Music Ministry exists to serve the local church in helping churches, leadership teams and individuals to serve God with the gifts he has given them in music. We value this ministry because Colossians 3:16 shows us it is a ministry of God’s Word, to build up his church.
The conferences serve to teach existing church musicians both theologically and practically to be more effective in the local church.
The training/apprenticeships serve those looking to serve full or part-time on a staff team in a local church, or those already doing so.
why music ministry?
-because we believe that Colossians 3:16 is true and music plays a critical roll within God’s church, helping us let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly.
-because we believe that music ministry has lacked priority within many local churches for a long time and needs to be encouraged, developed and grown to help God’s people ‘Rejoice in the Lord’ and be filled with ‘an inexpressible and glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8)’.
-because we believe music is such an important part of todays society. To reach this nation with the gospel, the music of the local church needs not to be a stumbling block to hearing the good news of Jesus but rather a tool.
who are we?
Andy Fenton – Andy is currently the minister of Christ Church Earlsfield. He leads the ‘Music Ministry’ team and has also led the music at a number of conferences such as London Men’s & Women’s Conventions, Keswick Convention, Bible by the Beach and numerous youth conferences. (www.andyfenton.com) He is married and has two sons.
Andrew McKenna – Andrew serves as Associate Minister at ChristChurch Banstead where he oversees the music ministry. He holds an MA degree in Theology where his work focused on the biblical theology of singing. He loves to teach and train church musicians and to help congregations value the sung word of God. Andrew is married to Ruth and they have two sons.
Philip Percival – Philip is the Music Director at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, and helps run Emu Music in the UK and Australia. He is passionate about seeing Church musicians trained well and teaches the Bible and practical skills at conferences and seminars in the UK and abroad. He also writes songs, and is perhaps best known for We Are His People and the music for Consider Christ and Never Alone. Philip has a lovely wife, Kate, and three great kids.
Richard Simpkin – Richard is married to Philly, and they have two young boys, Ollie and Charlie. Richard’s musical training was as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral, music scholar at Eton College and organ scholar at Lichfield Cathedral and Cambridge University. After a short spell of finding out that teaching wasn’t his strongest skill at Felsted School, and after being turned down for training in the Church of England, he was appointed as music co-ordinator of St Helen’s Bishopsgate in the City of London in 1995, where he has been ever since. He writes a monthly column, ‘The Music Exchange’ in Evangelicals Now. Football team? Hednesford Town, of course.
Andrew Towner – Andrew Towner serves as a Vicar in Carlisle, having worked previously at Christ Church Mayfair and Christ Church Beckenham. Andrew has a passion for encouraging and equipping others by teaching and training, has completed a MTh majoring on the Psalms and is currently doing research on John Newton’s pastoral counselling. He is married to Katie, and they have three young children: Jonathan, Joshua and Naomi.
Richard Powell – Richard oversees the music at Emmanuel Bristol. He was an organ scholar in Cambridge, spent nine years as assistant director of music at Emmanuel Wimbledon, two years on the Cornhill Training Course and six years as full-time director of music at St Andrew the Great Cambridge. He moved to Bristol in 2007. He is married to Helen and has two teenage sons. He is especially interested in encouraging worship leaders to see themselves as word ministers and to choose songs that serve the preaching.