowed the touring schedule. It was at this point that Patrick began his career in business, working for Dealers Supply Company in Mebane, NC. DSC is a Durham, NC based wholesale distributor of fine flooring products. Patrick recognized the opportunity with the company to relocate back to Eastern NC which is where he wanted to raise his kids along with his wife, Dana.

Upon returning to the coast the family settled in New Bern, NC and immediately began the search for a church family. "We feel like Centenary found us instead of us finding Centenary" Patrick says "we were just so comfortable here". While Dana works with the Pre School at Centenary, Patrick has expanded his passion for music into the 8:50 Contemporary Service taking a leadership role over a year and a half ago. "Music has saved me many times and I am just so happy God has put this calling on my heart and he allows me to use my talents each Sunday at worship!" "I know what a responsibility it is to provide music during the service and it is not something I take lightly. There is nothing that fills my heart more than when the Spirit is alive and moving through music."

Patrick lives in New Bern with his wife Dana and their two children Ethan and Emerson.