Beginning in November, the new “So Good for the Soul” live-music series will complement our already popular “Jazz Live” concerts with a mix of soul, pop, gospel and other great music. The first “So Good For The Soul” concert is Saturday evening, November 21, at 7 p.m. A special Christmas performance is planned for Saturday, December 19.
Each concert will feature as many as 14 musicians and singers on stage, including six fantastic vocalists performing in harmony, as well as solo. “So Good For The Soul” features Bryan Duncan, who has sold more than 1.2 million albums and collected Grammy and Dove Awards for his work.
“So Good For The Soul” is the initiative of Marine View’s Christopher Redner, who selected the musicians and vocalists, drawing on connections made while producing concert tours, television programs and music albums and videos.
Christopher, his wife, Jane, who is an editorial director at World Vision, and their 9-year-old son, Rocket, have attended Marine View for the past two years. They live in Federal Way, near Green Gables Elementary, where Rocket attends and Christopher volunteers.
“We admired Marine View as a church that is committed to sharing the gospel and serving the community,” Christopher explained. “When we discovered the church was transitioning and trying new things to reach new people, we thought it might be a good time for our family to check it out.”
Christopher also credits “Jazz Live” as an influence in the decision to attend Marine View. “A concert series like that communicates something about the culture of the church that was attractive to us,” Christopher says.
“We’re very engaged by the mission to go deeper and reach wider. I hope and believe ‘So Good For The Soul’ will contribute to both of those objectives.”
Christopher said he feels the concerts series, and the promotion of it, will extend the church into the community more and should be a great launching point for conversation and discovery for those not currently attending Marine View.
“Engaging our friends and neighbors can be intimidating and challenging. Our society is changing quickly, and it can be hard to find ways to connect well with the people who live nearby. “So Good For The Soul” offers more ways to that.
Christopher is leading breakout sessions at Marine View and posting in The City about “So Good For The Soul” and how people can be involved.
“I’m hoping this series will offer us ways to use our gifts and abilities to engage and serve people in our community well.”