If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph:
THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED
FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
WAS MUSIC — Kurt Vonnegut
I’ve carried a passion for faith and music my whole life. Formal lessons started with piano and voice when I was in elementary school and then I taught myself how to play guitar and bass in college. I enjoy listening to all kinds of music (secular and Christian, old and new) and weekly serve on the worship team at Prairie Hills Covenant Church. Professionally, I’m a computer programmer.
My faith journey began with the writings of CS Lewis in high school, which led me to study philosophy and theology in college. After years of searching for God through intellectual study, I eventually came to the conclusion that it was impossible to prove his existence by reason and became agnostic around my 30th birthday. Seven years later, I became depressed. My days got darker and darker, and in the bottom of that swamp, Jesus saved me. Music pierced my fortress of selfishness so that the light of God’s love could reach my heart. Sleepless nights were spent in my hymnal, connecting with the Holy Spirit through tears with songs like Abide With Me, Be Still My Soul, and Precious Lord Take My Hand. Ever since that episode, my love for music and Jesus has only increased.
OneVoice will be an awesome gift for the city of Sioux Falls, and I don’t mean just the performance. The first piece of the vision that the founders agreed on was that the heart of OneVoice is the rehearsals. It’s in the rehearsals where we’ll meet new people, make new friends, pray for each other, serve one another, brighten each other’s days, and help each other’s burdens get just a little bit lighter. Bring your voice! Be the community!