Letter of recommendation… thank you so much!

26 March 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter is written in support of Ms. Hannah Ford with respect to her ministry in music and worship.  I have had the opportunity and privilege to meet Hannah as well as to observe her ministry while providing pulpit supply at La Jolla Christian Fellowship where she is currently engaged as Worship Leader.

The first thing that one notes with respect to Ms. Ford is her musical ability and talent.  She is an extremely gifted musician in both the vocal area and the guitar.  I have purchased and listened to the three CD’s she has produced to date.  Almost all of the music on these are songs she has written.  I can attest to not only her exemplary skills as a recording artist, but also to her talent as a writer of contemporary Christian music.  Her music is well grounded in Scripture and arranged in a manner that is relevant and speaks well to all generations of contemporary culture.  I am very impressed by her stewardship of this God-given talent for the growth of the Kingdom of God.

Although her talent and use of that talent for the Kingdom is extraordinary, I am equally, if not more, impressed by her ministry as a worship leader in a local church.  Although I enjoy exercising my own gifts in preaching at any venue, I am always particularly excited to be invited back to La Jolla Christian Fellowship, simply for the joy of experiencing the worship service that she crafts and leads at the church.  Far too often, gifted and talented musicians can lapse into performance modes rather than leading the people of God in authentic worship of their Father and King.  Truly authentic worship engages the congregation in both these dimensions of God’s character.  Worship at La Jolla Christian Fellowship under her leadership consistently brings the participant into the intimacy of God as Father while maintaining the attitude of awe that should accompany our response to Him as King.

Ms. Hannah Ford is one of the most talented singers, writers, and all around performers that it has been my privilege to know.  However, it is more important to note that all of this is communicated in one of the most authentic personal expressions of Christianity I have experienced.  I highly recommend her with no reservation.

In Christ,

John R. Lillis, Ph.D.
Dean/Executive Officer
Bethel Seminary San Diego

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