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Music Serving the Word Ministries has a core staff of musicians and artists who offer their talents to the glory of God.

    

Pianist-keyboardist Bob Ravenscroft is an accomplished jazz musician, composer, recording artist, and teacher. Most of Bob's recording activities have been in jazz trio and solo piano formats. Currently, he is concentrating his recording activities on the solo piano idiom and the Inner Journeys Trio. Both settings explore his love of free composition modalities. However, his newest venture in recording and performance has been in the presentation of "LoveSong" concerts which mix his reading of standard jazz lyrics and other related poetry with both straight-ahead and freestyle solo piano renderings. Bob also records devotionals for the ministry that combine music with readings from the works of leading Christian authors and biblical scholars in a program entitled “Morning Glories”.

An able and avid teacher, Bob has served on several university jazz studies faculties over the years. Additionally, he toured for a decade with the Christian ministry "Majesty."  Continuing his Christian ministry work, he now devotes much of his time performing with Music Serving the Word Ministries, which he founded.  Transcending mere performance, Bob is always in pursuit of that special place where, as he says, "music serves the Word." And his roots go even further back: Ancestor Thomas Ravenscroft composed "The Whole Book" of Psalms in 1621! 

Meaningful Scripture: 1Corinthians 13:13  "So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Most of Bob's recorded output, including recent recorded works, may be found by going to the following websites:

Bob serves with MSW in the following ministries --- check them out!

You can e-mail Bob at bob@musicservingtheword.org.

Bob Fabey serves as an associate minister and is an accomplished teacher, speaker, and pastor.

Before joining MSW in 2016, Bob was active in helping young people on college campuses, planting a new church, and cultivating overseas ministry partnerships.

He enjoys collaborating with others to see God’s purposes accomplished. Wherever Bob is, you will find him encouraging people in life and faith as well as writing to engage people’s minds and hearts. Bob has a passion for communicating Christ’s love with others – walking along-side Christians and non-Christians helping them to navigate life’s journey.

Bob became a follower of Christ while attending the University of Montana where he received his B.A. in History. Sensing a call to ministry, Bob and his bride Amy, moved to Canada where he obtained his Masters of Divinity degree.
 Whether inside or outside the church setting, Bob enjoys people of all ages and especially loves the opportunities that come with working with young people.

Bob and his wife Amy have two teenage children and live in Tempe, Arizona.

Meaningful Scripture: Galatians 2.20
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Read Bob's blog here:  http://bobfabey.blogspot.com/

Bob Fabey serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

Spiritual Care Ministries
Outreach to Teen Challenge (Phoenix)

​You can e-mail Bob at: bfabey@musicservingtheword.org

Richard Parrish joined MSW in 2006 and now serves the ministry as President and Director of Spiritual Care. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He received his training and certification as a spiritual director at North Park Theological Seminary. In May of 2015 he completed his supervision certification program, also from North Park. His first book, Hope For The Journey: Reflections of God’s Faithfulness was published in late 2015. Parrish’s ministry gifts have assisted a number of churches, in cross-denominational settings, where he served as lead pastor. In addition, Richard has worked with numerous national nonprofit ministries, assisting them in communications and media development. An ordained minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church, Parrish’s rich background (both in the business and religious arenas of life) has prepared him with valuable skills that are an asset to MSW and others.

His primary pastoral/leadership responsibilities focus on spiritual care. He encourages ongoing spiritual growth for MSW’s team and works to develop educational opportunities to inform others of the importance of spiritual practices that deepen one’s relationship with God. He is an active speaker, teacher, and author. Richard demonstrates a remarkable skill in communicating Scripture by combining a well-rounded understanding of the contextual and literary aspects of the text, along with offering practical application for those whose feet are planted in the 21st century. As a spiritual director, Richard also attends to the spiritual longing and needs of pastors and worship leaders of various Christian denominations.

Richard began asking questions about life, God, church, and faith when he was a young man. Over time, he found that Holy Scripture – both the Old and New Testaments – are a compass that keeps one oriented, even when they feel they are lost. “For me, life has a way of frequently disorienting me. Through my studies of the Testaments, I realize that Holy Scripture is not only a guide that points me in the way I should go, but also Scripture reveals God’s love demonstrated for me in the person of Jesus Christ – the Living Word! The Bible consistently points me to Jesus – the source for my conduct, faith, and hope.” Richard’s greatest joy is to meet people where they are and invite them to take the next step toward Christ. 

