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Chiz Rider

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Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!!

Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!! Chiz and his son Chase playing a duet at a concert !!!!

Chiz In Guatemala

Chiz In Guatemala Chiz In Guatemala

Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn.

Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn. Chiz with his green trumpet and green lights on the bell of the horn.

Chiz at youth rally.

Chiz at youth rally. Chiz at youth rally.

Chiz playing at concert

Chiz playing at concert Chiz playing at concert

Chiz plays at a church in Arizona !

Chiz plays at a church in Arizona ! Chiz plays at a church in Arizona !

What’s New, May 5, 2015

All right, I have to share this story with you….

I have turned into the person that I use to make fun of when I was growing up. I always use to wondered why people would sit in malls and on benches in the middle of towns and just sit in these places and watch people. I always use to think that it would be so boring to do that, but now…..I LOVE doing that. People are so entertaining!!!!!
This past week I was out on the road from Thursday to Sunday, but I had Saturday off and got to hang out and enjoy the town I was in. I went to Walmart early in the day to pick up a few things and thought I would get Subway for lunch which was just inside of Walmart. I ordered my sub and was checking out and was totally entertained by the guy ordering behind me. He was so specific with what he wanted. The meat had to be folded opposite of the piece next to it, the tomatoes could not overlap, but it was ok for them to touch, and then…….this guy said, and I quote “I hate olives, but I want you to put one in somewhere in my sandwich, so eating it will be fun. I’ll spit that bite out, but it just makes it fun”.
I usually have no problem keeping my laughter to myself, but I do think I laughed out loud when he said that. It was very funny.
Now how do you think God looks at us sometimes? What kind of things do each of us do that is just dumb, crazy or things that make God laugh. I know I have a ton of things in my life alone that most people would laugh at. I do enjoy watching people and how different we all are and how different God has made all of us. I know God has a sense of humor.
The ministry is doing well. We have been very blessed to have schedule a lot of concerts this past month for next year’s tours, and the calls keep coming in. We have had some really good concerts the last few weeks and are looking forward to some good ones coming up. And most importantly, God continues to use this ministry every day to led people to Him. Over 430 have made decisions so far this year. Praise God for those eternal lives, Praise God for His continued blessings and Praise God for His sense of humor.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, April 8, 2015

We were very blessed the other day to have been able to sit down with some good friends and reminisce about the good old days of this ministry and the crazy things we use to do on the road. We were young and dumb. We remember passing snacks back and forth between the truck and the van as we were going 70 mph on the highway. We remembered a certain opening act that performed before us singing one phrase of a song over and over again (it lasted at least 30 minutes). We will never forget that song. And we remember George falling and being covered in mud when we were in the Garden of the gods. It was great remembering all the old times.
Later that night, I was thinking about the differences between what this ministry used to be and where we are now. A lot has changed, we have gone through a ton of challenges, trials, and stress, but we have seen more blessings and have seen God use this ministry in awesome ways. I don’t have a crew with me like I use to, so no one has to worry about us falling out of the truck on the highway, but I will say that we have grown up…OK…we have grown up in some ways.
We have grown in God, trying to be as effective as we possibly can in every situation that God puts us in.

A long, long time ago, I actually sang a song during a concert. It was the song “He’s still working on me”. It was probably cute when I was little, but I did not like singing it. I actually fell off of a stage once during a live TV broadcast singing that song.  I will say that the words of that song are more relevant to my life today than when I was 11 or 12 singing it. God is still working on me – and this ministry.
I thank God for all of the good times we have had in the past, but I also thank God for all of the good times we are having right now, and for the good times that lie ahead.
Please continue to pray for this ministry as we blast God’s Love all over this world with the trumpet.
Thanks for your time,

