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David has been accepted as the international worship consultant with Every Community for Christ, the church-planting branch of One Mission Society. Lois uses her administrative and organizational skills to facilitate David’s work and looks forward to assisting ECC with communication projects and event planning. As millions of new believers around the world are coming into God’s kingdom, ECC leaders have identified an urgent need for training material to provide these new Christians with a deeper understanding of biblical worship. The goal of the Pannabeckers’ ministry is to:

  • Engage with and celebrate local culture
  • Educate on biblical worship principles
  • Encourage incarnational creativity
  • Enrich worship practices
  • Empower indigenous people movements

David and Lois both grew up in ministry families. David’s parents were church planters in northern Ontario, and Lois’s parents were missionaries in Hawaii. As a result, they both became church pianists at the age of twelve and have been involved in worship facilitation since that time. Their ministry has occurred in a wide variety of settings creating a rich tapestry of experiences from which they draw for this new calling. Since 2001, David has served as the Minister of Worship and the Arts at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in South Bend, Indiana, and Lois has been the principal pianist for classic worship and the accompanist for the chancel and children’s choirs. In August 2014, they are relocating to Honolulu, Hawaii, to become part of the ministry team at Kalihi Union Church.

David has a doctor in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a master of arts in broadcast communications (Wheaton Graduate School, Illinois) and a bachelor of arts in biblical literature (Bethel College, Indiana). He expresses himself artistically as a world-renowned puppet designer, having studied under the tutelage of Kermit Love, designer of Sesame Street’s “Big Bird.” David’s puppet characters have appeared in film and television in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Europe. He takes this diverse gifting into the classroom as a collegiate adjunct professor in both worship studies and Christian puppetry/curriculum development in the United States and Russia.

Lois enjoys helping people find more effective ways of working together, problem solving, creating memorable life experiences for others and playing the piano. For 15 years she served as the alumni director for Bethel College in Indiana, and gained valuable experience in institutional advancement.