To Our Friends at R-Land

Amazingly, this picture was taken the morning we happened to be at Roseland–Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Below are some questions that might pop to your mind, so we will give you a few answers to “grease the wheel:”

Q. What is your background?

Jonathan grew up in Central Ohio, worked in the Nashville music industry for about fifteen years, where he interacted with Dottie Rambo, Johnny Cash and Marijohn Wilken. Since then, having raised a bunch of kids, he has crisscrossed the country about fifteen times, sharing the “Gospel According to Common Sense” in front of tens of thousands of people, with music, stories and thoughts.

Janet has been a Methodist all her life and has played oboe in symphony orchestras all across America.  She has a Master’s in Music from Northwestern University and taught at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Q: How did you get together?

Twenty-one years ago, Janet was recovering from an abusive divorce, had three small children, and came to join our family. In no time at all we were traveling the country with music, symphonies, movies and books.

Q: Are you married?

Jonathan is married to Elizabeth for forty-six years and Janet is single.

Q: What do you feel is your greatest achievement?

Staying faithful to a simple Gospel and being as creative as possible in sharing it. Of course, that means the production of nine CDs, thirteen movies, twelve books and well over 2,000 performances–our way of putting our signature on that statement.

Q: Speaking of church, what do you think about being Christian?

We both believe that Jesus is the Son of God and our Savior, but more importantly, that He came to Earth to give us a living, breathing example of how human life is supposed to be lived.

Q: What is the first thing you would do?

I think the first thing you do in every situation is come in and see what you’ve got. Assess your blessings, and then take those blessings and find a way to make a miracle. And what is a miracle? Seeing people satisfied with what they’re doing to such a degree that they love themselves and their neighbors.

Q: Do you have education?

Jonathan is a high school graduate with decades of personal achievement.

Janet has a Master’s in music.

Q: Do you read music?

Yes–and we write it, too. We use the Scorewriter program, which enables us to print off music.

Q: What else would you envision?

Taking it nice and easy, not being in a hurry and letting folks get used to a few new ideas here and there. But certainly the doors are open for drama, community involvement, and concerts.

Q: Any closing thoughts?

One brief thought. I think we spend too much time trying to find the perfect place instead of bringing a good attitude to the next place that God sends our way, and taking that experience and making it better.

We do not believe in destiny. We believe that God has given us a life, instruction and His love, and that He trusts us to use it wisely.

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Published on May 20, 2017 at 10:23 pm  Comments Off on To Our Friends at R-Land  
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