David and Lois Pannabecker
David serves as the international worship consultant with Every Community for Christ. Lois uses her administrative and organizational skills to assist David and also works with Dynamic Women in Missions. As millions of new believers around the world are coming into God’s kingdom, Every Community for Christ leaders have identified an urgent need for training material to provide these new Christians with a deeper understanding of biblical worship. The goal of the Pannabeckers’ ministry is to:
- Engage with and celebrate local culture
- Educate about biblical worship principles
- Encourage incarnational creativity
- Enrich worship praxis
- Empower indigenous people movements
David and Lois both grew up in ministry families. David’s parents were church planters in northern Ontario, and Lois’ parents were missionaries in Hawaii. As a result, they both became church pianists at the age of 12 and have been involved in worship facilitation since that time. Their ministry has occurred in a wide variety of settings, creating a rich tapestry of experiences from which they draw for this new calling. Since 2001, David has served as the minister of worship and the arts at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in South Bend, Indiana, and Lois has been the principal pianist for classic worship and the accompanist for the chancel and children’s choirs.
David has a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a master of arts in Broadcast Communications (Wheaton Graduate School, IL) and a bachelor of arts in biblical literature (Bethel College, IN). He expresses himself artistically as a world-renowned puppet designer, having studied under the tutelage of Kermit Love, designer of Sesame Street’s “Big Bird.” David’s puppet characters have appeared in film and television in the United States, Canada, Japan and Europe. He takes this diverse gifting into the classroom as a collegiate adjunct professor in both worship studies and Christian puppetry/curriculum development in the United States and Russia.
Lois enjoys helping people find more effective ways of working together, problem solving, creating memorable life experiences for others and playing the piano. For the past 15 years, she served as the alumni director for Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, and gained valuable experience in institutional advancement.
The Pannabeckers find great joy and fulfillment in the relationships they enjoy with their three adult married children and five grandchildren. They are Michelle and her husband Jack, parents of Elijah, Isaiah and David; Andrew and his wife Janell; Brandon and his wife Crystal, parents of Kyle and Emma.
The passage of scripture God used to move David and Lois in the direction of international mission work is Psalm 67:1–3.
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!