Speaker: John Lynch
As a world-class communicator, John is a vital Trueface staff member. In addition to speaking internationally with the Trueface team since 1997, John has co-authored The Cure, Bo’s Café, Behind The Mask, and his own story, On My Worst Day. John also powerfully delivered the classic Two Roads Two Rooms allegory, which the co-authors created for The Cure.
John served for 27 years as teaching pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix, Arizona. The authenticity, longevity, and playfulness of these two communities, Trueface and Open Door, bring real-world reality and potency to the message of Trueface. John used his love for theater as a playwright and actor in Sharkey Productions, a troupe focused on gospel-anchored theater productions for those still seeking Jesus.
John and his wife Stacey often create inviting environments on their backyard patio and elsewhere for people to enjoy authentic community. They are passionate parents to their three children and three grandchildren.
Musician: Jason Gray
Midwestern singer/songwriter Jason Gray bares his soul in his inward-thinking contemporary folk yet hook-minded pop style of music. Growing up in Minneapolis, music played a prominent role in his early years, be it listening to artists from Simon & Garfunkel to U2, or traveling with his musician mother and the band. In the early '80s, Grays parents split and his mother became a Christian, moving from rock clubs to the revival circuit. This proved to be a family affair as he joined the youth ministry and entered the music ministry full-time by 1998, independently releasing a string of contemporary Christian records between 1997 and 2005.
Jason signed with a record label and has since released six albums, two of which made it to the Billboard 200. His most recent single is "Sparrows" from his 2016 album Where the Light Gets In. In addition to his work as a musician, Gray is a devoted advocate for youth facing hardships, especially African orphans of AIDS. (Adapted from Chrysta Cherrie, Rovi)
Musician: Josh Wilson
Josh grew up as a pastor's kid in Arkansas and Texas. He began learning piano, guitar, and drums at the age of 7 and self-released his first recording at 21. Josh tries to incorporate fun and joy into his music as much as possible since music brings him joy, believing that the catchier the melody, the more likely people will be able to pay attention to the message of his lyrics.
He has now released 5 full length studio albums with Sparrow Records. He wrote "I Refuse" in response to flooding in Nashville in 2010. Josh uses his platform to raise support for food and housing in Ghana and clean water in Uganda.
Musical Group: Beautiful Eulogy
Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs and old hymns.
The natural way Beautiful Eulogy came together parallels its organic creative process. As its members cooperated on various musical and church-related projects, they realized their chemistry and the opportunity before them to form a completely collaborative group that would emphasize a new gestalt — one that would allow them to steer away from a pure hip-hop trajectory while holding onto its origins, and that would free them from the courses of their solo careers while applying their individual talents to a collective. “We’re reinventing ourselves together,” the group says. Its members enjoy their creative freedom within self-imposed boundaries, by predefining their work’s message, sound and purpose.
This type of intentionality is central to the way Beautiful Eulogy creates songs, settling on concepts and driving them through a process and reprocess of musical and lyrical shaping. The resulting tracks are lyric-driven, but contain an equally deliberate musical backdrop. This panorama enhances and clarifies the presentation of weighty spiritual and theological truths, inviting listeners into the artists’ ideas about and experiences of God. Listeners may have first heard Beautiful Eulogy on Rapzilla’s King Kulture compilation, or featured on “Misconceptions,” a track from Lecrae’s Church Clothes mixtape. Beautiful Eulogy’s debut album, Satellite Kite, serves as a foundational prototype of the group’s approach and ambition.