I currently have the privilege of serving as the Director of Sovereign Grace Music for Sovereign Grace Ministries. My main tasks include equipping pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship, and overseeing albums produced by Sovereign Grace Music. I’m currently participating in a church plant to Louisville, KY, led by CJ Mahaney. Our first public meeting was Sept. 30, 2012.
I grew up as a Roman Catholic and planned to become a missionary priest in a third world country. Didn’t happen. When I was a freshman in college, someone from Campus Crusade shared the Gospel with me and for the first time I realized that the death of Jesus on the cross paid for ALL my sins. I turned from my sin and put my complete trust in Jesus Christ to save me from God’s wrath. After receiving a piano performance degree from Temple University in 1976, I traveled for 8 years with the contemporary Christian group GLAD, as a song writer, speaker, and arranger. I left the group in 1984, but continued writing and arranging for them until 2007. Our most well known recording is The A Cappella Project, released in 1988. I left GLAD in 1984 to pursue active involvement in the local church. I became a pastor in 1985 at Fairfax Covenant Church in Virginia, and in 1991 moved to help start what is now Crossway Community Church in Charlotte, NC. In 1997, I moved to Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland to serve in my present role as Director of Sovereign Grace Music. In June of 2012, I moved one more time , this time to Louisville, KY with Sovereign Grace Ministries, and also to help plant Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.
I had the joy of marrying my dearest friend, Julie, in August of 1976. We now have six children, four of whom are married, and thirteen grandchildren (although that number is always changing). The picture above was taken in November of 2013.
About This Blog
While this blog is designed for those who lead worship in song (pastors, musicians, small group leaders), anyone who wants to use music and words to magnify God’s glory in Christ should find something relevant here. I don’t have a consistent pattern to my blogging, but I generally post something 1-2 times a week. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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