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What’s New, December 4, 2018

What a year 2018 has been! It was a year of great things and a year of challenges. I am very thankful for what God provided this year and we are thankful for the growth we have had and the hundreds and hundreds of people that accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior because of God using this ministry.
We here at Chiz Rider Ministries want to thank all of you for praying for this ministry, coming to our concerts and for supporting us in many ways. We are looking forward to seeing God continue to use us in 2019.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope to see you at a concert soon.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, November 7, 2018

All of the “ministry updates” and “what’s new” columns that I write are all about this ministry and how God uses us in awesome ways. If you ever really pay attention to how I write, you will always notice that I very rarely ever say “I” or “me”. God has truly blessed this ministry through the years and we wouldn’t even exist if it weren’t for His blessings.  We are humbled to be doing His will through the talents He has given us. But there is another blessing that God has given me, and it is my wife. It is not her birthday, it is not our anniversary, and it is not even a special occasion in our lives right now – but today, I want to tell you about Kelli and how she has been such a big part of this ministry.
Yes, it is me on the stages playing my trumpet and traveling all over the world, but I would not be anywhere without Kelli’s support. Through the years I have left home for long tours and trips. At times, I have left her for a few days, and other times for weeks and/or months. She gets phone calls from me when I have issues and trouble on the road, and immediately kicks in to help me when I am hundreds or thousands of miles away. She runs the ministry office, takes care of the details of most of our concerts, and she keeps up with our house and the needs of our kids.
Most every married man thinks they have a great wife, well……..I think I have the best. Not many people know her like I do, and I am truly a blessed man. Chiz Rider Ministries may have my name, and it may be centered around the use of a trumpet – but without my amazing wife and my great family, Chiz Rider and Chiz Rider Ministries is not, and would never be what it is.
God has always provided for us, and I know He always will, but I know the greatest thing that He provided for me was my wife. So, my ministry update this month is just putting a spot light on my strength, my love, my best friend and my ministry partner, Kelli Rider!!

What’s New, October 9, 2018

A few weeks ago, while I was on the road, I was at a restaurant eating lunch with a few people from the church I was playing at. When our waiter was at our table I was joking around with him and just having a good time. The waiter joked back a little but was very busy and couldn’t talk a lot. Towards the end of lunch while he was finishing up with us, someone from the church that was there with us invited him to the concert that night and he said he would come. Now…..I don’t want to sound negative, but a lot of people say they will come to the concerts and NEVER do. Well, this situation was different.
At the concert that night somewhere around my third or fourth song, I saw the waiter walk in and sit down in the back. The concert went well and it was a fun night. After the concert was done, he came up and we talked for a few minutes, I gave him a CD and he left. A few minutes went by and I started packing up and he returned and we talked for a few minutes and then he went to leave again and turned around and came up to me and gave me a big hug. He told me he was having the worst week of his life and the concert and what I said during the concert was exactly what he needed to hear.
The Pastor of the church was standing right near me the whole time and was part of our lunch crew, so he knew who this guy was. The Pastor pulled him aside and had a chance to talk to him one on one. After I was done tearing down my equipment and getting ready to leave, the Pastor told me that he prayed to receive Christ at the concert and that he is very excited about getting hooked up in that church. I never asked the Pastor why he was having such a bad week, to be honest, it’s none of my business, but I was very excited to see him respond to the Gospel.
Each year, God blesses this ministry to see hundreds and hundreds of people receive Christ as their Savior. I am always excited about that and that is why we do what we do. But this story is a lesson to all of us, that ministry isn’t just Pastors, or it isn’t just people in ministry and people on stage, it is sometimes as simple as being nice to someone. Show people God’s love in EVERYTHING you do and you will see Him do awesome things.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, September 4, 2018

Don’t be mad at me for saying this, but the summer is over and the cooler weather should start coming soon!! I have played a lot of concerts in non-air conditioned cathedrals and done my share of outdoor concerts and I can surely say, I am thankful fall is coming. There is nothing fun about sweating through your clothes halfway thru your first song of an hour concert. NO FUN AT ALL !!!!
This summer has been good in ministry and we have continued to see people come to Christ at almost every concert. Over a thousand people so far this year have come to Christ at the doors God has opened for this ministry. We are excited about the rest of this year and very excited that most of next year’s tour schedule is done in which we will be all over sharing God’s love with people in every corner of this country. 2020 has two international trips in the works and we are working hard to see those come together.
Please continue to pray that God will meet the needs of this ministry to allow us to continue to spread the Gospel and meet the needs of our family so we can be focused on the job ahead and that’s reaching more people than ever before.

