- Alan Hirsch
Lutheran Hour Ministries’ biennial Outreach Conference energetically empowers Christians, in particular LCMS members and workers, to engage in a lifestyle of living out, and speaking out, the Gospel of Jesus. The conference is a gathering of people that desire to see the Gospel shared in their communities and around the world, and be witness to the Holy Spirit breathing new life into the lost. It’s a venue where church workers and laity, who have the desire to see their congregations grow, can come learn, network and worship together. It will create a momentum and a passion amongst attendees for evangelism in their communities and support evangelism efforts around the world.
Pastor Larry Callahan and the Detroit-based Selected of God Choir have been together for more than 12 years, bridging the gap of hopelessness, unemployment, and economic downturn with the love of God and song. With some 22 singers, the choir has traveled throughout the United States and Canada ministering the Gospel, the Good News of Christ. The notoriety gained from their exposure in the 2011 Chrysler 200 commercial with Eminem garnered them countless opportunities in television and film, and now the choir has released their third compact disc, The Evolution II, as the premier artists on Sing2Praise Records. The choir is also a three-time winner in Verizon’s How Sweet the Sound choir competition.
The Erin Bode Group creates music forged from the Americana of its members’ midwestern roots, infused with jazz grooves and made magic by Bode’s bell-like voice. Sophisticated arrangements and attention to phrasing, both vocal and instrumental, further distinguish the band’s fresh sound. Their most recent release, Photograph, was released in November 2010. In addition to Erin as the group’s singer/composer, the group also includes pianist Adam Maness, drummer Derrek Phillips, and bassist Syd Rodway, Bode’s husband. Erin, the youngest of four children born to a Lutheran pastor, has opened for high profile musicians such as Jamie Cullum, Michael Buble, and Chris Botto, and her talent and appeal has been lauded in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, JazzTimes, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and many other major publications.
Our Savior Worship Band performs at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Led by Matt Benge, the band is comprised of lay musicians, recording artists, touring players and songwriters. Working with Trinity/HOPE—a Tennessee-based program dedicated to feeding Haitians—significant proceeds from the band’s CD, “Hope Restored,” go toward feeding Haitian students in Christian schools. It was at Auburn University where Benge began leading worship music. As worship leader he has served at Trinity Lutheran Church in Auburn, Alabama; St. Paul Lutheran Church in Montgomery; Word of Life Fellowship in Schertz, Texas; and Concordia Lutheran Church in San Antonio.