Celebrating With A World of Rhythms
Missions Fest 2013 will celebrate the growth of the global Church with a variety of rhythms that reflect the multi-ethnic nature of our city. Participants are encouraged to join with each group as they lead us in worship. Musicians at Missions Fest are representatives of local congregations and serve on a volunteer basis, offering their gifts of praise in a kaleidoscope of colours and rhythms. Some of our featured musicians have CDs or MP3 recordings and will have them available after their session, or at the on-site bookstore throughout the weekend.
The opening General Session on Friday evening will be led by Tim Braund of the Cariboo Hill Temple (Salvation Army). Tim was commissioned Bandmaster of the Cariboo Hill Temple Band in 2009. He is a retired elementary school principal who has been involved in Salvation Army bands for over 50 years.
Andrea Tisher will lead worship at the three Saturday General Sessions. She is a vocalist, pianist, arranger and composer whose study of music and theology has led to a passion for thoughtful worship. She is the Director of Music & Worship at First Baptist Church in the heart of Vancouver. She is a graduate of Regent College where she also had the privilege of planning and facilitating worship events as their Chapel Coordinator. Andrea grew up in Calgary, AB, and now lives with her husband and daughter in Richmond.
Sunday’s worship will be led by Jeremy Johnson, a local writer and recording artist from Tsawwassen. His 2008 album, Form The Words, and the song, Together, each received nominations by the Gospel Music Association of Canada for the way that he combined themes of social justice with modern worship. Today, Jeremy spends his time developing young musicians and leading worship as the Worship Arts Leader at South Delta Baptist Church.
Dr. Wes and Kim Janzen continue to serve in the Ukraine with the Music Mission Kiev. They toured the Fraser Valley in September of 2012.
Youth Worship Leaders
Ben Woodman will be joined by John Fortune to lead the Friday evening Youth Rally. Ben is the Youth Pastor at Cariboo Road Christian Fellowship in Burnaby and is a gifted worship leader. John Forture, one of the city’s growing network of youth pastors, is the Youth Pastor of People’s Church in Surrey.
Restoration Church Worship Band is led by Sergio Najarro, one of the Missions Fest youth leaders. Those attending the Young Adults Rally on Saturday evening will appreciate the Latin-American rhythms and Sergio’s sensitivity to leading people into God’s presence through worship.
Teens attending Club 67 will enjoy the Capernwray Student Band, returning to give leadership to the Friday and Saturday evening events (Room #3, Meeting Room Level).
Prelude of Praise
Friday, January 25th – 6:15 p.m.
Tim Braund and the Cariboo Hill Temple Band (formerly Vancouver Temple Band) of the Salvation Army will provide the musical prelude to our opening General Session. The band has been involved in musical ministry for over 120 years. Each week the Band is involved in the worship services at Cariboo Hill Temple, a Salvation Army place for Christian worship and service in Burnaby. The Band participates in many community events throughout Vancouver and the Lower Mainland with its unique way of proclaiming “Music with a Message”.
Saturday, January 26th – 1:30 p.m.
Dr. Stephanie Chung is the conductor for the Zion Mission Women’s Choir in Vancouver. The choir sang at the Palace of the Korean President in the Blue House in 2010, and most recently was honoured to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Dr. Chung’s contributions through music and philanthropy are evident in the charitable events, fund-raisers and concerts in which she has organized and performed. She received her Bachelor’s of Music at Seoul National University. She continued her studies in the Master’s program majoring in piano at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Recently she was conferred with an Honourary Doctorate Degree in Humanities by Trinity Western University.
Saturday, January 26th – 6:15 p.m.
Darriel Menefee & the Pacific NW Mass Choir returns to Missions Fest to present a concert of Gospel music favourites. The choir is comprised of members from NW Washington and the Greater Vancouver area. They hold their practices at the Fairview Baptist Church in Vancouver.
Darriel Menefee gives direction to the choir. He is an accomplished pianist, lead vocalist, and is the Minister of Music at the New Life Baptist Church in Lacey, WA.
Sunday, January 28th – 2:00 p.m.
Anna Vandas and This Old Mountain is presented by WeMakeStuff, a fellowship of local Christian artists, musicians and innovators. Come to enjoy the beautiful voice of Anna Vandas and experience the bluegrass fun of This Old Mountain.
In November 2012, WeMakeStuff: Volume 01 was released — a book of 100 local artists & innovators who are exploring “the collision of art and faith”.