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What’s New, October 5, 2016

For the past few weeks, I have been saying something in my concerts that some people have been joking with me about after the shows. I have been saying that I don’t consider myself a “trumpet player”, but I do consider myself a messenger of the Gospel and I use the trumpet as a tool to spread the Gospel. I feel that so many people these days want to be labeled or have a title. They want to have a “Dr.” before their name, or be recognized for what they are doing/have done in life. I personally don’t think there is anything wrong with that, but my biggest goal in life is to spread the Gospel, not playing the trumpet.

God has continued to bless this ministry in so many ways. We are seeing so many people receive Christ and turn their lives around to Him. At one of my more recent concerts, I had an older gentleman hand a bag of drugs to the pastor right after the concert saying that he wanted to get back to God and get his life on track. We have also seen little kids running to the altar because they are so excited to know Christ. All of those things are not because of the trumpet, but because of the Gospel.

My prayer today is that I can stay out of the way and let God use this ministry to continue to do awesome things. I pray that I can be more useful to Him than I ever have been, and I pray that He will bless this ministry to do His work.

Kelli and the kids are doing very well. Kaitlin has started a new job and is enjoying it. She wants to save her money so she can go back to college and not have debt because of school. Chase is very excited that this is his last year in high school. And Ryan and Brooke are enjoying their new school year so far. Kelli has been able to come out on the road with me a few times this summer including a trip to DC. I really enjoy having her on the road with me.

Thank you for your prayers for this ministry our family and for checking in. I hope to see you at a concert very soon.


What’s New, August 9, 2016

Where did this summer go? I like having a slower summer schedule so we can do more family things, but this summer has been crazy busy with so much that we have not had the “family summer” we wanted. I am definitely for education and for my kids to be in school, but with school starting in a few weeks, I get jealous of school because it sometimes feels like it takes my family time away. I guess we will just have to make the best of every minute we have left in this summer and hope things will slow down a little.
Last month, Kelli posted our update on Facebook. That update was a story about how a man received Christ and how God uses this ministry even when we don’t realize it. I got several comments from various people encouraging us in our mission in this ministry. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate the encouragement and the things that people said in the comments, but I found myself a little bit conflicted. Why did we post that? I get frustrated with posts that teens do. It seems like they post things just to get a reaction or a pat on the back from people. Whether it be something they did, something they ate, they made, or a place they went, some posts people make are done for no other reason than for getting attention.
So I found myself wondering if we came across the same way. Were we posting to boast about something we did? ABSOLUTELY NOT, and I hope and pray people will never see any of our posts that way. Why? Because it is never “us” that does anything in this ministry, it is God. I have tried to run this ministry myself, pay bills, schedule and perform shows myself and I don’t do as good at any of that compared to when God does it all. I still have many things in my life that I need to give up to God but I am so thankful to serve Him in this ministry and in my life.
Please know and understand that anytime we share things that are going on in this ministry is never for any attention, to boast, or to get a pat on the back. What we share with you is to celebrate what God is doing not just in our family but in this ministry all over the world.
Thank you for checking in, thank you for your time in reading this, and thank you for praying that God will continue to use this ministry to change people’s lives for eternity.


What’s New, July 7, 2016

I have done concerts in so many places – and I really do enjoy what I get to do, but there are some places we go that I just don’t understand why we are there. I had a recent experience at a church that I just don’t know why we were there. The concert was fine, they responded well, but no one really seemed to react to the challenge and invitation towards the end of the concert. We finished the concert, packed up and drove home. The whole drive home I was just thinking that the entire day was sort of a waste in some ways. It seemed like I was just an entertainer for that day.
A few days went by and I received a call from a woman that had attended the concert with her husband. It was the first time in 10 years that he went to church. A day or two after the concert, he began to ask his wife a few questions about things that I had said at the concert. Within a few minutes, she got to lead him to the Lord.
I have no idea what it was that I said, or what song may have touched him, but what I do know is that God can use ANY situation for His glory. I am so thankful for the blessing to be His servant.

