Ted Pearce grew up in a Vidor, TX, a city known for racism in the 60s & 70s. There he began his professional career as a singer at the age of 15, and at the same age became an atheist. At age 17 he began playing six nights a week at the Foxy Lady club in Beaumont TX, opening for the Scott McGill band over the next three years before making a move to Dallas in 1981. There he fronted various bands, including Side Effex, nominated for “Best Rock Band” by the Dallas Observer and was invited to write “Roll On Ranger” for the 1988 Texas Rangers MLBBut in summer of 1989, Ted the atheist began reading the bible to prove it was wrong, and everything was about to change…
In early 2002, Ted signed with Galilee of the Nations Records, (Sony/BMG/Provident/Integrity) and debuted with “Zealous Over Zion”. In 2005, Galilee of the Nations produced a collaborative effort with Joel Chernoff & Ted Pearce to revive messianic music pioneer group “Lamb”. In the same year, Ted co-wrote the theme song for the new ministry of Promise Keepers founder, Coach Bill McCartney, called “Road to Jerusalem”.
In 2006, he did his first tour of Europe and met Pastor Jobst Bittner of TOS Church Tubingen. This began an activist partnership of addressing historical Church anti-semitism around Europe through extended prayer walks called “March of Life”. In 2009 Ted established March of Remembrance in Dallas TX, which is now an annual prayer walk held in more than 50 cities worldwide that seeks to honor Holocaust survivors and their descendants, while educating and engaging a new generation. These themes found their way into Ted’s music and the powerful music video “The Forgotten People” was released at Dachau in 2007 on the “For Zion’s Sake I Will Not Be Silent” CD.
In 2008, Ted collaborated with the German band “Beersheva” to release a 19-song album entitled “Hallelu Et Adonai” which included several songs co-written with friend, Rabbi Michael Stepakoff.
He followed that by producing “Battle For Zion”, which featured the world-renowned guitarist Andy Timmons, drummer Dan Wojciechowski (Peter Frampton), Dan Castillo (Jonie Show on Daystar), Tom Demer (Dallas Symphony Orchestra), Liberated Wailing Wall (Jews for Jesus), and a few more notable musicians. Later that same year, Integrity label mate Paul Wilbur also recorded 2 of Ted’s songs on his “Desert Rain” project in Israel.
In 2011, Ted produced his first independent project in a decade called “emergency” with Dallas Producer Phil York.
In August of 2012, the March of Life went to Poland, where Ted met Polish soul-singer and superstar Mietek Szczesniak, who introduced him to the unusually good fortune of working with Producer Wendy Waldman in California, which led to an opportunity to work with Polish Producer and Pianist-extraordinaire, Pawel Zarecki (and his incredibly talented wife, Jadzia) which led to working with the Longhouse Crew, which led to meeting and working with Israeli Producer/Guitarist/Singer Jamie Hilsden. Working with these friends in Warsaw, Hollywood, and Jerusalem was the inspiration and foundation of the Cultural Xchange Series recording sessions.
“Warsaw Sessions” was originally released in Tubingen Germany (March 2014) followed by Hollywood Sessions (Nov 2014) and Jerusalem Sessions (June 2015).
Cultural Xchange continues with a shift into high gear, working with film-maker Michael Pearce Productions to produce a virtual reality tour of the the Holy Land. They began screening “The Rose City” in August at film festivals in San Francisco, LA, and NYC. On October 28, 2015 CX released the first episode of “Cultural Xchange: Israel”.
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Nena Jackson and Kristi Smith
Fruit That Lasts Ministry
Nena Jackson and Kristi Smith have been friends since first grade and have done a lot of exciting things together, but the most exciting by far has been their Fruit That Lasts Ministry. They were called into ministry together in 2012 and have been involved in several aspects of ministry despite being separated by over 450 miles geographically.
Nena lives in Charleston, South Carolina and is a wife to Scott, mom to four grown children, and grandmother to two. She is employed as the Director of the Alpha Program at St. Michaels Anglican Church.
Kristi lives in Birmingham, Alabama, was widowed in September of last year, and is a mom to two grown children. She was a nurse for 29 years, but is currently enrolled in ministry school at Highlands College.
Since being called into ministry together in 2012, they have hosted two ministry events on Kiawah Island Beach in Charleston, South Carolina, one in July 2013 and one in August 2016. They have coauthored two children’s books, one which was published in 2015 and another one that is currently being illustrated. They have written a Vacation Bible School curriculum based off of their book characters which they lead in Kenya, Africa in three orphanages in June of 2016. While in Africa, they instructed 17 Kenyan pastors in Alpha training. They have also spoken at various ministry events.
Fruit That Lasts Ministry emphasizes the necessity of having a relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in order to live fruitful lives and display the fruit of the Spirit on a consistent basis. One of their key ministry verses is, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” John 15:16 It is Nena and Kristi’s prayer that all aspects of their ministry reflect this truth.
Rabbi BJ Harris
Come To Jerusalem Ministry
Rabbi BJ Harris is a Messianic Jewish Believer in Jesus. He was born in New York City and grew up in South Carolina. He began to write music in college and entered the folk music scene in New Orleans, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere in the early 1970s. He met his Messiah in 1978 through the efforts of Gentile believers who prayed for and witnessed to him gently, diligently, and sacrificially in spite of anger, rejection, ridicule, and discouragement.
