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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, July 1, 2015

This time of year is always so much fun. Having the kids home from school and being able to be home from long tours myself, just makes the summer months a lot of fun. It is also FIREWORKS time. The fourth of July is awesome, but it is a day that is much more than fireworks, food, concerts and whatever else people do that day. It is the day we celebrate our independence day as a country. It is the day the Declaration of Independence was put into effect, and it was the day we declared independence from Great Britain. What an awesome day to celebrate. How can you not be patriotic on a day like the fourth of July?
Even though I have not had the honor and privilege to serve my country in the armed forces, I still consider myself a very patriotic person. But even though the Fourth of July is a great American holiday, there is another independence that I celebrate even more then the Fourth of July. It is my independence from being a slave to sin. You see, a long time ago, I asked Christ to come into my life and forgive me of all my sins and grant me eternal life in heaven. That very moment when I said a simple prayer, was the very moment that Christ wrote my name in the Book of Life and forgave me of everything I had done.
A long time ago, the forefathers of this country wrote their names on the Declaration of Independence, and on that day, July 4, 1776, we became a free nation. On the day that I asked Christ in my life, my name was written down in that Book Of Life and I became free.
Today we live in an awesome country. It is a country that gives us many freedoms, it gives us many opportunities and even though we have many problems and challenges, it is still the best country in the world. But if you have not asked Christ into your life, whether you live in America or not, you are not free.
Find out what that freedom is by asking Christ to be your Savior. Ask Him to forgive you of everything you have done wrong, so you can be free from the bonds of sin. You can do all of this by saying a simple prayer.

Dear Jesus,
I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to receive you as Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.

If you have said that prayer, you have begun your relationship with Christ and can begin your own independence day in your own life.
It seems like Coke has done a really cool thing recently. They are marketing geniuses. They have all these bottles with people’s names on them. It is the same Coke inside, but it is pretty cool when you find a Coke bottle with your name on it. I think everyone in our family has found their names and drank “their” Cokes. But something that is so much better than having your name on a Coke bottle, is having your name in God’s Book Of Life. Be sure right now that your name is written down by saying that prayer.
Celebrate this great country on the Fourth of July, but be sure to thank God and celebrate your Independence Day from the bonds of sin.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, June 2, 2015

Last month’s update, I told you a story from the road. That is something I could do every update I do. I have sooooo many stories that I could write a book. Some stories would be funny, some sad, some crazy and some that should never be told. But these updates are not just for the stories, but for how things are going in this ministry.
There are some things that always seem to go well, and then some things that I think we will always struggle with. Concerts are going well, we have had a lot of great shows lately and have had great turn outs at most of them. Now, once in a while, we will have a show that doesn’t go great, but that is to be expected every now and then. Our schedule continues to fill up more and more each week. 2015 is 99% done, 2016 is half done and we have several concerts booked for 2017 and 2018 already.
Even with all that happening and going well, it seems as if the financial side of things is always our challenge. Health insurance is greatly increasing, other insurances, travel costs, utilities and so much more seems to always be on the rise while the income stays the same. God has always taken good care of us and I know He always will.
People will often ask me why I don’t get another job and quit this ministry since we struggle financially all the time. The reason I don’t……….The reason we don’t is because of the over 1,400 people that received Christ in their lives last year at our concerts and the 510 so far this year that have done the same. The amount of people is not important, but it is how God uses us and a brass instrument to do His work.
I haven’t done this by myself. I have an incredible wife and kids that are just as much of a part of this ministry as me, I have a great board of directors, and I have you all. Thank you to all of you that have supported our ministry through the years through finances and prayers. It is awesome to see God use all of you to further this ministry.
If you would like to become part of our ministry support team through prayer or financial help, please contact us so we can get to know you.

Thanks for your time.

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,

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Chiz Rider Ministries
110 Science Park Court
State College, PA 16801

(814) 231-8896
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