After a three-month national search, LifeJourney Church has selected its new Worship Arts Minister, Shellye Bradford! Shellye will begin September 8, after a two-week orientation period with Richard in late August.
In April, we posted our worship minister opening on several national church staffing sites, on our denominational site, with several schools of music, and within our congregation. Forty-five people requested applications. Sixteen submitted completed applications. Our Search Team conducted intensive face-to-face interviews with seven leading candidates. The Search Team consisted of Pastor Jeff, Todd Cox, and Genese Parker. Once the Search Team finished gathering information, it presented its data and recommendations to the full Board of Directors for review. The Board voted unanimously to select Shellye.
Although our search was national in scope and included a number of truly exceptional candidates, we ultimately concluded that the best person to help us grow the beauty and power of our worship was already right here among us. Many of you know and love Shellye. For the past five years, she has volunteered as a worship singer, choir member, choir leader, and gifted soloist. During our last worship minister transition, she was as our interim worship leader.
But there’s much more to Shellye than you may know! Before arriving at LifeJourney, she served as Worship Minister at Westlane Christian Church for 13 years. Like LifeJourney, Westlane has a deep commitment to multicultural worship. At Westlane, Shellye built two praise teams, grew their choir to 25 voices, grew a dance troupe to 30, selected and rehearsed soloists and ensembles, and produced many spiritual dramas – all while working with a congregation about half our size. When Shellye came out, the leadership of Westlane asked her to step down. That’s when she, her spouse Lynnette, and their children found LifeJourney.
As a young adult, Shellye also wrote and produced several musical dramas. One of her productions, “This Way? That Way? One Way!!,” toured for almost two years, received national recognition, and was turned into a sound track.
Shellye is deeply committed to helping us enhance the beauty and diversity of our worship, and to growing the number of gifted worship artists who participate. She loves all styles of music, from high church, to traditional, to gospel, to contemporary, etc. You’ll hear more about Shellye’s vision in the weeks ahead. Meanwhile, she’ll be working with Richard to create a smooth transition.
Welcome aboard Shellye! We can’t wait to see what the future holds…
Quick Facts About Shellye
- Incredible spiritual depth.
- 13 years of successful Worship Minister experience at Westlane Christian Church.
- Has written and produced a nationally-recognized spiritual musical and sound track.
- Dynamic choir leader.
- Incredible voice.
- A heart as big as the ocean!
- Married to Lynnette Pullen, and has four children.
- Shellye’s tenure begins September 8, after a two-week orientation period with Richard.
Keyboard Accompanist Posting
In our new worship era, Shellye will lead from the platform, which means we’ll need a gifted pianist to accompany worship – just like Richard did when Mark was here, and Jason did when Julie was here. Later this week, we will post a part-time accompanist position on our church website. The person who fills this position must be a gifted keyboardist, proficient sight reader, and comfortable playing a broad range of musical genres – including classical, gospel, contemporary, hymns, etc. The ability to play multiple instruments is a plus. If you know someone who might fit the bill, ask them to check out our website later this week. Help us spread word far and wide!