What’s New, March 6, 2015

Is it March already? Wow, is this year flying by so fast!!! I don’t know if I am turning into an old guy or what, but I usually don’t mind the cold weather and all the snow, but as of now, I am looking forward to this winter going away soon.
We have been so blessed and have seen some awesome things happen this year. A few weeks ago, I watched a whole family respond to the invitation that night at a concert. It started with a younger child, then the mom went back, followed a minute later by the other child and ended with a very emotional father joining the rest of his family. I found out after the concert that the whole family was new to the area and the one child was a trumpet player and wanted to come to the show to see me play, but that is when God did what He does best and touched that whole family and gave them a “all access pass” to eternal life in heaven.
I do enjoy being a musician, but I really enjoy serving God and letting Him use a piece of brass, and me to do awesome things in people’s lives. We are very excited to have seen about 270 people so far this year make decisions for Christ. As I have always said, it is not about numbers at all, it is about God using this ministry to do great things for the Kingdom.
Please join us in praying for this ministry to be as effective as we possibly can in every opportunity we have to share the Gospel.
Thanks for checking in, keeping up with us and praying for this ministry. We always enjoy all the emails of encouragement you all send to this website. We hope to see you at a show real soon.

Thanks for your time,


What’s New, February 3, 2015

We have had a good start to 2015 and are excited to see how God is already using us in an awesome way. Every day we are in the office, we are booking shows for later this year, 2016 and even 2017.
We are currently working on new songs and other things to update our concerts and keep things fresh. But as always, we focus all of our attention on using the right songs and the right tools to present the Gospel in the clearest way we can.
Even though it’s only February, we have already hit a few challenges, but we know that God is in control and we look forward to the victory we will have because it’s in His hands. Please continue to pray for us as we take the Gospel to as many places as we possibly can this year. Pray for us to have good health, finances and endurance to do the task that is before us. And be sure to come out and see us in concert when we are close by.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!!!!
We are back in the saddle after a nice break. Even though it was almost two weeks long, it never seems like it is enough. We spent as much time together as a family as we could. We did bake things and played lots of games. Kaitlin is still trying to recover from me DESTROYING her in Monopoly. Oh Yeah!!!!
The worse part of break, besides it being over, is all the extra weight I put on. Kelli can sure cook.
Now that things are back up and going, we are catching up with things in the office and booking a lot of shows.
We are praying that this year will be the best we have ever had here at this ministry and that God will use us like never before and we pray that we will see lives changed and souls won for the Kingdom.
Thank you for all your support and prayer.
We hope to see you all soon!


What’s New, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!!!!

We are officially done with concerts for the year and are looking forward to a little time off as a family. We have some baking to do in the kitchen and I have some winning to do in games over the break ( I can’t beat Brooke in Memory, I really can’t) and lots more fun stuff planned.
The ministry has had a good year. We are finishing up with 264 concerts for the year but the best part is seeing close to 1400 people receiving Christ as their Savior just this year.
2015 is filling up with a lot of shows and even though next year will mostly be on the east coast, it still looks like we will be close to having the same amount of concerts that we did this year.
Please pray that God will use us in this coming year even more than what He did this year in reaching the lost for His Kingdom.
Thanks to all of you that have come out this year and that have supported us through giving and prayers. We look forward to starting another year in His service.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Chiz Rider Ministries!!!!

What’s New, November 1, 2014

This is my favorite time of year; the temperature is awesome, the trees are beautiful, and everywhere you look you see incredible colors. God is so cool having created so much change in our weather and environment.
There is a lot going on right now in the ministry. The schedule is filling up, the concerts are going well, the phones are ringing, and we are booking dates for next year and beyond.
We are SUPER excited to see how God has used this ministry. Just this year, we have seen over 1000 people make commitments to follow Christ with their lives. I am so amazed how God uses me (a guy that plays the trumpet, a sinner, a weak man) to do His work. I just want to be the servant God has called me to be.
Be sure to check out our 2015 schedule that we just added to website. I hope to see you all when we are playing a concert near you. Thanks for your time and for praying for this ministry.


