Worship


I have been leading worship in a variety of styles and capacities for more than 10 years. God has shaped in me a passion and enthusiasm for worshiping Him and helping others do so, too. My mission is to reach people and advance the Kingdom through worship.

Christmas @ Immanuel in Lansing
Worship is honoring and esteeming someone or something to an elevated status in your life.  This will always be evidenced by how you spend your time, energy and money.  Of course, only Jesus is worthy and appropriate to be worshiped, and how we related to Him on every level is worship.  One of the most common expressions of worship is singing.  Psalm 100:2 says, “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.”  While worship should be a continual lifestyle, corporate worship as a body of believers is also necessary.  Hebrews 10:25 states, “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Choosing a style of music in worship is an important and challenging decision.  However, style is not the concrete bedrock of a worship service – truth is.  Jesus said, “But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way.” (John 4:23)  Biblical truth - Jesus, Himself - never changes!  The way we worship in spirit may vary between individuals and churches, but if we are all grounded in the truth of God’s Word, we all worship together!

Worship @ youth camp
Here are pastoral positions God has given me the honor to serve Him through worship:
  • Minister of Music/Education at First Baptist Church—Mountain View, MO
    • Pastor responsible for vision, strategy and implementation of worship ministries
    • Craft and lead 2 Spirit-filled, themed Sunday morning worship services (contemporary and traditional)
    • Recruit and develop members for worship team (instrumentalists and vocalists). Provide leadership for the blend, synergy and focus of team in practices and worship services
    • Oversee audio/visual ministries, including all sound and video equipment
  • Worship Pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church—Lansing, MI
    • Maintain website, including streaming video sermons, and implement social media strategy
    • Prep for worship @ Sharon Cobb Memorial
    • Create and administer yearly budget for worship ministries 
  • Worship and Student Pastor at Raisinville Baptist Church—Monroe, MI
    • Provide support in creation of children’s choir
    • Coordinate special music for Sunday services, as well as plan concerts and special events
    • Direct seasonal musical and dramatic productions.
    • Student ministry responsibilities:
      • Pastor responsible for the student ministry, The DRIVE (Draw students to new life in Christ, Respond to God’s love, Invest in each other, Venture deeper in our faith and Embrace the needs of our community)
      • Plan and organize student ministry activities, including our main event, The Drive-In, and small group Bible studies, called Fuel
      • Recruit and mentor a group of adult and student leaders
      • Worship @ youth winter retreat
      • Other student ministry pastoral duties including preaching, hospital visits, encouragement, etc.
These are other avenues God has brought my way:
  • Vacation Bible School - I have had the honor and privilege of leading worship for VBS in many different churches over many summers.  I have led with both live music and DVD's. 
  • Revival - before joining Immanuel Baptist Church in Lansing as their Worship Pastor, I was asked to lead worship for a weekend revival they were hosting. 
  • Baptist State Convention of Michigan, Annual Convention - I was asked to provide the worship for the 2005 Annual Convention.  I had only been in Michigan for 1 year, so I was thrilled and honored to do so. 
  • Metamorphosis (Youth Summer Camp) - I provided the worship for both morning and evening sessions.  I was blessed to lead for two years.  During the second summer, I incorporated some youth musicians to assist me during worship.
  • Winter Retreat - I led worship for an Associational Youth weekend retreat which included 3-4 churches.
  • Student ministry (The Drive In) - I led the worship for the main student gathering at Raisinville Baptist Church.  Occasionally, a few youth would join with me and two other adults in providing instrumentation or vocals.