Thank you for your time,

What’s New, August 8, 2018

We live in such a high speed society these days. When we want something, we want it now!! From the invention of the microwave to the invention of the internet, we have made so many things in life come so fast that a lot of people don’t like to wait or work for anything anymore. People just want that instant gratification or an instant result.
I can’t tell you how many people come up to me after concerts and ask me what they can do to be able to go home, pick up their trumpet (that they haven’t played in years), and play the “high notes” like I do. I am sorry, but that’s a silly question. I always answer them by saying that you don’t see body builders going into a gym and benching 350 pounds when they haven’t been to the gym in months/years. You don’t see a runner run 20 miles when he/she hasn’t run in forever. Those athletes work every day to train their body and practice their talents to condition themselves to be able to do what they do. I am certainly NO athlete. I don’t work out, and I certainly don’t run on a regular basis – unless it’s towards a BBQ or a Krispy Krème. But, I do work my tail off every day to condition my whole body to be able to play those “high notes” from the beginning to the end of a 90 minute concert – even when I haven’t slept in several days on a long tour.
I love football. Being that we live in State College, PA, we are big Penn State fans. I enjoyed the last several seasons of watching Saquon Barkley play. What an athlete!! He made it look very easy sometimes. He didn’t just show up to games and play the way he did. He worked his tail off to be the best he could be. He was at the gym before anyone else, and when things got hard, he worked even harder.
I say all of this because I see so many people who want a relationship with Christ. They want to be strong, knowledgeable Christians with Bible knowledge, and have their life together, but don’t want to put the time and effort into it. People want the short cut to having a close relationship with Christ.
A great example of this would be when you buy a piece of furniture that needs assembled, and you give this project to a man. I absolutely promise you that 99% of guys would look at the picture on the box and dive right in to putting it together without ever looking at the instruction manual. When it’s all put together and things are crooked and extra pieces are lying around, the guy will get frustrated and wonder why it didn’t turn out. (Not that I ever did anything like that… Ha-ha.)
A great percentage of people are living their lives without investing any time into a relationship with Christ, or reading the Bible. The funny thing is, we have all been given a manual for living, and it’s the Bible. At times, they wonder why their lives are scattered and aren’t coming together. Some people believe that it’s enough to read a one or two paragraph daily devotional and go to church once in a while to be a “great Christian” – but the truth is…it’s not.
Being a Saquon Barkley is not doing a 5 minute workout every day. Being a runner is not just jogging a mile every morning. Being a weight lifter is not lifting 50 pounds a few times a week. Being a professional trumpet player isn’t practicing 10 minutes here or there. And, having a close relationship with Christ is not giving Him 5 minutes a day. All of these things are not little commitments, they are lifestyles.
I have many friends that are Pastors, or that are in full-time ministry, that are probably “red flagging” some of the things I’m writing about. They may be thinking that a relationship with Christ is way different than being an athlete or a trumpet player. I TOTALLY agree! I am not comparing a Christian life with these illustrations, I’m trying to show that we all need to invest, not just parts, but our whole lives into our relationships with Christ.
Our relationship with Christ should not be a little quick devotional or a trip to church a few times a month. We should all constantly be drawing closer and investing our whole lives to Him. There is no microwave or high-speed internet that will help you to draw closer to Christ. There is not a trick to help you hit the “high notes” in your life, or to help you run life’s long journey. There’s no easy way to lift life’s heavy burdens, but all of those things are easier when you have a close relationship with Christ.
Don’t look for the easy way to have a close relationship with Christ or for the instant gratification of being a Christian. Don’t expect everything in life to instantly come to you. Instead, invest and work on your relationship with Christ. Don’t give God parts of your life – give Him your whole life.

Thanks for your time,


What’s New, July 5, 2018

I love holidays, I really do, but sometimes they frustrate me. I think my frustration with holidays isn’t so much about the holiday itself as much as it is with people. You see, I get frustrated with people that need a holiday to remind them about what that holiday is all about. Take Valentine’s Day for example, I should NOT need one day a year to remind me to go out of my way to treat my wife extra special. Getting her flowers, a card, holding the door open, and simply spending uninterrupted time with her should happen all of the time – not just on Valentine’s Day. The same goes with the 4th of July. Why do we need one day a year to help us be patriotic? We live in the best country in the world and I am extremely proud of our country and want to celebrate that all the time.
And then there are the two biggest holidays – Christmas and Easter. Why in the world do some people only go to church on those two holidays? Why do they only give God two days out of the entire year? Maybe that doesn’t apply to you, but how often do you truly think of what Christ did on the Cross for you and I? On Christmas day, how often do you think about the greatest gift that was given to us – Gods one and only Son, Jesus Christ?
Yesterday was the first 4th of July that I had off in 29 years. I had an AWESOME time with my family and friends. It was a special day and I am thankful for it, but as I put my flags away this morning before the rain comes, I am finding myself excited to put them up again.
I want to encourage us all (and I include myself in this) to love our wives and husband passionately every day. Treat them special, not just on their birthday or Valentine’s Day, but every day. Show your pride in this great country. We are not perfect, and there are a ton of issues that we don’t all agree on, but we are a great nation that does great things. And most importantly, remember what God did for you, and what Christ does, and can do for you, if you have a relationship with Him.
Love as hard as you can, be proud of where you live, and draw closer to Christ with every ounce of life you have.


