Brently Groshong would be the last person to consider himself a pioneer in the area of worship.
Yet, he has spent most of his life leading people to experience the very real presence of God. Brently believes now more than ever the deep hunger and unquenchable thirst this world has for God. And more than anything else, he believes that he was born to do just this.
If you were to ask Brently what his main focus is, he would tell you, “to connect people with Jesus Christ”. Most of the time it means leading worship and equipping musicians in hands-on laboratories at places such as First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where he has been the Director of Music for more than 10 years. At other times it means sitting down one on one with a young worship leader who needs encouragement. Still other times, it is preparing for the large conferences or crusades here and abroad where thousands will have the opportunity to come face to face with the Creator.
“It's not about a band or a concert. It's about a lifestyle and relating to God. It's about bringing people into the presence of God, which is a lot different than just going to church,” Brently said. “It's about affecting the culture outside of the church walls. Once you've been in the presence of God, you're changed, forever, and that's something you take with you, every day, everywhere. When someone looks at you, they know that something is different. You can only respond by saying, ‘I've been in the presence of God.’”
After high school, Brently attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, but left Western after his freshman year due to a football injury. Nonetheless, he contends that most of his education came at his father's woodshed in Whitefish, Montana. He remembers fondly the day when he was 13-years old and his father put a bass guitar in his hands. “We went to the basement of our house, which had water on the floor from a heavy storm that had moved through the area. We sat on two stools, and he said, ’You’ve heard the bass guitar on the radio. Play it.’”
Since that time, Brently has been a serious student of music and of God. Brently spent his teen years honing his guitar and bass skills with Christian Praise and Worship music from the 70s and 80s, during the development of contemporary Christian music. At 17, he joined his first Christian rock band, Liberty, whose first concert was opening for Steve Archer and the Archers at the Whidbey Island State Fair in Washington. During the next few years, he played in bands, touring, recording, and leading worship in churches before stepping into his first pastorate some 20 years ago.
As a result of his passion and dedication to his craft, he has been invited to be a part of churches, worship teams, productions, conferences, and crusades in the United States and all over the world. Brently considers himself a musicianary, a missionary who takes the gospel through music to different parts of the world. To date, he has been a part of more than 12 large conferences and crusades in 9 countries.
One of his greatest joys has been mentoring musicians and worship leaders and churches, knowing that when it is their time, they will follow God’s lead to explore new frontiers of their own.
Brently and his wife, Kat, have two children, Ashlyn and Ren, and they live in an old blue house on a hill in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.
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