Photo: George Skramstad (left) on the violin.
By Carl Stagner
Church of God heritage is in his bones. Music flows in his veins. George R. Skramstad is third-generation Church of God and the product of a family steeped in classical, folk, and church music. He started playing piano at the age of three, and at the age of eleven he picked up the violin. Over the course of his ministry, he’s served several congregations, and led worship for many churches through seasons of incredible growth, including North Hills in Phoenix, Arizona; Crossings in Oklahoma City; and Central Community in Wichita, Kansas—the host church of CHOG Convention 2017. Today he serves as music and worship arts pastor at Central Community. In a recent interview with Church of God Ministries, Pastor George Skramstad shared some insights gleaned from his church, music, and family experiences, and offered a preview of how these influences will translate into his worship leadership at Church of God Convention 2017. Continue reading
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Tagged accordion, Central Community Church, CHOG Convention, choir, Church of God Convention 2017, George Skramstad, Kansas, KS, orchestra, piano, Reclaim 2017, Renovare, spiritual formation, violin, Wichita, worship leader, worship minister, worship pastor
Photo: Linda Fast (far right) stands proudly with her students who received honors at a piano competition.
By Carl Stagner
Well-known and well-loved by the community. A true heart for people. Doesn’t know a stranger. Loves the opportunity to minister. Her primary mission field: a piano studio. Forty-eight years and hundreds of piano students later, Linda Fast is still making the most of her fingers and her voice. Continue reading
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Tagged Centralia, Centralia Community Church, Dallas Fast, education, Linda Fast, Mark Fast, music, Northwest, piano, teacher, Washington