TAYLOR COUNTY—Sometimes in life, a person finds their calling; a special gift created just for them that can be used to help others in need.
Christopher Dickey, Grafton native and Lead Pastor at Encounter Worship Center, shared that his calling is centered on the church and a way to help spread God’s word, something that he said he is honored to do.
“When I was 15, I felt the call to ministry, and I wanted to be a worship leader from then on,” Dickey explained. “I wanted to be able to travel and tour to help spread God’s word.”
The dream of recording his first worship album came to fruition following a good deal of prayer and patience. Dickey recently returned from Daywind Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, having laid down tracks for his new collection titled “You Give.”
“There are some mainline Christian worship hits made famous by artists like Chris Tomblin,” he revealed. “Those songs are mixed in with some original pieces that I wrote, including the title track You Give.”
According to Dickey the song tells the story of his life, and he hopes it speaks to those who listen to it.
“The first verse talks about times in my life when I felt like I was really just walking alone in the dark, not strong enough to make it through the circumstances I was in,” he disclosed. “However, it goes on to say in that verse that God was there all along, and He was reaching out, just waiting for me to grab His hand to pull me out.”
Similar in nature to verse one, verse two tackles the anxieties and fears felt by many.
“There was a time when I experienced major anxiety regularly. I worried about every little thing that came against me, but the verse mentions that God silences the whispers of fear and the shadows run at his very name,” Dickey shared. “This was something I had to learn, that with the name of Jesus, I had strength and power, and He would pull me out of what I was going through.”
He further told that the chorus and bridge helped to bring everything together saying, “It tells us that no matter what we are going through, God gives us everything we need to not only survive but thrive. And as a result, we will have joy and peace in our lives like we never knew we could have. A joy that sets us free from the things that hold us back.”
Dickey reports that the album, produced by Marty Funderburk and engineered and mastered by Anthony Johnson, should be ready to purchase in six to eight weeks.
“They still have some mixing and mastering to do, and then it will be ready to purchase,” Dickey voiced. “I am working on a web page for my music right now, but it is not up and running yet. Albums will also be sold locally and will be available for sale during our Healing House gatherings at Encounter Worship Center once a month.”
“I will also be hosting an album release event once I get a date of when it will be done,” he added.
He said that it is his hope that the album will help lead listeners to know the glory and goodness of God, and that he hopes it will be a way for them to worship wherever they are, be it at home, work or in their car.
“His goodness is there just waiting for us to realize it,” Dickey expressed. “Isaiah 43:19 says, ‘For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.’ And that verse was something I kept in mind while creating the album.”
Dickey voiced that the experience was both fun and unique, but he was excited to be able to finally fulfill a lifelong dream of his, something that he shared would not have been able to happen first, without the grace of God, and second, without the support of those in his life.
“I want to thank first of all my fiancé, Sara Reidell, who has supported me, encouraged me and put up with me being out of state recording an album two weeks before our wedding,” he said. “I also want to thank my parents Mike and Fleeta Dickey for the support they have given me by always pushing me to be my best.”
“Finally, a huge thank you to the congregation at Encounter Worship Center for their support in this effort,” he imparted.
More information about the upcoming release of the CD may be found by visiting Dickey’s artist page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Christopher-Dickey-Worship-Artist-107834238240764.