I actually grew up playing the piano in the church and was deeply involved in music ministry.
The music is the message, the message is the music. So that's my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me - a little ministry called love and happiness.
As far as spiritual influences in Christian music, I would say Crystal Lewis - a lot of her songs especially. The ministry she has through her songs has really hit me.
I know Eric Engerbretson to be a man of integrity who is firmly committed to the artful balance of music and ministry.
I don't ask myself, is the life congenial to me? But, am I fitted for, am I called to, the Ministry?
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.