In his free time, Richard loves to golf, read, spend time with his three granddaughters and enjoys walking the beach with his wife, Vicki.

Meaningful Scripture: Matthew 22:37, 39b
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 

Read Richard's blog at:  http://richardparrish.net 

Richard serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Richard at richard@musicservingtheword.org

Expanding the mission and scope of Music Serving the Word Ministries is Director of Music Dwight Kilian. Dwight’s academic career started with earning a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University which led to instructing jazz bass at Hutchinson Community College, Bethel College, and WSU. His pursuit of a jazz bass career led to what he calls his “night schooling” in Denver, Colorado: For the next ten years, Dwight performed with local and national jazz musicians. In 1998, he relocated to Phoenix to perform as the bassist for the Boulders Resort. This move opened doors for him to expand his teaching career, including jazz bass and clinician work at Arizona State University, Glendale Community College, and Southwestern Christian College. Dwight has also offered instruction at numerous music camps in Arizona and throughout the United States and occasionally serves jazz festivals, such as the Essentially Ellington competition, as an adjudicator/clinician.

Dwight currently leads two groups of his own: Bass Pursuit and Bassically Fun Times. Additionally, he co-leads Bass x 2 + 1 with Vicki McDermitt and Todd Johnson. Throughout the years, Dwight has played with a Who's Who of famed jazz musicians, including Bob Florence, Benny Green, Sheila Jordan, Lee Konitz, Art Lande, Herbie Mann, Mark Murphy, Nicholas Payton, Marcus Printup, and Ernie Watts.

Back in 2004, Dwight was blessed to play with pianist Bob Ravenscroft at his home. God directed their first free form jam session, which surprisingly ended with an impromptu Ravenscroft-style church hymn. That hymn and Bob’s dream of how church music should always “Serve the Word” were the seeds that God grew into MSW as it is today. Dwight states:

“God is so good. I can’t believe the blessing I’ve been given to make music that prayerfully brings glory to God and invites others to Christ with the most gifted, creative, improvisational, servant-oriented, collective of Christian artists on the planet.”

As Music Director, Dwight develops collaborative opportunities with pastors and worship leaders, exploring how MSW can best serve their congregations with each MSW live event. He and the MSW team are continually seeking new ways for music and other art forms to “Serve God’s Word.” Dwight also enjoys his teaching role on MSW and Valley Jazz Cooperative educational workshops. 

Growing up in Russell, Kansas, Dwight played his first musical performances at St. John’s Lutheran Church. For five years, he was blessed to lead a contemporary service at All Saints Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado. Before becoming Executive Director for MSW (his initial appointment in this ministry), he spent five years co-leading the worship team at New Hope Covenant Church in Peoria, Arizona, with Vicki McDermitt. Says Dwight: “God’s perfect plan is an amazing journey for all of us. He started me in the church, gave me a passion for crazy improvisational music, and led me back to a ministry that uses all of these gifts to serve Him.”

Dwight focuses on living in the moment. He and his lovely bride Sandy have recently become empty nesters and now spend more time on trips with friends and family. Dwight loves boating and water sports, towing his daughter Kylie on an Air Chair or throwing his son Caleb and friends off of tubes. After ministry on Sundays in the fall and early winter, you will commonly find Dwight and his family decked out in orange attire, rooting for the Denver Broncos.

Meaningful Scripture: Matthew 22:37-39 NIV
Jesus replied: “ 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'

Dwight serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Dwight at dwight@musicservingtheword.org.

Mario Barnabe joined Music Serving the Word Ministries in 2007, following a twenty-year career in television production.  He holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Science in Mass Communication from San Diego State University.  He has produced over one hundred television programs for broadcast and cable, many of which were nationally distributed. 

As Director of Media, Mario produces MSW’s music videos, tutorials and promotional materials, and oversees the ministry’s website and social media outreach.   He pioneered MSW’s use of video at live events, and recently wrote and produced MSW’s immersive Christmas experience, “Incarnate.  Mario also acts in an executive and planning capacity with the rest of MSW’s leadership team.

Mario is a life-long Catholic who believes that visual media can play a powerful role in deepening faith.  He remembers, “I began shooting 8mm backyard movies when I was about 13-years-old, so it isn’t surprising that my career has remained focused on visual media.” Mario adds, “today, we have a very powerful tool for sharing the Gospel through visual stories distributed globally via the Internet.”

