Vertical Church isn’t the name of a church. It is an idea. The idea that worshiping Jesus Christ is best done not when we just sing about Him or what He has done or what He will do in the future. The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God. Vertical.
Vertical Church Band is a collection of people who play every week in places all over Chicagoland as part of Harvest Bible Chapel, a place that believes singing isn’t a warm-up for the sermon; singing is a warm-up for heaven. So the faces may change. The style may evolve. But the aim will stay the same. Vertical.
OUR WORSHIP LEADERS
Andi started leading worship by driving to different student gatherings in and around his native hometown, London, England. After five years, he left the road and the United Kingdom to move to the United States and serve the local church in 2001. Andi oversees the worship leaders for all six campuses, and leads worship at the Rolling Meadows or Elgin campuses every weekend. He has recorded several worship projects for Harvest and overseen a movement of songwriters throughout Harvest Bible Fellowship. He and his wife, Joanna, and their sons, Sam, Ben and Adley, make their home in Elgin, Illinois. Follow Andi on Twitter.
Seth grew up loving to play, sing, and be on stage for any reason—but God began working on his heart and his pride to keep him from singing for selfish gain. Now his passion is to use his gifts to help lead others in worship. Seth studied music at North Park University where he met his wife, Danalee. Seth began serving as a volunteer worship leader for the Niles campus youth group. Almost immediately after, he came on staff as weekend worship leader and has enjoyed using his voice and passion for Jesus to lead people in worship . He and Danalee now live in Elgin, IL with their little girl, Roman and their chihuahua “Capo”.
A native of North Carolina, Meredith began singing in church at six, and by high school was writing songs and leading worship. As an only child with three adopted brothers, she originally planned to work at an orphanage, until she felt God calling her into music ministry while attending Liberty University. In addition to leading worship at Harvest Bible Chapel, Meredith has a national platform as a recording artist and in 2011 won two Dove Awards, for Worship Song and Worship Album of the Year. Meredith is married to husband Jacob Sooter, and together they are the proud parents of sons Maverick and Remington. Follow Meredith on Twitter.
Kyle grew up in Mobile, AL enjoying the outdoors and pouring himself into his local church. His love for music began at an early age, but it wasn’t until the end of High School that he discovered his voice and began dedicating his life to using that gift for the Lord. Kyle studied Worship Leadership at the University of Mobile where he traveled on a music team representing the school and growing in his passion for leading others in worship. In January of 2012, Kyle married his best friend and former music team member, Elizabeth and they now live in Elgin. Kyle currently leads worship at the Aurora Campus.
Tara, raised in the Chicago suburbs, came to Christ and began leading worship at a small church alongside her parents by the age of 12. Since then, she has been growing in her passion and love for Jesus and her desire to use her voice and service for the Lord. In 2006, Tara began serving at Harvest Bible Chapel as a worship leader and now lives in Chicago with her husband, Shawn, and her two lovely daughters, Grace and Charlotte.
Jacob Sooter was born and raised in Pineville, Louisiana. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Theory in 2005. After college, Jacob served at First Baptist Church of Jackson as a worship leader for the young adult, college, and student ministries. Jacob served there for nearly two years before he felt the call to leave for Nashville, where he travelled as a touring keyboardist for 2007 and 2008. While on tour, Jacob met his wife Meredith Andrews, a recording artist with Word Records. They are both currently on staff at Harvest Bible Chapel: Meredith as a worship leader and Jacob as a music director. They have two young boys- Maverick and Remington.
Growing up in California, Dan began playing piano at the age of three and, throughout his school years, started using that gift in worship bands. He graduated from Liberty University in 2006 with degrees in business and music while traveling with a University music team that performed and led for congregations around the country. Dan’s greatest passion is growing people as worshipers; that the glory of God would be the heartbeat of the Church. Dan currently serves as a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel’s Rolling Meadows and Elgin campuses. Follow Dan on Twitter.
Born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, Eddie holds his B.S. in Worship and Music Studies from Liberty University. He now lives in Elgin, Illinois, with his wife Christina and their baby daughter Daniella, where he serves at Harvest Bible Chapel as the worship leader at the Crystal Lake campus. Eddie is passionate about ministering in the local church to instrumentalists and serving by leading worship. He enjoys songwriting and is heart is to train and equip members of the local church to serve in worship ministry.
Tyler grew up in Modesto California and was saved at the age of 12. He graduated from Liberty University in 2007 and began to feel a call to local church ministry shortly thereafter. Tyler has a passion to communicate the truth and hope found in God’s word in authentic and fresh ways. He and his bride, Brooke currently reside in Elgin, IL. They both enjoy ice cream and mid sized dogs. Tyler is currently the worship leader at Harvest’s Chicago North campus.
Todd grew up in a south suburb of Chicago where he first found his passion for music. In college, he fronted a traveling worship band, “Exodus”, who travelled all over the United States and Canada. While traveling in this group, Todd grew in both his worship leading and songwriting and has been able to work on numerous projects since, ranging from worship to pop/rock albums. In addition to his experience in leading worship, Todd earned two undergraduate degrees from Liberty University in Worship Music and Business Marketing as well as a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Leadership (M.B.A.). Todd currently serves as the worship leader at the Niles campus. Follow Todd on Twitter.
Growing up as a Vineyard pastors kid in San Diego California, Matt started leading worship at 12 in his church youth group. He enjoys writing songs for the church and has released 2 solo albums “Raise the Flag Again” and “Heaven Calling”. In addition to leading worship, he is also the founder of LoopCommunity.com – an online resource for using technology and loops in worship. In 2011 he became an Ableton Certified Trainer and travels the country training churches and worship leaders how to use Loops and MultiTracks in their worship services. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook.
Rochelle was born and raise in Chicago, IL. and is the third oldest of 10 children. She started leading worship at various churches in Chicago with her family at a very young age. Growing up she learned the importance of having an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. Her hearts desire is to glorify God by worshiping him with her voice and her life. In addition to leading worship at Harvest Bible Chapel, Rochelle works as the administrative assistant for the worship department.
Born and raised in India in a strong Christian family, his love for music started at a very young age. After moving to the UAE at the age of 9, he began serving the Lord play drums at church. It was here that his passion for drums developed and he began dedicating much of his time to develop that skill. In 2008, Josh moved to the United States to attend Judson University in Elgin, IL. During his freshmen year, he began serving at the Harvest, Elgin campus on the worship team. Over the next 5 years later, Josh would become a Vertical Church Band member, touring the country and working as a Worship Leader at Harvest Bible Chapel.
Luke loves making a joyful noise and leading people in praise to God, along with reading and diet Dr. Pepper. He also loves his wife Kristen and their two sons Carter and Reid. Luke received a B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and, in addition to Worship, oversees the Jr. High and High School Ministries at the Rolling Meadows campus. He blogs regularly at BrothersMacDonald and tweets at @lukemacdonald. His passion in life is propelling people towards grace-filled, truth-soaked lives.