Joel Taylor, Ben Armstrong, Amanda Cook, Jenn Johnson, Jeremy Riddle, Steffany Gretzinger, Brian Johnson
BA: What are some of your highlight moments?
Joel Taylor: When Brian, Jeremy and Christa wrote “ One Thing Remains” It was a defining moment for us. I remember that’s where the momentum of our movement started reaching all over the globe.
Brian Johnson: Sunday night worship once a month there are baptisms on stage, “I started singing out, ‘His love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out.” that’s the back story.
Steffany Gretzinger: One of the first memories I have of being apart of this was when we recorded ‘Be Lifted High.’ and I got to sing on Jeremy’s song, We lead on a Sunday to record and it was one of the most stunning encounters I’ve ever had, and I had just come from a best friend’s funeral. It was a moment of saying, “I didn’t see you answer the way I wanted you to. And I came to sing to the God who is a healer even though he didn’t heal the way I wanted him to.” Lots of things started there. It was my first album, it was when Amanda joined us.
Jenn Johnson: A highlight is the strength that’s grown here. I’m thankful for the longevity this team has had.
Jeremy Riddle: The thing that marked me more than the actual experience, but the craziest thing was listening to Bill Johnson after the glory cloud showed up. Bill said, I don’t understand what’s going on, but I’ve been praying for that cloud for 16 years. I didn’t realize that we could contend for heaven on earth and actually see it!
BA: What are things that God has changed in your lives over the last 5 years?
BJ: I knew who I was in God, but not a lot of other people saw it yet. In the last couples years that’s something that the Lord has done, not me, but the Lord. I used to get mad at people who didn’t recognize my gifting, but after I had a nervous breakdown I was able to surrender that.
SG: I came from an environment where revival broke out in my church back home. I was trusted with a lot here because I was forced to come face to face with my fear of failure. My confidence has grown because of family.
JT: His tangible presence, you never get tired of it. All that bethel music is because we want to invite people into feeling
AC: I came here because I heard a sound. I heard “How He loves” and so I came to Bethel. I came because someone knew God was better than I had been told. The thing that I am constantly learning is that He is kind. I came here because of the sound of love. And I stayed because I found people who were willing to sing me back from the brink. The thing that holds me is the people.
BA: Family gets to know each other, good, bad and ugly. What makes you stay here when you’re going through the pain? What keeps you here?
JJ: In family you can love and encourage, but also call me on my crap. Through the hard times I had to ask, “Who called me here?” It was God. Then leadership can’t fail you. You choose to stick.
SG: If we have run out of grace we have come to the end of ourselves. If he has called you, he will keep you. I’m saying to agree with Jenn, I had a dream when I was young of this place. I stay for the people.
BJ: Something practical about our leadership, a lot of times when a leader is a leader of a movement they are typically a type A personality, But some of the most successful people are much more humble and ok with other people being elevated. It’s important to have conviction in your heart as a leader to champion the people serving your movement. As a leader people will pass you up, that’s the point.