Singer-songwriter Shawn McDonald has taken a bolder approach in his latest album.
And one result: the title song, “We Are Brave,” became the veteran artist’s first No. 1 Christian radio hit.
Ever since his acoustic-driven break out hit “Gravity” nearly 10 years ago, the artist has occasionally surfaced with new material, mixed in with a couple of live projects.
“Brave” carries more “electronic” effects than his early work. Some of the songs were produced by David Garcia, providing a more pop-influenced sound for McDonald.
For Colleen Geisel, new executive director of Alpha Women’s Center of Grand Rapids, this is a revisioning time at the center. She and the staff are narrowing their vision to not duplicate services available at other organizations, adding services not being offered elsewhere, and discovering which things they do well.
“We’re in a position to grow exponentially thanks to our facility and our location,” said Geisel, who has been director for three months. She and her family returned to Grand Rapids after 12 years working and serving in Asia.
“I had no intention of taking the job, but I walked into the building and the Spirit of God was in this place. I could not leave,” she said. “God called me into ministry in 1991 at Calvary Church and he won’t let me do anything else.”
Marie Elzinga, music coordinator at Pathway Church, doesn’t have to go far to report to the church pastor.
Steve Elzinga, Pathway’s lead pastor, is also her husband.
“We communicate about what he has planned for the following week and I help make sure we gets things done,” said Marie about her worship responsibilities.
Among those are selecting and preparing music – transposing chords and writing lead sheets for worship team members – planning the weekly rehearsal and making sure everyone is “on the same page.”
Pathway has a single Sunday morning worship, in generally a blended style.