by Emily Finlay, Public Relations Writer
Cedarville University’s HeartSong Ministries has the unique position of serving people on and off campus as both a ministry to churches and camps and as recruiters for the university.
HeartSong is composed of 32 students who use their musical abilities to serve across the nation. The group, which is broken into four teams, travels to churches and camps to perform worship music and to serve as counselors for the campers. These opportunities allow the students to build relationships with prospective students and to connect with alumni and others who have a standing relationship with the university.
Jim Cato, executive director of HeartSong Ministries, said that HeartSong’s purpose is to develop relationships with people, including those with past experience with the university and those that are just learning about it.
“The vision is to give a clear picture of the university and what it stands for to people on and off campus,” he said.
The teams traveled to 13 different states during summer 2013, visiting 35 camps and 35 churches and serving 9,300 campers over their 10-week tour. They also traveled to churches, camps and events during the 2012-13 school year, devoting five weekends to touring each semester.
For the 2013-14 year, the ministry is continuing their busy schedule, performing at churches, camps and events as they have in years past. These events include a Night of Worship concert with 104.9 ‘The River’ on Nov. 9.
HeartSong’s music, including their newest album, “HeartSong Cathedral,” is available for purchase on iTunes.
Chloe Lukasiewicz, HeartSong marketing and office coordinator and former team member, said the ministry is unique in its opportunities to connect with its audience in a way others cannot.
“When you’re given a musical platform, you want to impress from a distance and impact up close,” she said. “The platform gives us the ability to intentionally pursue students offstage and pour into their lives. And that’s why we’re in the ministry.”
2013-2014 HeartSong Teams
Dexter Carpenter, Senior, Kettering, Ohio
Jenna Classen, Freshman, Middletown, Ohio
Brian Fanelli, Senior, Macomb, Mich.
Joel Hutchison, Senior, Cedarville, Ohio
Ashlynn Kelly, Senior, Kenosha, Wis.
Caleb Morris, Junior, Hollywood, Md.
Michael Pettus, Junior, Danville, Ky.
Clayton Sell, Junior, Xenia, Ohio
Heidi Dayton, Sophomore, Hudsonville, Mich.
Patrick Flynn, Junior, Shallings, N.C.
Brandon Hatch, Junior, Bemus Point, N.Y.
Jacob Hatfield, Freshman, Franklin, Ohio
Isaac Murrell, Junior, Moses Lake, Wash.
Megan Stevens, Freshman, Granger, Ind.
Bree Trapp, Sophomore, Brownsburg, Ind.
Julie Zavodney, Junior, Cedarville, Ohio
Ashley Auch, Junior, Bainbridge, Pa.
Aleska Barkoviak, Sophomore, Normal, Ill.
Connor Haskins, Sophomore, Burlington, Conn.
Joel Israel, Senior, Davenport, Iowa
Andrew King, Junior, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Adam Littlefield, Junior, Hiram, Ohio
Grant McCurdy, Senior, Sanford, Fla.
Collin O'Neel, Sophomore, Xenia, Ohio
Joe Bennett, Sophomore, Fishers, Ind.
Abby Butts, Junior, Solon, Ohio
Sam DeLoye, Junior, Wausau, Wis.
Hayley Gray, Freshman, Mt. Hope, W.V.
Ian Holloway, Sophomore, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Brett Muschott, Sophomore, Galena, Ohio
Alex Runyan, Sophomore, Springfield, Ohio
Caleb Tang, Junior, Irvine, Calif.
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