I hope you all got to celebrate and had a great 4th of July.

Thank you for your time and prayers,

What’s New, June 1, 2016

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend and had the opportunity to go to a service that honored our fallen soldiers that gave it all so we can live in this awesome country.
A lot of band and other ministries seem to get very busy during the summer months, but we are a little different. I can’t say we do it on purpose, but our summers are usually not full of tours but just long weekends and a 3-4 day trip here and there, but just not any long tours. Most of our tours are in January through April and then mid-September through December. I’m not complaining at all because it allows us to get caught up on phone calls, booking and getting some projects done. But the greatest benefit of slower summers is spending more family time together when the kids are out of school. This should be a GREAT summer!!!
Please check out our schedule and come see a show when we are close by you. Please also pray for this ministry as we continue to use the trumpets to spread the Gospel all around this world.


What’s New, May 5, 2016

One of the big challenges with this life is balancing the ministry and road life with home and family time. The first part of this year has been very busy with a lot of tours and being away from home, but the next four months, even though they are busy, will be much more home time.
I am very excited that this month I will have the honor to play my trumpet before Congress. We also have an initiation to play for the House Of Representatives. I have been very blessed to have played all over the world and for a few Presidents, but I am looking forward to the honor to play at both places. Hopefully I can get a picture or two when I’m playing.
I just returned a few days ago from a short tour to the mid-west. I was blessed from playing several shows in Kansas and Missouri and then spending five days in Colorado Springs at the National Bible Quiz. It was great to serve there, but I will say that every time I play at the Bible quizzes, I leave those events feeling pretty stupid. Those kids are AMAZING !!! They memorize several books of the Bible word for word. I struggle memorizing my passwords for my emails, so there is no way I could do what they do. It was a great week and I am looking forward to serving again next year with them.
Thank you all for checking in and praying for this ministry. God is doing some great things through this ministry so far this year and we are looking forward to seeing what else He will do the rest of this year.


What’s New, April 1, 2016

It has only been two weeks or so since I did the last update. Not much has happened since then. We’ve had a few concerts, and Easter was great, but the fun thing that I get to talk about in this post today, is that Kelli and I just celebrated our twenty year Anniversary.
The last twenty years have been with many ups and downs in life and this ministry, but through everything, God has been faithful and my beautiful wife has been right beside me in every step. I love being with her more now than I did when we were dating and more than I ever have.
God has given us many beautiful things in this world.  I get to see many of His beautiful creations as I travel. I have seen sunrises and sunsets in other countries that look over deserts and oceans that would take your breath away.  I have seen mountains and valleys, and everything in between.  I thank God for everything He has given us and that I get to see so much of it as I am on the road. But the greatest beauty that I have seen, is in the wife that God has given me.
I am so blessed to have such a beautiful wife that shows God’s love in everything she does. Happy Anniversary Kelli. I am looking forward to the next 20 years and beyond.
Thank you to all of you who pray for this ministry and our family.


What’s New, March 18, 2016

Some tours are very easy and others have challenges. This tour I just ended on the west coast had a few challenges with our truck. I had two different issues that I was able to work through and get fixed, but boy, can it give you some stressful times when you’re that far away from home and have vehicle problems. In those kind of situations, I really like to step back, take a deep breath and let God show me the solutions through the experience and resources He has given us. Both problems could have been a stopping point for the tour, but God is sooooo much bigger than a turbo or sand in a fuel tank and pump.
So that was the challenges, but the rewards were the awesome concerts and dozens of people that received Christ in the three weeks. As I said in my last post, I really enjoy the variety of places, denominations and congregations that I get to play for. I always have people asking me what my favorite concert was on this tour and you know what……I loved them all. From the handful of people that showed up in a down pour at a church in Oregon to the thousand people that were at our show in northern California, they were all great concerts, great people and God used every show to spread His love.
I can’t tell you how much it means to us, for those of you that support our ministry through prayer and finances. Even though I travel most of the time by myself, I know that God is with me every step of the way, but I also know I have a lot of people that support this ministry and are backing us in many ways. Thank you so much!!

