About Hope's Creed...
Hope's Creed is a Contemporary Christian band out of Calgary, Alberta, drawing worship leaders and instrumentalists together from First Alliance Church and Centre Street Church. Hope's Creed recently released their 2nd album, 'Know You Better'; which adds a bit of funk to their fusion of rock, pop, country and gospel. Hope's Creed is passionate about producing original lyrics, and top quality music. We love partnering with Churches and organizations to build bridges and serve our community.
My earliest memories of music are singing with my family in the car. We never seemed to live near our grandparents so during the 10 hour or so drives, we would sing in 4-part harmony to encourage the car to travel faster! I grew up singing in church where there was always a need for someone to sing harmony. As a pastor's kid, you were expected to fill in where needed and I'm so grateful that need was often centered around music. My dad loved southern gospel and passed the love of harmonies and loud music onto me! I began leading worship at the age of 18. My first studio experience happened then and I was hooked! However, my favourite title is daughter of the King. I love being a wife to Greg and mom to Max, Ashlyn and Kalie. I've had the privilege of singing on many stages and platforms and I'm so excited to do it again with 'Hope's Creed'. I'm amazed at how God has choreographed my life. And when I get to share what God has done and is doing through music, I know I’m living out what He has placed in my life.
About the singers...
I've been told I came out of the womb hollering and singing and always gravitated towards all things music. As a Pastors kid I had the privilege to develop my faith in a very safe and fun atmosphere. The church we served in California immersed me in rich biblical teachings, new music ministries, kids musicals, exciting youth events, camp adventures and fellowship with others that would last a lifetime. Oh, and let me not forget the monthly potlucks! When I was 10, I recall a traveling Maranatha Praise team that came to our church several times and I was in awe of their vocal harmonies, their stories and ministry. At home I began to memorize their songs and record myself singing on my tape deck. Through my growing up I was able to take piano lessons, be involved in school and church choirs and sing solos for church and events in the community. Music quickly became one of the most powerful ways for me to learn, relate, heal and communicate what was in my heart. When my younger sister passed away I recall the song “In His Time” being significant for me as I grappled with the reality of death and loss. In the quiet of my room I sang it over and over and felt the Lords arms comforting me as I sung to Him. Music has been the main tool that the Lord has used to break through to my soul and draw me near to Him all throughout my life. It is because of ministry that my family came to Canada to serve in a Baptist church in Calgary. I have remained in Calgary and have served at a few churches in music ministry and also in special need ministry. I am a mom of special needs children, have foster parented for 20 years and have been blessed to adopt 2 of my children. I have a vision to see special needs ministries be birthed and thrive in our churches. When music and special needs ministry come together, it is there that I have experienced the very sweet spot of ministry!
Being part of this band is such a blessing for me and has been another beautiful way to express my gratitude, love and praise for my God and share hope with others!
I've been singing since I was born. That's how it seems, anyway. Between growing up in a pastor's home, going to camp meetings every summer, and attending church - A LOT - I was surrounded by music, especially hymns and gospel songs sung in 4-part harmony. I started studying piano and voice as a little boy. When I was a bit older, I had the privilege of being involved in a children's choir, and later in a touring youth choir. I found that harmonizing came very natural to me, and I loved it! I knew that God wanted me to do something with music, so I headed off to Bible college, where I had many formative experiences in leading worship and music ministry. It was at Bible college that I fell in love with Jesus – and that changed everything! I’ve been involved in various aspects of music ministry ever since and can’t imagine doing anything else. I currently serve as the Music Pastor at First Alliance Church in Calgary, where I reside with my wife Bethanie, and our 3 daughters Kara, Kylie and Emily. To be singing tenor as part of the vocal trio of Hope's Creed is just all kinds of fun! I love making music for my King!
About the manager/songwriter/piano player
My musical background is in classical piano, however I spend as much time as I can composing! It is my true passion, and I hope my music will be a blessing to you. My other, and older passion is my family; I am blessed with two sons who are already grown up and away from home, and a wonderfully supportive husband, with whom I recently moved back to Alberta, after 10 years of living overseas.
One of my first decisions in life was that I wanted to be a missionary. Life proceeded to unfold, and I never really answered the ‘missionary call’ in the traditional way. However, our Father often works things out in unexpected ways. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that total surrender comes before understanding. I began attempting to song write 20 years ago, following a totally unexpected word from the Lord at a youth event. My faith told me that if this was truly God’s will for my life, He would make me able. I've continued to develop my songwriting since then, and following my first commercial project with Elena Chavez, am now so happy to be working with Hope's Creed to bring music that glorifies God into the world!
About the instrumentalists...
ROB BAUMAN, KEYS
Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, Rob has many interests - Food. People (just a couple at a time, though.) Music. Mountains. Peace and Quiet. Taking pictures. Rob's beliefs? Jesus. He said love God and love your neighbour. Pretty simple, right? Rob just tries to love people - all of them. He saves us - from our sin, which is often also from ourselves. He promised an abundant life in him, and it starts here and now. Rob used to get in trouble for cutting class and going to jam on the piano in his school - just making stuff up. His Ma and Pa put him in lessons at age 9, where he learned primarily by ear. He sort of defaulted and took one Royal Conservatory exam - grade 8! Later, came jazz and composition classes from a jazz teacher. After many years of playing piano for worship, Rob broke the mold and started specializing in synth. Now he spends his time picking patches and programming tracks, but hey, Rob's a self-confessed nerd! His musical influences have been Michael W. Smith, David Meece, Beethoven and Chopin, and lately, synth-driven bands; Metric, School of Seven Bells, and Dear Rouge have all been playing a part.
JONATHAN THOMSON, BASS
Music always had a strong presence in my family growing up. Whether it was my dad practicing or teaching bagpipes, playing guitar for living room sing-alongs or church, or two sisters playing piano, I was surrounded by music. In junior high there was a need for another bass player in the small baptist church in which dad served as a pastor. This was the start of my journey into the world of bass. From there I regularly played bass or guitar in youth group bands and church worship teams until I went to college.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Briercrest College and Seminary. There is nothing like being surrounded by staff and students who are great musicians. While there, I played in various chapel worship teams, church worship teams, jazz ensembles, a large-scale Christmas production, accompanied for other students and local artists, and played in studio for school and local artist projects. God also led me to the love of my life, Kim, and we now have three girls, Lara, Rayleigh and Beatrice. What precious gifts we are given in this life! I love to make music and I love to sing to my Saviour with whatever instrument I have."