Worship Leader - Joseph Bein
While I call Gibson City home, I spent the first part of my childhood in the even smaller town of Bement, IL. It was while living there that I attended First Christian Church of Monticello, where in 1999 the Lord demonstrated His grace and glory by calling me to belong to Jesus Christ. I can still recall the hymn that was playing as I walked down the aisle to publicly share my new identity in Christ, and from then on music has been a central part of my response to who God is. It wasn't long after I started attending the Gibson City Bible Church in 6th grade that I found myself playing keyboard during our times of worship in Wednesday night youth group, and not long after that, I was helping lead others before the throne of God by playing piano and saxophone on the Sunday morning praise team. During high school I had the honor of serving as summer intern to the worship leaders at the time. How could I ever imagine that, years later, it would be their son serving as my own intern? It was during my senior year of college that those worship leaders stepped down. I had no idea that my first Sunday home for Christmas break was the last Sunday for the interim leader who had been filling the void. Looking back, I can clearly see God's hand at work as I offered to help out while I was home - a few weeks of service that grew into six months as interim worship leader before my addition to church staff in July 2012, one month after I joined my life to that of my dear wife and tireless helper, Megan. In the years since, I've been blessed to work with a team of musicians and technicians whose skill and artistry is eclipsed only by their love for God and His people. Their heart of worship is mirrored by so many in our diverse congregation whose varying church backgrounds and musical preferences are brought together by a unified desire to bless the heart of God and bring Him glory. God continues to amaze me as He reveals more and more of his worthiness, and further clarifies His call on my life. Until that call should lead us elsewhere, Megan and I are honored and humbled to call this place home.