Reese: For the first 11 years of my life I was
raised in a non-Christian home. My father was hard-working, but was
also a hard-drinking man. This all changed in 1959 when both my mother
and father accepted Christ as their Savior in the Assembly of God Church
in Cleona, Pa. One year later in the summer of 1960, I also accepted
Christ as my Savior. Immediately I became involved in the church’s
music ministry by joining the youth choir, singing solos and playing my guitar.
I met my lovely wife, Jeanne in March of 1970 and married her in September
of 1971. We have three wonderful daughters and 6 grandchildren.
In addition to my God-given gift for writing and performing gospel music,
the Lord has given me a heart for missions which is also shared by my wife,
Jeanne. Because of this burden the Lord has laid on our hearts, we
not only support the Southern Baptist Missions Endeavor, but also missionaries
from other churches in the countries of Costa Rica, Zambia, South Africa,
Belgium, and Russia.
Jeanne and I have moved our family up and down the east coast, but have
finally settled for good here in Maryland. At least that is God’s Plan
for now. He has been so good to us and despite health challenges we
feel blessed in all ways. We have been blessed with our church family
at Faith Baptist Church where I serve in the choir, as deacon, and most recently
with my brothers and sisters in 7th Voice. Singing with this wonderful
family of Christian singers is for me an answer to prayer. They are
truly my brothers and sisters in Christ and it was He who brought us together,
molded us, and continues to lead each of us individually and collectively
in the way we should go. In the words of the songwriter, “Every day
with Jesus is sweeter than the day before”.
Psalm 108 verses 1 through 5 (NIV) reveal my heart for the Lord and music.
1 My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my
2 Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.
3 I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among
4 For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches
to the skies.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all