In worship services at LifeJourney Church today, June 24, Pastor Jeff announced that Richard Ramsey will serve as LifeJourney Church’s new Worship Arts Minister. Pastor Jeff said, “I am so excited, my heart could burst! God has blessed us with one of America’s most gifted and successful worship artists — and that is not an exaggeration.”
Richard comes to LifeJourney Church with a track record of helping dynamic churches grow the power of their worship. He served as Senior Director of Worship at Grace Community Church, Noblesville, Indiana, at a time when they grew to become one of central Indiana’s largest congregations. From there Richard moved to another innovative Indiana congregation, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, where he ministered as Creative Director and Worship Leader. Currently, Richard is at an historic church in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sardis Presbyterian Church. In between these roles, early in his career, Richard also traveled with, and played piano for, legendary Christian recording artist Sandi Patty.
As we talked to congregations where Richard has ministered, the same themes were echoed again and again. He excels at leading worship and helping congregations experience the presence of God. He is an incredibly outgoing guy who really loves people. He is a stunning musician. He is creative and open to diverse worship styles.
In the eyes of some, Richard is making an unusual move. He is serving, and has served, in grander settings. But Richard can’t say no to the call he feels to come to LifeJourney Church. During a brief transition period in his life a few years ago, he had the opportunity to work behind the scenes as a part-time accompanist at LifeJourney and became thoroughly familiar with us. He knows us well and is passionate about our vision and potential. He believes God wants to use churches like ours — centered on Christ, serious about the Bible, and genuinely open to all — to create a new model for how church is done in the future.
Richard said, “It’s been so exciting the work God has done through the church so far. I’m thrilled I get to be a part of this next chapter as we experience God together in fresh and new ways. ‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard’ all that God can do through LifeJourney Church!”
And so we begin a new era at LifeJourney. Richard’s commitment is to help us take our worship to the next level. His tenure will begin August 1, and we can’t wait! Thank you, God, for answering our prayers during this worship search.