Today, we've got a great interview with a beautiful lady, Rebekah! She's studying music production, is super creative, and has a passion for worship leading, music, and church ministry.
Oakmoss: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Name, age, walk of life (i.e. college, newlywed, mother, entrepreneur, etc.)
Rebekah: Hey my name is Rebekah Baines! I am a coffee addict, and a broke but happy college student studying music production at the University of Valley Forge. Professionally I am a worship leader, social media manger, and typographer but on the side I specialize in tripping over invisible stuff and confidently telling a-minute-after-the-punch-line jokes!
OM: What are some of your passions? Why?
RB: Two things that I am most passionate about are worship and people. Music is something I have, in a way, dedicated my life too. Several years ago, I went through a long tough season in life, and in that season my connection with God formed through singing and worship. As that season passed and life went on, my gift in music was molded and cultivated into a ministry of leading worship. This further led to me discovering my passion for people and connecting with them. I fell in love with learning their stories and ultimately learning about the Lord + who He is through other people and their lives. I believe that having a position as a worship leader is a big deal; not because of what I am doing but because of how I am doing it. How am I being a leader, both off + on stage? My goal in life is to be truly authentic. As humans we try to complicate everything; our physical and materialistic “needs” our emotions and relationships. We focus so much on the appearance of what we are doing, rather than the heart behind why we are doing it.
OM: Have you always had these passions or did you grow into them?
RB: No, these are not things I have not always been passionate about. Maybe there was always a foundation or slight interest, like I have always wanted to sing. However, if I’m being honest, I really wanted to be ‘Hannah Montana’ at one point, not exactly someone who was willing to give everything of her self to God and His work. These passions were mostly all things I grew into. We’ve all been through things, both good and bad + those things I think really shape us into who we are. In middle school I had a couple H U G E falling outs with some people I had once thought the world of and in those moments I had a choice to make. I could be passionately bitter about how I was hurt or I could take this situation, learn from it, recognize my faults in those areas, + become passionate about promoting and living out the good that came out of those situations. Instead of getting bitter because a few fake friends let me down, I chose to grow from it. Therefore, I strive to always be an authentic person—to reach out and be a true friend to those around me.
OM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years or so?
RB: Next five years? Truthfully I am not sure. In the beginning of the semester I would have told you I plan to be married, writing, and performing music as a full time worship leader. After experiencing life in a new way and learning more about myself + the Lord + life in general, I feel like God is about to shift my focus drastically over the next year. I have learned recently that the anointing upon someone has nothing to do with the act of ministry they are doing, it has to do with the heart and mindset they are doing it with. So whether I am still leading worship in 5 years, or doing something completely different, I know I will be anointed, serving the Lord + reaching out to the people around me!
OM: How has community helped your passions? Do you find encouragement in community, small groups, friends, etc. and how so?