Pastor Eddie is originally from Oregon but moved to Billings in 1992 after working at Clydehurst Christian Ranch and meeting his future wife, Jane. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible and Montana State University Billings, graduating with a degree in Education and minors in Music and French.
For many years, Eddie was a member of the band, Pivitplex, as a guitar player. He joined our staff in 2012 as Worship Pastor. He and Jane have 2 children, Alli and Tait.
Eddie loves music, the outdoors, sports, cars and hanging out with friends.
Read this introduction to the next 21 days and come back tomorrow for day one! If you prefer to receive a daily text containing a link to the devotions, click here for instructions.
I have to say, at the outset of this exercise I thought to myself, “what an interesting process, shouldn’t take long.” Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them. Needless to say, I was humbled. However, the process was an awesome one. Very introspective. It gave me a process to flush out some of my core beliefs about worship. It made me focus on what is essential in living out our lives as worship to God, from a biblical standpoint and in a demonstrative way.
Music has always been a huge part of who I am. It was my creative outlet and something I was passionate about. Combine that with something I was even more passionate about, my love for God and His truth, worship was definitely my calling.
I started playing music with my dad in grade school and later became a guitarist in a signed Christian band which coupled two things I was passionate about, God and music. However, in 2003, my world changed with the adoption of our first child. I was missing many firsts with my daughter that I couldn’t rectify within my soul. Even for something that I thought God had called and developed me to do. Lo and behold, He had a different direction for my life. I remember our band decided to lead worship sets at churches on occasion, very different from our norm of playing concerts. It was at this time while God was doing a work in me, I was begging the question why? Why lead me this far and then shut the door on such a big part of my life? As we were leading worship at one of these churches, God stirred something in my soul and my eyes filled with tears. I knew where He was leading me—to become a Worship Pastor. From there God’s plan was revealed to me quite plainly. Well, the rest is history. I’ve been doing it for years now and I love it. I love ministry.
Here is my hope for you as a reader of this devotional series. Worship is not just the songs we sing in Church on Sunday. It’s about living a life that exemplifies Christ. That is worship. Matthew 5:16 says,
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Worship is so much more encompassing than our songs. Singing is our outward expression of honoring God, in which He receives the glory and we receive the joy.
I hope you enjoy this devotional but for me, it was truly a growing experience. I just hope it encourages you and maybe even stirs a thought process for you as you read.
With each daily devotional I tried to include a song that would help solidify what I was trying to communicate. Something for all you music nerds. You should be able to hear these songs on either YouTube, iTunes or something of that nature.
Hope you enjoy…