Meet Shelby

shelby-mWhat is your role at Redemption Hill?
Music & Arts Director, Elder

What is your prayer / hope for Redemption Hill?

First, I thank God for the way he is building Redemption Hill, both generationally and racially. I thank God for not only the older saints he has placed in our midst, but the younger ones who stream in every week. I also thank God that He is building a racially diverse church where we can truly say, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28).” My prayer is that, similar to John’s glimpse of heaven in Revelation, Redemption Hill would be a place where every “nation” is assembled before the throne of God, offering up praise to the Lamb that was slain (Revelation 5:13; 7:9-10), and that those of us serving the congregation musically week in and week out would reflect the diversity of our congregation, both generationally and racially. I pray that the songs we sing, the scriptures we read and meditate on, and the communion we partake in each week, would make us stronger in Christ as we delight in and enjoy him more deeply. I pray that we would always consider it a privilege to draw near to God. To always grieve over our inconsistencies, broken promises, and powerful appetites for sin. Then, because of Christ, to always boldly sing about how, through His shed blood, He made it possible to draw near to God (Hebrews 4:14-16).

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

My wife is the greatest disciple I will ever make.

What are your favorite books and movies?

Books: Unceasing Worship: Biblical Perspectives on Worship and the Arts by Harold Best, Music through the Eyes of Faith by Harold Best, The Valley of Vision, Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice by Bryan Chappell, Psalms: The Prayerbook of the Bible by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and almost anything by James Rollins and Matthew Reilly.

Movies: The Prestige (and basically anything by Christopher Nolan), Wall-E, Knowing, Battlestar Galactica (the newer re-imagined series)

What are you listening to these days?
Mutemath’s Odd Soul, Kings Kaleidescope, Sojourn Music’s The Water and the Blood, Sam Phillips’ A Boot and A Shoe, John Mark McMillan’s Economy, Brahms’ Complete Symphonies.

What can you be caught doing on your day off?
Attending soccer games with my boys, and working in the yard.

What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I love Authentic Retro Ambient Music (Classical music), and I’m a snob about it. I’m also a comic book geek. I played in a rodeo band in college, and my favorite event was Wild Bovine Milking. I like to garden. I once wrote a marching band show entitled “The Wild World of Waterfowl.” My first job was at a McDonalds in a local mall. It was never busy, and when we weren’t seeing how long it would take the toys to melt on the grill, we were having battles with the “salad dressing” gun dispensers. I got to meet the Dalai Lama once. I never heard him say, “Gunga galunga… gunga, gunga-lagunga,” nor did he promise me total consciousness on my deathbed.

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