Week 3 (June 21-27)
A veteran musician, composer and youth minister who has been featured at 7 World Youth Days, served as Emcee for ’05 ’07 ’09 and ’11 National Catholic Youth Conference, Emcee’d the last 6 Pro Life March youth rally’s and has been featured at numerous diocesan youth conventions/conferences. Steve’s easy, honest style of ministry is born from who he is: a committed witness to the life and love of Jesus Christ.
No matter if the song is deep and moving like Welcome Home or a driving anthem calling us to discipleship like Go Make A Difference; whether the event is in an arena with tens of thousands of people, a parish mission where hundreds participate, or a weekend youth retreat with only dozens gathered, there is a consistent awareness that Steve is not just a performer. His genuine and sincere desire to bring everyone to a closer relationship with the Lord is what gives each visit its own distinctive spiritual energy.
Teen Week (June 28 - July 3)
Ennie "Highway Man" Hickman is back for another Teen Week with us! Ennie is the founder and president of Adore Ministries, based in Houston. He and his wife Cana Hickman have traveled the country and abroad sharing the love of Christ with the Churched and Unchurched for over 15 years. Their heart is to expand quality ministry to the underserved youth and young adults in America.
We're excited to welcome newcomer Jonathan Alexander to The Pines! With 11 years of youth ministry experience, Franciscan University alum Jonathan is now the Vice President of Missions for Adore Ministries, serving the under served of Houston and nearby communities. His wife Sara is using her license in counseling to provide support and healing in these communities as well. Together, with their two girls (Bernadette & Gianna), this missionary family hopes to share the Gospel with every person they run across, no matter their economic status.
Week 5 (July 5-11)
He's ready for another hot summer, and you'll be sure to see him on the basketball court too!
Week 6 (July 12-18)
Matt "Snorlax" Lewis is coming back for his second summer at The Pines! Matt is a Worship Leader and Elementary Music teacher based in Austin, TX. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Matt currently leads worship for the Sunday evening Mass at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in the Diocese of Austin and helps out with their Life Teen program, too. He has traveled all over the Southern United states playing for the Life Teen and Edge Summer Camps, The Pines Catholic Camp, as well as other church events and retreats throughout Texas.
Matt can also be frequently seen playing bass and writing for NOVUM, a Catholic worship band based out of his hometown of Sugar Land, TX. He has a his rich appreciation for the Liturgy and traditional music, but still connects deeply with contemporary worship. Last summer, Matt finished writing and recording a demo of his own Mass setting, the Mass of Life, and hopes to get it published soon. Now he has plans to begin recording a solo EP this summer, featuring original songs based on his continual conversion and realization of the power of grace.
Week 7 (July 19-25)
Dante’s musical career started out like many other musicians from the bible belt of America, with a humble role in the church choir on Sunday mornings. Initially it was just a way to be more involved with his church and has since developed into a career, a ministry, and a passion. He has now been singing and performing praise and worship music for almost ten years.
Dante has been blessed to regularly lead worship at two prominent churches in Tulsa. He leads a contemporary, acoustic service at Kirk of the Hills Church on Sunday mornings and also leads a full band service on Sunday evenings at the Church of Saint Mary.
Week 8 (July 26 - August 1) & Week 9 (August 2-8)
This will be Ben "Redbeard" Walther's 5th year at The Pines!
Ben began writing songs while serving as a worship leader in college. His first album, Where I Want to Be, launched a season of traveling, giving band members a chance to share their story of hope in God’s abundant blessings. In 2008 he released a six-song EP in a collaborative effort with Robbie Seay of Sparrow Records and Matt Maher. Most recently, working with SpiritandSong.com, a division of OCP, and producer Tom Booth, Ben recorded Make Your Home In Me, a collection of seven new worship songs.