What’s New, October 1, 2014

God has really blessed us with a full schedule of concerts and opportunities to use our gifts for Him. Are all concerts the same? No way. I will say, and I’m not lying, that I really do enjoy every concert I do, but as you may have read in the last update, some go much better than others. I just finished up a mini tour with several great concerts, but one stood out as a really good time. The audience was great and really got into the whole night of music, and when I gave the opportunity to begin a relationship with Christ, there were 39 decisions just that night. That is awesome!!
There are concerts that are great and it seems like everything goes smoothly and are over before you know it, and then there are concerts that seem to drag a little and you wonder if the audience is asleep. Every audience is different and respond differently, but even on those slower night, I still have a really good time and God always shows up and works in people’s lives.

Just as some shows fly by, it seems like life does too. I look at myself in the mirror and see an older, fatter man than I saw the day before. Where did the time go? I can’t believe that my oldest, Kaitlin, is now a senior in high school and will be graduating in just a few months. I always thought that when people told you that your kids “grow up so fast”, that it was just a figure of speech, but it is VERY true!

Kaitlin just got her senior pictures back from our friend Noelle Roberts – who is a phenomenal photographer- (Noelle Roberts Photography) and the pictures are great! I am, of course, a very proud dad – but you can see why!!

Thank you for checking in and for praying for this ministry as we use the blast of the horn to deliver the greatest message to as many people as we possibly can.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, September 2, 2014

I try to keep these “What’s New” updates positive and upbeat. I have a really cool job, but it does have it’s ups and downs. I enjoy telling you all about how God uses this ministry to do AWESOME things and lead people to Christ, but it does take me away from the family a lot, finances seem to be an unending battle, and once in a while we have a bad day on the road. Regardless, it’s totally worth it.
I will admit that I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to certain things. Being in control of my concert from the first note to the last note is one of those things that I don’t like to give up. I had a concert not to long ago that the churches staff ran the concert for us. I was not able to have any of my guys with me to run sound, video or lighting and it was – well, lets just say it was a rough concert. It is very hard to be on a platform performing and trying to figure out technical issues in your head at the same time.
It seemed like it was the longest concert I have had in years. When I was done, I walked off of the stage and just thought it was a disaster of a concert. I talked to a few people afterwards and then began to pack up my stuff. That’s when a young lady came over to me in tears and told me how the concert touched her heart and gave her the confidence to stop an addiction she had in her life. She also shared with me that her friend that came with her to the show was on his way to go ask for help dealing with the same addiction. Wow… I prayed with her, and when she left, I had to ask God to forgive me. I asked God to forgive me for focusing all of my attention on what I thought I needed to do to make “a good show”, when in fact, what I should have been focused on is simply letting God do His thing and staying out of His way.
There are so many times in life that we may not be happy with the way things turn out, but if we are living the way that God wants us to, He will work through us – His plan will prevail.
I have no idea if that young lady and her friend would have been touched the same way if the concert would have gone the way I thought it should. I am so glad that God is in control and not me!
For me to give up control over my concerts to technicians, other than my own, is VERY hard for me – but, I have learned (and am still learning after 40 years) that I should have no doubt that God is in control.
Thank you Lord !!!!

Below is our newest family picture!!!!!

What’s New, August 12, 2014

Wow, has this summer been going sooooooo fast. It seems like the kids just got out of school and now we only have two more weeks of summer. What’s up with that?
We have had a good summer. The ministry definitely slows down during the summer months and without us having the longer tours, it allows us to have some really nice family time. We were very blessed to have just spent a few days on the beach in Ocean City, NJ. We didn’t take any calls, have anywhere that we had to be, we had no agenda and no performances to do for four days and it was GREAT!!!!! It was just time to focus on our family. It was a great blessing.
Now that the summer is starting to come to a close, things will start kicking into high gear here in the office and on the road and that’s good cause things are getting tight now on the financial side of things. As always, I ask you all to pray for this ministry as we deliver God’s love through the trumpet. Pray that God will give us a freshness, pray He will give us the energy, endurance and constant desire to serve all the people we come in contact with. Pray that we will be more effective then we ever have been with the Gospel and pray that God will continue to meet our needs that we will have nothing distracting us from doing what we have been called to do.

Thanks for checking in,


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Chiz Rider Ministries
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State College, PA 16801

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