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Songs of Ascent

Over the years, Light Bearers has become associated with several talented musicians and songwriters. We’ve often daydreamed about a music tour that would be biblically grounded, of the highest musical quality, and evangelistically savvy. Those dreams have become reality. The first Songs of Ascent tour took place in the spring of 2011. We traveled all over California and featured a themed approach that included original songs by several young, spirited Adventist musicians, most of them being graduates of our ARISE discipleship program. Many of the concerts consisted of a speaker interweaving the gospel story through spoken word. We’re so thankful to Jesus for the blessings and success of the tour, which included more than 20 concerts and added 3000 miles to a very carefully packed mini-van. Christ was uplifted and hearts were moved by the gospel-centered music provided by the “musicianaries” (they are musicians and missionaries) that led those attending on the Eden to Eden journey through Scripture. Since the inaugural tour in 2011, Songs of Ascent has toured through the Pacific Northwest in 2012 and most recently in 2013 in the Mid-West and South East. Let the dreams continue!

2014 Concert Tour

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 concert tour of Matt and Josie Minikus, our in-house Songs of Ascent “musicianaries”. Their concerts will consist of songs that touch on relationships—how God relates to us and how we relate to others. Matt and Josie have a God-given talent of telling beautiful and transparent stories through song of God revealing His love for them despite their failures. Be sure to check them out on this West Coast tour and tell a friend!

See tour dates and locations below. . .

Musicianaries

ERIC & MONIQUE JOHNSON

The Australian couple got married in January 2008. That same year, while Eric served at two churches and Monique was a teacher, they realized that even while serving the Lord, they were caught up in materialism and mere cultural Christianity. In 2009, they went on a journey of learning to trust God while spending time as missionaries in Europe and as students at ARISE. This was an absolutely life-changing experience as God began the process of rebuilding them to be missionaries for Christ. Their debut album, Pilgrim, was released in 2011.
Three Cords
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JOSHUA & JACKIE CUNNINGHAM

Joshua, an Australian, spent 18 years traveling the globe with his band, The Waifs, playing in packed venues and winning music awards. Through many encounters and trials he gave his heart and musical talent to God. All the while, Jackie, also an extremely gifted musician, was on her own journey towards Jesus. In 2010, they met and God made it clear that these “musical soul mates” were meant to be together. They were wed in 2011. Now they share the gospel through music. Joshua’s first gospel album, Into Tomorrow, was released in 2011.
Walk Through This Valley
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ALISON BROOK

Alison’s recording debut was the song Jesus Little Lamb, which she sang on pitch at only two years old. 20 years later that voice matured into a vehicle for heavenly messages carried in her songs. She began touring during summer breaks to raise money to record her first album, No Words, which was released in 2009. More important and essential than her talent is Alison’s commitment to the gospel. Her personal life authenticates her message, which is the message of Jesus.
Confessions Of A Prodigal
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MATT & JOSIE MINIKUS

At 19, Matt dedicated his life and musical talents to God. He then traveled North America serving in youth ministries and public evangelism. In 2002, he met Josie while she was attending ARISE. During their five-year courtship, they served together in music ministry and Bible work and wed in 2008. They currently have a full-time music ministry, while also serving as deans at ARISE. Their first album, Prodigal: The Journey Home, was released in 2011.