BJ was co-founder and co-leader of Beth Shofar, Messianic Congregation in South Carolina. He later helped start an international Christian ministry to support Israel and educate Christians in their Scriptural relationship to Israel and the Jewish People. Rabbi BJ is also a Psalmist and a Worshiper, he has composed and produced a number of songs and travels to various Churches and Messianic Congregations ministering in song. One of his most popular songs is “Come To Jerusalem”. Rabbi Harris has a Prophetic Music Ministry and on Tuesday Ministers at the Charleston House of Prayer (CHOP), downtown Charleston. Rabbi BJ travels to and from Israel as the ALMIGHTY calls HIM to go. He holds membership with the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) where he attend Yeshiva classes in Hebraic/Judaic Studies.
Leader of Praise
Carmel Alvial was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
Her love for music was nurtured and encouraged by her mother.
She began her music studies at an early age and culminated with her enrollment in the Conservatory of Music in Caracas.
Her plans of pursuing a musical career where put on hold at the age of 19 as she experienced a personal encounter with her Jewish Messiah. Her life took a shift in direction. She shared her testimony with her High School sweetheart and soon after he also embraced his Messiah. A desire of restoring their Jewish heritage and sharing their precious Messiah became a priority in their lives. The two were married.
During the following three years they would birth the first Messianic Jewish Fellowship in Caracas, Venezuela. Carmen led the worship in Hebrew, English, and Spanish.
The journey led them and their 2 little ones on a new adventure that brought them back to the USA. They soon joined Beth Messiah Congregation in Rockville, MD. Not long after she became part of the worship team which was led by Marc Chopinski (lead guitarist for Israel’s Hope)
At the turn of the new millennium the growing family transitioned to Son of David Congregation where they are currently serving as elder and worship leader. The Almighty has blessed them with 9 wonderful children.
Beside leading the worship at SODC, Carmen also leads once a month at Mishkan HaShofar Messianic Jewish Congregation.
In the Spring of 2014 Carmen traveled to Israel with a tour group and led worship during their stay in the Land.
The following year she was given the opportunity to lead the worship in New Zealand at the “Simcha New Zealand Conference”
Daniel and Anna Woodridge-Williams are the son and daughter of Iris Woodridge, singers of contemporary and messianic music. I am the guitarist, Dancer, Pianist, Psalmists. Anna is the dancer and singer. We started singing together as little children, but the fullness of the gift did not come to fruition until 2009.
We have ministered in Churches, outreaches and conferences. I play percussions and acoustic guitar. Although I like to sing, my sister is gifted in that area. Anna and I have sang in Washington, DC, Ahavat YESHUA Messianic Jewish Congregation, Home Groups,: South Carolina Korean Methodist Church, Holy Cross Episcopalian Church; Goose Creek, SC , Methodist Church and First Brazilian Assemblies of GOD, and First Baptist Church; Greenville, SC accompanying Rabbi BJ Harrion, on guitar, at Adon Olam, and Beth Shalom. In Charleston, SC Daniel, Anna, and their mother ministered at the Evergreen Assistive Living Facility, St. John’s Holy Brunch for the homeless, Bridge Church, out door church the homeless, CHOP (Charleston House of Prayer), Come to Jerusalem Ministry, and Ministered with Psalmist from IHOP (International House of Prayer), ministered at Praise and Worship Conference held in Charleston, SC and in Nashville. Our mother always had us serving and ministering at outreaches, whether she organized or someone else.
Our mother’s desire for us when we were younger was that the ALMIGHTY would raise us up to sing and play music. For years, during Shabbat* service my mother prayed over Anna and me to walk in the ways of the ALMIGHTY and that the mantle of the “joy of music” be poured in them to minister before the FATHER. It happened in 2009. At that time, my mother, had realized that YAH had answered her prayer and given her a praise and worship team. It happened one Friday evening, before Shabbat Service, (we had service at the community center where my mother worked). I was holding the guitar, sitting on the piano bench, and asked my mother if I could play the guitar during Shabbat Service. She looked at the guitar, at me and said yes. Anna sang, When we finished, she cried. She did not know all those late nights that I was up on the internet, that I was learning to play the guitar. When we moved to South Carolina, the anointing increased. Bless YAH’s Name,
All those years of my mother praying over us and she has now seen the fruit of her prayer. You see what prayer and patience does. Glory to YAH!!!
Schezarone Carter was born in Sacramento California. I am 19 years old and am pursuing my passion of God and music. I learned at a young age that to follow God is the best thing you can do in your life and has implied that in my daily living. With the Gift that Yeshua gave me with playing the piano, I have submitted all of my playing for the Glory of Yeshua.
Carmen Carrion loves to praise and worship the Lord. She has been dancing for the Lord since He introduced her to Messianic music in 2005. Carmen began dancing at home and then in the congregation and elsewhere. Along with dancing, she also worships the Lord in music. The Lord provides the lyrics, melody and sometimes the instruments. Carmen’s desire is to enter the throne room of God through worship and take everyone around her with her.