Co-Host and CO-OWNER of Apostles that Rock
Music has been a love and passion of mine pretty much my whole life. When I was 4 years old, my parents gave me a small AM/FM radio for my birthday. Upon receiving it, I began scrolling up and down the dial listening to the wide varieties of music and personalities that were there. It wasn't soon that I began imitating the radio DJ's and putting on my own radio shows. It was then I knew that when I grew up I wanted to pursue a radio career. I also knew at a young age that I was called to youth ministry.
So, when I went to college that was what I majored in. Youth Ministry and Radio Communications. After being promised a full functioning radio station at the college and finding that it was not in operation, my freshman year, I rebuilt the radio from the ground up and by my senior year, it was the most popular and most listen to college radio station in the area. During that time, I hosted my own show featuring the most diverse and ground breaking music around. I did interviews with the biggest names in the industry, had give always, in studio performances and had the number one rated Christian show in the area. God had given me a gift for discerning talent and finding that "it factor" in people that others didn't always recognize. Upon graduation, I became a full-time youth director and for over a decade, I ministered to local youth in the New Jersey area. When I got married, full time youth ministry became more of a struggle and my wife and I decided to take our ministry focus in a new direction.
That's where Kindred Concerts was born, combining my love of music and knowledge of bands with outreach to youth and the community on a smaller scale. I found kids wouldn't necessarily step into the four walls of the church but would come to a fun event like a concert or block party. I soon began partnering with local bands and artists to host monthly outreach convert events under the name of the Resistance where we used music and fun to share the gospel.
The idea for the kindred award came to me as a way of honoring the local musicians and artists that work day in and day out at their craft, creating amazing music and lyrics for the kingdom that many times went unnoticed or unappreciated. I found they had so much to offer but many times, didn't have a venue or outlet to shine.
It is my hope that through Kindred and the Kindred awards that I can provide a platform for local artists and musicians to gain the exposure they need and deserve; For people to discover their talents, to forge connections in the local community between the bands and the local churches and institutions, and to help them achieve their ministry goals and aspirations through my many years of music industry experience.