What’s New, June 5, 2018

I often get asked “where is your favorite place you ever played?” I usually answer and say that I don’t have a favorite place, which is very true. Every place is unique in its own way. That’s what I love, that every place is a little different. Now…..I’m going to sound like I’m contradicting myself, but I recently had the opportunity to play at the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics and it was AWESOME!!
It was here in our home town in PA, so my whole family was able to be there, but the athletes were great and we all had a fantastic time.
Whether it be a small country church, a huge mega church, a prison, the Special Olympics or wherever else God opens a door, it is always very cool to see God use every opportunity for His Glory.
Thank you for your time,


What’s New, May 3, 2018

We just got back from a little ten day tour in the mid-west. I would love to say it was an awesome trip, but that would be a lie. The morning (3:45 am) I had to leave for a chapel service in Ohio, the trailer was blowing fuses on the truck and I couldn’t find the problem fast enough, so I left the trailer at home, drove to the chapel service in Ohio, played and drove the whole way back home. It took me a few hours to find a tiny little wire shorting out between the walls of the trailer. After that, it was back to Ohio for concerts the next day.
I wish that was it……Leaving Ohio two days later, the tire blew on the trailer, ripped the wheel well off as well as the electrical wires for the side marker lights and once again, shorted out the trailer. I got the spare on and finished my trip for the day and made it to my first concert in Indiana. The next day, I got tires and fixed the short. A few days after that I got a wheel well and fixed that in Wisconsin.
I am not telling you this story to focus on all of the junk that happened, but to tell you about the awesome victories that happened in the concerts. On that ten day trip, God blessed in an awesome way and we saw 18 people come to the Lord.
Some of these tours we do go so well from start to finish, but others seem to be a lot rougher than others and you just feel like you’re getting punched in the gut every day. But when God uses the music and us to deliver the Gospel and see people saved, it is 100% worth every blown tire, electrical short and days with no sleep.
I love seeing God work in every situation!!

Please join us in a HUGE prayer need right now. Our health insurance is up for renewal in August and has jumped in price over $1000 per month. That is not even a consideration for us, so we are shopping for a new carrier that will meet our needs. Please join us and pray we will find something soon and in our budget.

Thank you so much for your time and for supporting this ministry.


What’s New, April 3, 2018

I guess it is a normal thing for us to go into an “auto pilot” mode sometimes in our lives. For us here, it is touring, office work, touring, office work, touring, office work, etc. Please don’t misunderstand me, I love what we do and I understand the importance of this ministry, but once in a while, life just runs on that auto pilot mode.
In my devotions this morning, I was reading about how God called Abraham into service, and how God took care of him every step of his life. I am certainly not Abraham, but I know God has called us into this ministry to spread the Gospel. It is the highest calling – not just for me and my family, but for all believers. I also know how God has taken care of us every step of our ministry and our lives.
I don’t want this ministry and our opportunities in spreading the Gospel to fall into auto pilot mode. I want everything we do to be top notch and at a high level of excellence. I want my songs to reach people that normally wouldn’t hear about Jesus. I want the words I speak, on stage and off, to be as full of wisdom and encouragement as Abrahams were. I want this not for myself, but to further the Kingdom Of God.
Please pray for us as we travel and spread the Gospel all around this country. Please pray that nothing will distract us or keep us from being as effective as we can in what God has called us to do. Pray that God will continue to lead and guide us in this ministry like He did with Abraham.
I’m officially done having children – four is a perfect number for Kelli and me. I certainly don’t think I’ll have “descendants as numerous as the stars” like Abraham did, but it’s important to us to add as many people as we can to the Kingdom Of God by spreading the Gospel.
Thank you for your time and prayers,


What’s New, March 2, 2018

I have been in ministry for 36-37 years and have been playing my trumpets for over 40 years. My first “public” performance was when I was 7 years old. I played at my home church in Altoona, PA. A few weeks after that, I was invited to play at the Port Matilda United Methodist Church where Pastor Sabas was leading that congregation. Pastor Sabas later became part of our ministry advisory board and helped lead us into full time ministry. Through the years he has pastored at a few different churches and I have been blessed to be at all of them.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to minister with him again in Tamaqua, PA. What a blessing, not only to this ministry, but to me personally to have served with him again. Many years have passed since that first concert, but in some ways, it seems like just yesterday. It was not only great seeing Pastor Sabas again, but it was an awesome time spent with his congregation.

Last weekend I was ministering in Tamaqua, Pa and this weekend I’m headed to Cathedral City, CA! God is so awesome to allow us to serve.

I am thankful for friends of this ministry like Pastor Sabas, and to all of you that check in, as well as those of you who support and pray for this ministry. Thank you so much !!!

Thank you for your time,

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