Summer Church traces its origin to early 1992, when musician friends Tom Macomber and Dick Walker decided to witness to non-Christian studio musicians by using their help in recording a gospel CD. Dick and Tom’s vision was to expose these musicians to Jesus by having them assist on Spirit-filled songs, and “let the music do the talking.” Summer Church: Gospel Songs for Fiddle and Banjo was the end result. Released by Walkin’ on Water Records in 1994, this CD has been an international best seller.
Faced with many requests to perform, Dick and Tom approached Christian musicians Pete Lorentz and Wes Knox, who share a love for Jesus and the desire to witness for Him, and the band Summer Church was formed.
Wes Knox is an accomplished jazz guitarist, and has received national acclaim for his work in the recording studio. He is an excellent songwriter, and his innovative guitar playing is an integral part of the Summer Church sound.
Pete Lorentz grew up in a musical home, and first toured nationally as a country musician in 1966. Equally adept at bluegrass, swing, and country music, his bass playing is the heart of Summer Church.
Tom Macomber has played gospel banjo for many years, performing with bands based out of Oregon and California. He has produced recordings for numerous gospel artists, and he arranges and produces each Summer Church recording.
Vidal Hulbert is a full-time musician. A masters candidate in violin performance at the University of Redlands, he teaches in his own music studio, and performs with various symphony orchestras throughout southern California.
Together these four Christian men will uplift your spirit and set your toes to tapping with music that is played to His glory and conveys their love of the Lord.