Mario lives in San Diego with his wife, Maria, and their three sons.  In his spare time, he likes to watch NHL hockey and classic movies, reading, running, and being outdoors with his family.

Meaningful Scripture:  John 1:14
“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”

Mario serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can email Mario at mario@musicservingtheword.org

See all of MSW's visual media on You Tube

Jan Sherman joined the Music Serving The Word Ministries team in 2009. As the Director of Administration, Jan demonstrates remarkable managerial and organizational gifts, and has impeccable customer service, communication, financial, and office management skills, proven by over 20 years of successful professional achievements.

Beyond the responsibility of the administrative office, Jan leads the Prayer Ministry at MSW. Her passion for prayer, and her ability to communicate the importance of prayer both personally and corporately is a blessing to our team, and now many are experiencing this powerful impact of prayer. Additionally Jan is a vocalist with MSW, and is familiar with the importance of music serving the Word of God. Her dream of ministering to those who are hurting became reality when she joined the MSW vocal trio in 2014, and has since participated in chapel services at Changing Lives Center alongside Vicki McDermitt and LuAnn Roberson.

The daughter of a pastor, Jan grew up in churches all her life. She is well acquainted with the spiritual and practical aspects of ministry. She has sung on multiple worship teams in various churches since 1985, and loves to invite others to worship alongside her. Jan’s grandmother had a wonderful relationship with God in a way that was incredibly deep. She would often take walks in the back woods of a small town in Vermont, and talk with God for hours. Jan’s mother followed suit in her walk with God. She often encouraged Jan to pray about everything. Because of this upbringing, Jan seeks God with her whole heart, spending hours each day listening to what God has to say. She can’t imagine a day without God’s leading and direction in her life. With prayer as an important part of Jan’s daily life, it became natural for her to lead MSW’s Prayer Ministry.

Jan plays the piano, and lives in Phoenix with her husband, Tim. She is a fan of football, NASCAR, and soccer, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, biking, and snowshoeing. 

Meaningful Scripture: Philippians 4:6  
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

Jan serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can email Jan at jan@musicservingtheword.org

After an extensive, rewarding career singing professionally in a variety of settings, Vicki McDermitt joined Music Serving the Word Ministries in 2012. As a student at Oral Roberts University pursuing a degree in Vocal Music Performance, she began singing professionally at local nightspots as well as with the college ministry rock band. Following college, Vicki performed in Ohio for two years before taking her own band on the road. Her group worked as a featured act in showrooms across the country and also toured as an opening act for other featured performers.

Settling for a time in Los Angeles, California, she worked as a sessions singer for both secular and sacred recording companies and was the featured act in local show rooms. Vicki worked in television, acting and providing vocals for music specials, as well as working behind the scenes for Corday Productions. After moving to Arizona, she was appointed worship leader at New Hope Covenant Church. Currently, Vicki continues to serve the local church community with her gospel trio Chirp, and she performs as a solo vocalist at local resorts and jazz venues. She has had the pleasure of working with some of the country’s finest musicians including Rusty Bryant, Tommy Crook, Bill Mason, Russell Schmidt, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, and Ralph Carmichael of Lexicon Music. Vicki has released a jazz CD, Jazz For The Soul, and two gospel CDs, I Go To The Rock and Blessed. Most recently, her group Bass x 2 + 1 released their debut recording, Hymns 101.

As MSW’s Coordinator of Outreach, Vicki constantly searches for the places that God would have us serve. MSW is committed to offering music that serves God’s word. But more than that, this ministry is committed to leaving a footprint of justice and mercy wherever it goes, sending different groups out to local organizations that reach the homeless, addicted, and lost for Christ, such as Teen Challenge, Changing Lives Center, and Phoenix Rescue Mission, offering bible study, music, and encouragement to brothers and sisters who are struggling.

Another important component of the Outreach Ministry is a program bringing humanitarian aid to Belarus. MSW and its friends and partners have helped build a church, provided computers, and donated practical items such pots and pans, washers and dryers, and clothing, for orphanages and shelters all over the country.