2014 Tour Dates

Date Time Venue Location
Friday, January 24 6:00 PM Tabernacle Seventh-day Adventist Church Portland, Oregon
Saturday, January 25 7:00 PM Vancouver Community Church Vancouver, Washington
Wednesday, January 29 7:00 PM Arcata-McKinleyville SDA Church McKinleyville, California
Saturday, February 1 5:30 PM Sonora Seventh-day Adventist Church Sonora, California
Tuesday, February 4 5:30 PM Visalia SDA Church Visalia, California
Friday, February 7 11:00 AM Assembly Sierra View Junior Academy Exeter, California
Saturday, February 8 4:30 PM Fresno Central SDA Church Fresno, California
Sunday, February 9 7:00 PM San Jose Hispanic SDA Church San Jose, California
Wednesday, February 12 6:30 PM Lebanon Seventh-day Adventist Church Lebanon, Oregon
Friday, February 14 6:00 PM Woodburn SDA Church Woodburn, Oregon
Saturday, February 15 5:30 PM Romanian SDA Church Portland, Oregon
Friday, February 21 7:00 PM Walla Walla City Church Walla Walla, Washington
Saturday, February 22 5:00 PM Eastgate SDA Church Walla Walla, Washington
Sunday, February 23 6:00 PM Village SDA Church Walla Walla, Washington
Wednesday, March 5 7:00 PM Cottage Grove SDA Church Cottage Grove, Oregon
Friday, March 7 7:00 PM Salem Central SDA Church Salem, Oregon
Saturday, March 8 7:00 PM Hoodview Seventh-day Adventist Church Boring, Oregon
Wednesday, March 12 6:30 PM Fall Creek SDA Church Fall Creek, Oregon
Friday, March 21 5:30 PM Sutherlin Seventh-day Church Sutherlin, Oregon
Saturday, March 22 7:00 PM Eugene Seventh-day Adventist Church Eugene, Oregon
Friday, March 28 6:30 PM Roseburg SDA Church Roseburg, Oregon
Saturday, March 29 7:00 PM Grants Pass SDA Church Grants Pass, Oregon
Friday, April 11 11:00 AM Chapel Holbrook Academy Holbrook, Arizona
Saturday, April 12 6:30 PM Holbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church Holbrook, Arizona
Monday, April 14 8:30 AM Student Assembly La Vida Mission Crownpoint, New Mexico
Sunday, April 27 10:30 AM Church Service Concert Walanut Grove Baptist Church Council Bluffs, Iowa
Wednesday, April 30 6:30 PM Menomonie Seventh-day Adventist Church Menomonie, Wisconsin
Saturday, May 3 7:00 PM Lena Seventh-day Adventist Church Lena, Wisconsin
Sunday, May 4 6:00 PM Escanaba SDA Church Escanaba, Michigan
Wednesday, May 14 7:00 PM Lansing SDA Church Lansing, Michigan

2013 "PSALM 103" Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Wednesday, January 9 Council Bluffs Adventist Church Council Bluffs, Iowa
Friday, January 11 Golden Hills Adventist Church Bellevue, Nebraska
Sunday, January 13 First Congregational Church Council Bluffs, Iowa
Monday, January 14 College View Adventist Church Lincoln, Nebraska
Tuesday, January 15 Harlan Adventist Church Harlan, Iowa
Wednesday, January 16 Ottumwa Adventist Church Ottumwa, Iowa
Thursday, January 17 Glenwood Adventist Church Dawagiac, Michigan
Friday, January 18 House Concert Berrien Springs, Michigan
Friday, January 18 Pioneer Memorial Adventist Church Berrien Springs, Michigan
Saturday, January 19 Holland Adventist Church Holland, Michigan
Sunday, January 20 Mt. Pleasant Adventist Church Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Tuesday, January 22 Midland Adventist Church Midland, Michigan
Wednesday, January 23 Edenville Adventist Church Hope, Michigan
Friday, January 25 Cadillac United Methodist Church Cadillac, Michigan
Saturday, January 26 Traverse City Adventist Church Traverse City, Michigan
Sunday, January 27 Kalkaska Adventist Church Kalkaska, Michigan
Tuesday, January 29 Grand Haven Adventist Church Grand Haven, Michigan
Wednesday, January 30 Carmel Adventist Church Carmel, Indiana
Thursday, January 31 Indiana Academy Cicero, Indiana
Friday, February 1 Cicero Adventist Elementary Cicero, Indiana
Saturday, February 2 Cicero Adventist Church Cicero, Indiana
Saturday, February 9 Lexington Adventist Church Lexington, Kentucky
Sunday, February 10 Peace Point Chapel Sikeston, Missouri
Monday, February 11 Heritage Academy Monterey, Tennessee
Wednesday, February 13 Southern Adventist University Collegedale, Tennessee
Friday, February 15 House Concert Ooltewah, Tennessee
Saturday, February 16 Collegedale Adventist Church Collegedale, Tennessee
Saturday, February 16 Standifer Gap Adventist Church Chattanooga, Tennessee
Wednesday, February 20 Lakeland Adventist Church Lakeland, Florida
Saturday, February 23 Zephyrhills Adventist Church Zephyrhills, Florida
Wednesday, February 27 Lady Lake Adventist Church Lady Lake, Florida
Saturday, March 2 Columbia Adventist Church Lexington, South Carolina
Tuesday, March 5 Atholton Adventist Academy Columbia, Maryland
Friday, March 8 Spencerville Adventist Academy Spencerville, Maryland
Friday, March 8 Highland View Academy Hagerstown, Maryland
Saturday, March 9 Spencerville Adventist Church Silver Spring, Maryland
Saturday, March 9 REACH Philadelphia Worship Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sunday, March 10 House Concert Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Monday, March 11 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Silver Spring, Maryland