Concert ministry comes to St. John’s Lutheran Church

Published 10:18 am Friday, August 8, 2014

St. John’s Lutheran Church in Austin will host a concert ministry next weekend.

Dave Anderson and Roger Walck -- Photo provided

Dave Anderson and Roger Walck — Photo provided

Dave Anderson and Roger Walck will perform a concert at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17.
Dave and Roger’s music is a blend of contemporary, gospel, hymns, and lots of old-time Sunday School songs. The audience will be invited to sing along but, as Dave says, “so long as it’s the same song.”

Dave Anderson comes from Arizona and Roger and his wife, Patti, live in Corona, California. Dave grew up as a Lutheran preacher’s kid in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Dave has been involved in lay ministry in the Lutheran church for 48 years first in youth ministry (Dave is the founder of Lutheran Youth Encounter) and then music ministry including concerts and worship resources.

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Roger Walck is a skilled vocalist, guitarist, and a worship team leader. Roger is a graduate of Vanguard University and he has studied at Fuller Seminary and Azusa Pacific University. For many years Roger taught theology at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, California. For many years Roger has led Spanish-language worship in various Orange County churches.

During the concert/service, Dave will share from his personal experiences from having traveled 4 million miles over the past 35 years of concert ministry. These travels have included concerts in Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Scandinavian countries, and 25 trips to Australia and New Zealand.
In 1993, God used incredibly heroic men to rescue Dave, his wife Barbara, and five others from 36-degree water after their plane crashed into the Bering Sea while returning from a missionary and humanitarian mission in the Russian Far East. All seven men and women survived.

This story has been heard by millions around the world on radio, TV, and through personal appearances. The Rescue Story points to the God which rescues men and women from overwhelming circumstances in their lives.

Dave will tell highlights of this story at this upcoming concert. Learn more at

Dave, Barb, and Roger are currently involved in another project: Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat, a special counseling ministry for burned-out and emotionally wounded Protestant ministers and their spouses. Most week-long Shepherd’s Canyon Retreats are held at the ministry’s new home-base called Standing Stones which is located 90 minutes northwest of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, 15 miles west of Arizona’s “cowboy town,” Wickenburg.

Please visit Some summer retreats are held at Heartwood Conference Center in Wisconsin. The free-will offering received at the concert will benefit the Shepherd’s Canyon Retreat ministry.