Vicki grew up attending a small Southern Baptist church in Columbus, Ohio. She says, “I was fortunate to learn of God’s grace at a young age, and always knew that my mission would be to remind people of His relentless love and mercy. I’m happy to be part of a ministry that uses music to bring people closer to God because I believe all music was created by God to bring Him praise and to bring us joy. And I’ve learned that music will often touch the heart when nothing else can.” Vicki concludes, “As a singer for MSW, I, with my ministry colleagues, vocally support the events we create to reach out to the church and our community.

Vicki lives in Glendale with her husband, Pastor Richard Parrish. She loves to build and rebuild things in her spare time.

Meaningful Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. 

Vicki has a personal website highlighting her music and her faith:  www.vickimcdermitt.com

Vicki serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Vicki at vicki@musicservingtheword.org.

Russell Schmidt joined Music Serving the Word Ministries in 2014, following a distinguished career in academia. After earning two degrees from the Eastman School of Music, he went on to hold faculty appointments at Bowling Green State University, Eastman, UNC-Asheville, and, most recently, the University of Utah, where he served as Director of Jazz Studies. As a pianist, Russell has been privileged to perform with such jazz artists as Carl Allen, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Paul Ferguson, Tim Hagans, John Hollenbeck, Gerry Mulligan, Eric Person, Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, and Frank Vignola, and has served as a keyboard soloist with more than 30 professional orchestras, including performances with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

As the Coordinator of Education, Russell has been developing workshops and curricula in various formats, intended to foster continued growth in worship leaders, church musicians, and other artists who help shape the worship experience of congregations. MSW offers online resources, local lessons and clinics, and ongoing partnerships with nationally recognized, accredited seminaries to realize its long-term goals in education, including a strong focus on improving the integration of music and other art forms in worship. Most recently, Russell has created and developed MSW’s new educational initiative, the Valley Jazz Cooperative, a more secular program for area teens emphasizing instruction in improvised arts. And as a performer, arranger, and transcriptionist for MSW, he supports ministry activities such as Servant Song and events at Phoenix Rescue Mission and Teen Challenge.

Growing up, Russell attended a United Methodist church in a small town in upstate New York. A number of years ago in that same church, he heard his father eulogized by a former minister as “the most Christ-like individual” he had ever come across. “That got me to understand more fully”, says Russell, “that faith isn’t about a couple hours of commitment in a church each week. Faith is truly revealed by how one walks the walk every waking moment. And I was blessed by the heavenly Father with an earthly father who was as good a role model in discipleship as I could ever hope to know. With that realization in mind, my transition from a secular professional life into this ministry has felt like a natural progression.”

Russell lives in Ahwatukee with his wife, Nancy, and their two children. In his spare time, he likes to watch auto racing and keep connected with friends, both in person and through social media. He also enjoys developing his artistic skills in non-musical areas, as with digital image manipulation.

Meaningful Scripture: Matthew 5:8-9
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Russ serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Russell at russ@musicservingtheword.org

Chuck Marohnic's career spans more than four decades as a respected pianist, educator, author, director, composer, and arranger. His numerous recordings, instructional books, and collections of arrangements have taken him from the classroom as Emeritus Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University to Music Serving the Word Ministries.

Chuck's current work for MSW is the creation of the Psalms Reborn project. His practice of the ancient meditation technique of Lectio Divina has led him to share the beauty of God's Word through the Book of Psalms composed, arranged, and performed in the language of modern music. In the true spirit of Music Serving the Word, Psalms Reborn has become a resource for not only today's church but the church of tomorrow.

Chuck is instrumental in the development of ear-opening new workshops for church musicians. A widely published author, his latest book/CD is Jazz in the Sanctuary: Sing/Play Along.


Chuck lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Mary Ann. Between the two of them, they have three grown children.

Meaningful Scripture: John 15:5
"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

Read Chuck's blog at http://discussions.chuckmarohnic.com

Chuck serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Chuck at chuck@musicservingtheword.org.

A graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Music, Rob Moore has been working as a free-lance professional drummer in the Metro-Phoenix area for the past 18 years. His work experience also includes stints with Yamaha Pro-Audio and the Apple Store. More recently, Rob served as Adjunct Faculty at Scottsdale Community College where he taught drum set and directed small jazz ensembles. 

Rob is MSW’s resident audio engineer and drummer for live events and various recording projects. He also enjoys a close collaboration with Caleb Kilian and the Visual Media area, developing the innovative electronic music score for Incarnate. Additionally, Rob and Caleb have co-founded the new ministry initiative MIDI Fortress, using leading-edge technology and music to help younger audiences explore their faith.

