The organ was originally installed at Midway Hills Christian Church in 1967 by the McManis Organ Company of Kansas City, KS and built by Charles McManis. During his career, which spanned roughly sixty years, Charles McManis built or restored nearly 140 organs across the U.S. He specialized in voicing techniques that used pipe nicking. In the 1940s McManis experimented with making pipes from aluminum tubing.
The 1967 installation included the great, the swell, and the pedal organ with plans for the positiv to be added when more funds became available. In 1972 the Krummhorn (61 reed pipes) was the first rank of pipes added to the Positiv. In 1974 Charles McManis installed the following additional pieces: the Positiv pipe work, the Dulzian (61 reed pipes) was added to the swell, and 32 Quintaton pipes (a low flute stop) was added to the pedal.
In 1991 the last round of additions were made. These included: a new console with 8 levels of memories, 65 draw stop knobs, and a complete capture and piston system and were supervised by Danny Keller. Keller designed the placement of the draw knobs, and the contract ensured the console matched the architecture of the sanctuary.
MHCC’s McManis organ is registered in the OHS Organ Database and you can view it’s entry here.