Most people that travel and perform concerts will post pictures of their concerts on social media. Pictures of crowds, church auditoriums, concert halls and pictures of people they meet. Well……I don’t take many pictures like that. It’s not that I don’t like those things, it’s just that I don’t think to take my phone out and take pictures of audiences and facilities. Instead, I like to take pictures of God’s creations. Waterfalls, sun rises, sun sets, coastal pictures and so many more things like that is what I enjoy snapping a shot of. Follow me on Facebook or Instagram and you’ll be able to see some of the pictures I took and do take when I’m on tour.
Thanks for your time,

What’s New, February 11,2016

What a difference a week and several hundred miles makes. This morning I shoveled snow off my driveway as the wind was blowing a lot of snow in my face and taking my breath away. Just last week, I was down south in Florida, Georgia and the Carolina’s enjoying warm weather. Like I said…what a difference a week and several hundred miles makes.
The south was a blessing to us. We had great concerts and saw God do work in people’s lives. One of the things I really enjoy about traveling is the diversity and differences that I get to see. Just this past tour alone I was blessed to play in a tiny little church with a handful of people, and then a few days later, I was in front of several thousands playing at a large church. Not only was I in different church sizes, but different denominations, different climates, different kinds of people, and different styles of worship. Even with all those differences, I get to meet and work with some really great people that love the Lord – and that’s the best part.
I have about 10 more days at home with a few shows close by in Pennsylvania, and then I head out west for a few weeks. I’ll start in Oregon, then work into California, Arizona and end the trip in Oklahoma. If you’re anywhere close by any of these upcoming concerts, be sure to check out specifics on our “tour schedule” and come out and see us.
I love going to the west coast and I am looking forward to what God will do in that tour. Please keep this ministry in your prayers as I am away from my family and on the road.
Thanks for your time and for your prayers.


What’s New, January 5, 2016

We had an awesome Christmas tour and ended the year seeing a little over 1900 people receiving Christ and changing their lives towards Christ throughout the 2015 year. It was a great year in many ways.
We had a little break around the holidays and got to spend some good time alone as a family. And yes………..I beat Kaitlin again in our annual Monopoly game. Yeah Me !!!!!!! Haha !!
Now that we are back in the office and focusing on this year, we are looking forward to traveling all over the country this year. We start down south and then head west. I am looking forward to seeing old friends and old faces and really looking forward to meeting many new people.
Check out our schedule to see when we will be close to you and come out and hear our new music and catch a show.
Thanks for checking in, keeping up with us and praying for this ministry. Please pray that God is always the focus in everything we do. Pray for my family as I am away from them, pray for safe travels with no troubles and pray that God will continue to use this ministry in awesome ways.

Thanks for your time,


What’s New, December 1, 2015

Christmas season is here!!!! It comes the same time each year, but for some reason it always seems to sneak up on us. Actually…Kelli and I are further ahead than we ever have been with Christmas decorating, shopping and whatever else comes with this season. Our December schedule is really full of concerts with our last show being December 20th. After that, we get week and a half off to hang as a family. It will be a great time.
God has been working through this ministry a lot this year. We have seen so many people accept Christ and change their lives. That is why we do this. That is why I leave my family and spend as much time on the road as I do. Seeing God use the trumpet to reach so many people is what keeps us going. I always pray that there is never a time that this ministry is about me. I want it to be all about God, and for us to serve Him in any way we can.
A life doesn’t have to be changed just by coming to a concert, it can be changed right now by receiving Christ as your Savior. You see, for a lot of people,this time of year is about giving gifts and receiving gifts. This is not much different because you can receive the best gift you ever could by asking Christ to come into your life, to forgive you of your sins, and to grant you eternal life. Find out more about this gift that God has for you by clicking on the “True Salvation is just a click and prayer away” tab on the top right of this home page. Make this Christmas the best one ever by receiving the best gift ever – Christ!
Be sure to read our recent newsletter for updates on the family and a great devotional.
Thank you to all of you who pray, support and follow this ministry. From our family to yours, we wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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