Rob grew up in the Catholic Church but also attended Bible study regularly with his father at Calvary Community Church where he continued to strengthen his faith by learning about the love, grace and forgiveness that Jesus extends to us all. Rob will be forever grateful to have shared those experiences with his father before he passed away in 1995.

Rob lives in Phoenix with his wife, Marna, and his two young children, Nadia and Alex. He loves spending time with his family, finding parenthood to be a deeply challenging, yet exceptionally rewarding experience. 

In his spare time, Rob loves to learn about sound design and in particular sound synthesis. Recently he's developed a passion for analog synthesizers and enjoys spending time creating expressive patches/programs for them. 

Meaningful Scripture: Matthew 22:37
Jesus replied “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Meaningful Scripture: Psalm 150
Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with timbrel and dancing, praise Him with the strings and pipe, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.

Says Rob: “Because I believe we should love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind…one of the ways I do that is by praising Him with the drums and cymbals.”  

Rob serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Rob at rob@musicservingtheword.org

Vocalist Charles Johnson, along with Music Serving the Word Ministries founder Bob Ravenscroft, conceived the concept of music that serves the Word following many conversations shared during ten years of traveling together, presenting improvisational programs based on favorite hymns to congregations across the U.S.

Charles began formal vocal study in Chicago, Illinois, at the age of seven when Arthur Silhan, a member of the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorus and music director of the Lutheran church he attended, convinced Charles’ parents of his special talents and the necessity to train his exceptional voice.

At age 15, during his second year of high school, Charles became Director of Music at a local Presbyterian church. This began a choral directing career serving Presbyterian, Methodist, Disciples of Christ, Roman Catholic, and Lutheran churches that lasted over forty years.

Charles joined the Lyric Opera of Chicago chorus while still a senior in high school. He later went on to enjoy a fulfilling operatic solo career. Meanwhile, Charles attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago where he continued his vocal study under Theodore Harrison. He then went on to further vocal training with the great Romanian tenor, Dimitri Onofrei.

Following a move to Nashville, Tennessee, Charles joined The Four Guys, who were stars of the Grand Ole Opry. The quartet had been asked to open for Hank Williams, Jr., on his road show. Touring with that show for over two years, the “Guys” combined their rigid road schedule with their regular Grand Ole Opry performances.

In the ensuing years, Charles’ vocal skill and interpretive versatility allowed him to pursue his interests in many facets of music: from the operatic stage to the showrooms of Las Vegas, Nevada, from leading nightclubs across the country to the concert stage and into the music business as well. Charles is the co-founder of Limeliters, one of Nashville’s most successful talent agencies.

Throughout his life, Charles has been encouraged by pastors, nuns, priests, vocal teachers, and friends to continue to use the voice with which he has been blessed, to God’s glory through contemporary and classical sacred music, centered on Scripture that leans upon faith’s heritage and lifts the human spirit.

Charles lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, Patricia. They are active sailors and skiers.

Meaningful Scripture: Psalm 46:10  
Be still and know that I am God.

Meaningful Scripture: Luke 17:21 
For behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Meaningful Scripture: Micah 6:8 
And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.

Charles serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can e-mail Charles at charles@musicservingtheword.org

Caleb Kilian joined Music Serving the Word Ministries as Interactive Designer and Media Specialist upon his 2013 graduation from Arizona State University. At ASU, Caleb earned a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Culture degree with a concentration in interactive audio/visual systems.

As a multi-media artist, Caleb has been developing performance projects that explore the relationship between visual media and sound. Caleb’s first major project, Genesis, explored the relationship between movement and sound. The project used the physical movement of a dancer’s body to generate the musical elements she then danced to. This project developed a simple, intuitive, and elegant relationship between the dancer and her sound bed, thus making a deeper and more meaningful experience for both the performer and the audience. Caleb’s latest project, Incarnate, is a fully immersive experience that takes audiences on a journey to reveal the true meaning of Christmas. He continues to develop visual content for MSW activities such as Lovesong with Bob Ravenscroft and Servant Song. Additionally, Caleb and Rob Moore have co-founded a new ministry initiative called MIDI Fortress, exploring ways leading-edge technology and music can be used to invite younger audiences to a life in Christ. In 2015, Caleb also worked closely with Rob to develop the MSW video tutorial series “Live Sound for Worship”.

