Ris­ing Son brings mu­sic to Paoli Methodist

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - RELIGION -

There’s a joy­ful noise fill­ing the sanc­tu­ary of Paoli United Methodist Church (PUMC) th­ese days, thanks to the tal­ents of their new praise band, Ris­ing Son. The band formed in Septem­ber of 2014, when church mem­ber Terry Der­s­tine felt the pull to do some­thing more with his love of mu­sic. It didn’t take long to re­al­ize that there were sev­eral other mem­bers of the church who were ea­ger to join him in his call­ing, and in no time the mu­si­cians were meet­ing weekly.

Tak­ing on the role of per­cus­sion­ist was Fran Lopez, whose en­thu­si­asm be­hind the drums quickly earned her the nick­name “An­i­mal.” Also join­ing the group was James “Jimmy” Griffiths, a part­ner in a lo­cal fi­nan­cial firm, who brought with him both a mas­tery of the gui­tar and a strong singing voice. And although Der­s­tine had most re­cently been play­ing the banjo, he quickly picked up the bass in or­der to round out the trio’s sound.

The group con­tin­ued to prac­tice and as word spread of their tal­ent and en­thu­si­asm, they were asked to play dur­ing a church ser­vice in Oc­to­ber. Their first per­for­mance con­sisted of the popular praise song “All the Peo­ple Said Amen” and a dif­fer­ent take on “Amaz­ing Grace” sung to the tune of “House of the Ris­ing Sun”. It was this song that in­spired the group to name them­selves Ris­ing Son.

The con­gre­ga­tion of PUMC ap­pre­ci­ated the group’s pos­i­tive at­ti­tude and dis­tinc­tive ap­proach to praise songs and quickly in­vited them back the next month. They up­dated their playlist with yet an­other mash-up of “Amaz­ing Grace” – this time with The Ea­gles’ “Peace­ful Easy Feel­ing,” caus­ing Jimmy to joke, “We might need to have a con­test to see how many dif­fer­ent ver­sions we can do.”

Much like one’s faith, the band con­tin­ues to evolve and grow. In Jan­uary of this year, Ris­ing Son gained a new mem­ber when Malvern at­tor­ney Mark Sal­va­cion and his wife joined the church. Mark ac­com­pa­nies Jimmy on vo­cals and gui­tar, adding a won­der­ful depth and rich­ness to the band’s sound.

Risi ng Son si ngs their praises of the Lord monthly at Paoli United Methodist Church’s 10:30 am ser­vice. See them play at the 4th an­nual Paoli Car Show on Satur­day, June 13.

De­tails and videos can be found at www.paolimethodist.com.


Ris­ing Son mem­ber Terry Der­s­tine, Fran Lopez, Mark Sal­va­cion and Jimmy Griffiths play one Sun­day a month at Paoli United Methodist Church.

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