How Firm a Foundation
Danny and I grew up as brothers in a missionary family serving in Honduras and Chile, two Latin countries rich in musical heritage and culture. During our formative years abroad we learned to play a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, charango, and zampoña (pan flute), focusing mainly on guitar. As young adults we moved back to the United States in order to continue our education and attempt to determine a direction for our lives and how we could best serve God and his people. We ultimately settled in Springfield, Missouri, and during our years there became connected to Fair Grove Baptist Church (on Orchard Blvd) where we began serving as musicians. During the course of our research and work preparing the musical portion of weekly worship, we came into contact with hundreds of the best hymns which Christians through the centuries composed for the worship of God and the advancement of good character among God's people. As we became more familiar with these hymns and by faithful teaching gained an understanding of the significance of the overarching truths of God's word, we began to get a sense of the true value of a well-composed hymn and what strengthening effects a good song, rich in doctrinal content could have on the hearts and minds of our fellow believers. We also observed with sorrow the negative impact and damage that shallow, carelessly-written songs could have in the life of a church. So, with this stark contrast in mind, we set out to begin promoting the rediscovery of these ancient texts by setting them to new, fitting tunes designed to bring the words into focus. We were attending college at the time we began fitting hymns with our original melodies and were surprised by how many young people took interest in what we were doing. Sadly, many of those who heard us sing (at a Baptist seminary, mind you) were so unfamiliar with the great standard hymns of the faith that they asked us if we ourselves wrote the words to "O for a Thousand Tongues" and "How Firm a Foundation." Imagine that! So in the years that followed we began to slowly and determinedly steer our lives in a direction that would allow us to expose our brothers and sisters to the riches of grace contained in the vast body of Christian hymns. The response to our music around the world over the past few years has been very positive and has encouraged us in our hope of soon becoming a trusted resource for those in the Kingdom who are looking for pleasant, doctrinally rich, culturally diverse, and uncomplicated songs to enrich their journey through life. Our ultimate desire is that our music would serve to bring biblical truth to bear on the listener's mind in order to encourage godliness. We continue to serve as directors of worship at Fair Grove Baptist (on Orchard Blvd) in Fair Grove, Missouri. I, Steve, currently live in Springfield with my wife Marisha and have three children, Roma, Anessa, and Quincy. Danny also lives in Springfield with his wife Lauren.