Brently Groshong is a worship leader and songwriter. He would never consider himself a pioneer in the area of worship because he looks to the those who walked this path before him as examples of great faith and perseverance.
Brently carries with him a deep passion for the very real, life-changing presence of God. He believes now more than ever this world has a deep hunger and unquenchable thirst for God, and his worship leading stirs this hunger and love toward 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 at churches where you bonds of trust and faithfulness. 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 stools keeping our feet high and out of the water, and my father 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, 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. And in the years since, he dedicates himself to continuing education to further his musical skills and knowledge and to stay in touch culturally.
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 white house on a corner in a township in Southern, Michigan.
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