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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, 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,


What’s New, July 9, 2014

July 4th came and went. It was a day of lots of food, fireworks and fun. It is a day to celebrate our countries independence. Both of my Grandfathers fought to help us keep that independence and so did a lot of other people. I am a VERY proud American and cannot think of any other country that I would want to live in. I do think that it is sad that a lot of people only think about our independence only once a year. So much sacrifice was made so we could be free.
As cool as our countries independence is, there is a greater independence that we have or can have that came with a HUGE cost. It’s our independence and forgiveness of our sins because of what Christ did for us on the cross.
God has blessed us so much with so many things, but His greatest gift to us was His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ came and lived a perfect life so he could be the perfect sacrifice for the things you and I do wrong in our lives every day. Because of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we can be forgiven of our sins and have a promise to live with Him in Heaven for eternity, which is a much cooler place to live then even this country.
July 4th comes and goes every year. A lot of people remember their independence because of the flags, food, fireworks and much more, but when we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior, we should not need anything to help remind us of what He did for us to give us our freedom from sin.
Do you need that freedom, do you want that promise that God gives us of spending eternity in Heaven, do you want your eternal independence in God? Then move your mouse over to “True Salvation is just a click and prayer away” which is in the right corner of this website and see how easy it is to begin a relationship with Christ today. It will be the greatest thing you’ll ever do in your life.

Thanks for your time,

What’s New, June 3, 2014

Six and a half more days and the kids are off of school for the summer. I am not sure if they are more excited or if Kelli and I are more excited. We are looking forward to a great summer. The ministry will slow down a bit and not have longer tours until September, but that doesn’t mean we will not be doing concerts. The summer is still full of lots of opportunities to come out and see us. Most of the next three months will be in PA which is nice for us.
I do enjoy the warmer weather, but really don’t enjoy sweating like a dog when I’m performing. I would rather be playing outside in a blizzard then being on stage in the sun. Those of you that play brass instruments know that it is VERY hard to play when your mouth piece is sliding all around your mouth and your sweat makes it very hard to get an air tight seal around your lips. All that said…..I like the summer, but I don’t enjoy the “heat” shows we sometimes have to do, and we definitely have a few of those coming up.
I just got an email a little bit ago that was very cool and a huge encouragement. It was from a missionary that is in Africa that has been there for several years and has had a very successful ministry leading people to the Lord. He shared a lot about his ministry and how God took his life and changed it totally around. He had been a heavy drug user and was stealing on a regular basis just to have enough money to support his habit. But that whole life came to a complete halt one night when God grabbed him and changed him. The encouraging part for us, besides the obvious, is that God grabbed this guy at one of our concerts. Now there is never a moment and there will never be a moment where I will take any credit for things like that, but it is very cool to hear stories like this and many more and see how God uses a simple piece of brass and a simple, sinful man like me to do things like this. That is cool!!!
As always, I want to thank you for checking in and keeping up with this ministry, and I want to encourage all of you to live the life that God wants you to live and be the example that you know He wants you to, because you never know when God will use you to change somebodies life.

Thanks for checking in,

What’s New, May 1, 2014

There are moments in life where we all get so busy and at the end of that busy time, we have not gotten anything we wanted to done. The last month has been running around clearing out Dad’s house and storage places, little tours and trying to keep up with office things. But right now, I really feel behind with a lot I have to get done. I never want to be “that guy” that is always busy, so our whole family is looking forward to getting back to our normal schedule and getting focused back on this ministry.
As always, the summer slows down from the longer tours to just short tours and long weekend jumps around the country. I will say that being home and not out touring when the kids are off from school is very nice. So now that the summer is around the corner, we are all planning for a great summer together as a family.
Please continue to pray for this ministry that finances will get easier and that God will use 2014 as the biggest year in service to Him that we have ever had.
The pictures below are a few recent youth events that we did. Please continue to check out our schedule and when we are near to you, come out and see us. Thanks for the prayer and support.

Thanks for checking in,


Whats New, March 29, 2014

Well, what can I say! The western tour was great. All of the concerts were good and God did some AWESOME things. Just in that 4 weeks on tour, we saw close to 200 dedicate their lives to Christ. That makes every mile and every second away from my family worth it. I feel so blessed to be a servant of God and to be used to further His Kingdom. All I really have to do some days, is stay out of Gods way and he does everything. I just never want to be in the way.

Usually when I get home, I try to take a few days off and spend time with Kelli and the Kids, but this time things were a little different. My father has been battling cancer for several years and took a turn for the worse during the tour. I was able to finish the tour and still have a few days with him before he passed. He passed just last night at 6:10pm. He now gets to hear what a real trumpet is suppose to sound like in heaven. He will be missed by all of us.
Please pray for our whole family as we remember all the good times we had together.

I am also excited to share that Kelli and I will be celebrating our 18th year anniversary tomorrow. We may not get the “date day” we want tomorrow, but you can bet that I will take her out to celebrate when things calm down around here. It is so cool to spend everyday of my life married to the most beautiful, loving girl in the world. God blessed me so much when He put us together.

Thanks for your time,


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