Caleb started his Christian walk at a small Lutheran Church in Aurora, Colorado, and has continued on that walk to this day. He has been a life-long Christian but says that he never truly understood the depth of God’s love until he had to work though his grandmother’s passing. Caleb states: “I was so angry with God when my grandmother passed away, but I saw the peace that God brought me and my family in the days after. I felt like He had His arms around me, walking me through that whole experience.” Caleb hopes that through his God-given artistic vision he can help show others the magnitude of God’s love.

Caleb lives in Tempe. He enjoys being a part of the Phoenix arts community. He is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and loves to play fantasy football. He also likes water sports and other activities that keep him outside.

Meaningful Scripture: 1 Peter 2:24 
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

Caleb serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

​You can email Caleb at caleb@musicservingtheword.org

LuAnn Roberson, brings a wide range of gifts and talents to Music Serving the Word.  Currently serving as a Spiritual Director, she draws from her vast experience and credentials to support her focus on the care of both body and soul. Her years of service in the church and community settings include retreat worship leading, discipleship, mentoring, counseling, and lay chaplaincy. After receiving her degree in Nursing from Arizona State University, she has spent many years caring for the critically ill, the elderly, and those with breast cancer. She holds multiple certifications in Christian Counseling, Hope Coaching, Crisis Care, Critical and Neurological Nursing, and Breast Care Navigation.  

You will find LuAnn serving in music, outreach, and spiritual care at MSW. As Associate Minister in Spiritual Care, LuAnn is assisting in the development of the spiritual care branch of Music Serving the Word and offers Spiritual Direction through the ministry.

She is an avid member of the MSW vocal trio “Chirp”, making harmonies and ministering in churches, at retreats, and other events. LuAnn is passionate about MSW’s outreach to the women of the Changing Lives Center, a part of Phoenix Rescue Mission, where the MSW team comes alongside women offering song and soul care.

“I am grateful for the combination of Catholic and Evangelical influence in my spiritual life; for the reverence and respect for the holiness of God, and for the in-depth Bible teaching I have received,” she says. “Yet the most amazing thing to me is that the God who made the universe – the world and everything in it – loves me and His desire is to be with me as I walk this life’s journey. To experience for myself and then share the love of God with others by accompanying them along the road is a lifelong privilege.  And to give God honor through the gift of music that serves His Word is the icing on the cake!”

LuAnn is a Flagstaff native, now living in Scottsdale with her husband, Mike. They have two daughters and three formerly homeless dogs. She enjoys coffee with a friend, exploring epitaphs in old cemeteries, and cooking without recipes.

Meaningful Scripture: Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and He helps me. My heart leaps for joy and with my song I praise Him..

LuAnn serves with MSW in the following ministries - check them out!

You can contact LuAnn by email luann@musicservingtheword.org

Larissa Johnson joined Music Serving the Word Ministries in 2014, following a career in the real estate industry in Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a member services specialist for the local real estate associations. As part of her responsibilities, she worked as a liaison between the local, state, and national associations. Prior to her career in the real estate industry, she was a horse trainer and managed several barns/ranches in both Texas and Oklahoma. She studied at Hocking College with a major in Natural Resources and a minor in Backcountry Horsemanship.

As Executive Assistant, Larissa provides support to the ministry directors, helping to advance MSW's mission. She works most closely with MSW's President and Director of Administration, assisting in event planning and communication, calendar and project management, and data entry. Additionally, she participates in the ministry to the women of the Changing Lives Center.

Larissa is the daughter of an ELCA Lutheran Minister. The church has quite literally been a second home and family for her. Growing up she was actively involved in the church youth groups, mission trips, and day camps. As an adult she continues to be an active member and volunteer of her church. She currently serves as an assistant to the Ministry of Music Director. "I have been blessed with amazing role models, in both my parents, who have truly taught me by example, what it means to be a disciple of God. I strongly believe in the importance of bringing God's grace to others."

Larissa lives in Carefree with her daughter. While most of her spare time is spent with her daughter outdoors, she also enjoys a good book, watching movies, scrapbooking, and horseback riding. 

Meaningful Scripture: Isaiah 41:9-10
"You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off; do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand."

Meaningful Scripture: Colossians 3:23
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

Larissa serves with MSW in the following ministries ... Check them out!

You can contact Larissa by email larissa@musicservingtheword.org

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