Lonnie Carver, Elder, Pastoral Leadership Council Team,Worship Leader, and Technical Director at Tellico Lake Church in Madisonville, Tennessee
Playing on the bar band circuit had gotten old for Lonnie Carver long before he became involved in music ministry. Lonnie had been playing professionally in all sorts of bands since his teenage years. His sonorous baritone voice was well suited to many styles of music and he was always in demand as a frontman. He not only sang well, but also had a charismatic stage presence. But in the tough business of music the unfortunate fact is that the usual venue for bands are the bars and lounges.
Lonnie Carver graciously offered the following interview.How and when did you get called to do music ministry?
To put an exact time and date is difficult. I believe that God was working on me over several years. Once I made the commitment to use my talent to honor Him, He began to open doors in a very rapid way. In the spring of 2004 I was finally given an opportunity to play with the praise team at the church I was attending. Through a series of circumstances, I began leading worship because no one else was available. This led to playing with the Kermit Easterling Band a contemporary Christian group (kermiteasterling.com). As things progressed it became obvious to me and others around me that God intended for me to step into music ministry on a full time basis.
How do you decide what songs to sing each service?
Are any of your worship team members professional musicians like you?
Are there any Christian artists or songwriters that you particularly admire?
You have been a professional musician most of you life. How do you reconcile your professional music life with your role as a worship leader?
Do you think you are now at the point where God wants you to be, or do you think bigger aspirations lie ahead?
You can see a Youtube video where Lonnie is playing flute with the Kermit Easterling Band.
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