For the past 17 years, millions of children and families through VBS have benefited from a talented and enthusiastic music minister whose name is synonymous with VBS.
Jeff Slaughter, the songwriter for LifeWay Christian Resources' Vacation Bible School team, has decided 2012 will be his last season writing, traveling, performing and teaching with our VBS team.
God has given Jeff new dreams and new visions. We will miss him and pray that God continues to use him. We want you to join us as we celebrate Jeff and his years of creative ministry at all the upcoming 2012 VBS preview events.
At each event, Jeff's contributions, creativity and career highlights will be celebrated with a video tribute connected to the performance of the Amazing Wonders Aviation musical.
Jeff was originally enlisted in 1997 to create high-energy music written specifically for each year's VBS theme. With the introduction of The Wild and Wonderful Good News Stampede, Jeff and LifeWay's VBS became synonymous. Since then, Jeff has produced 22 VBS themes and 133 songs (including 30 songs specifically for preschoolers) for both the mainline and Club VBS.
Jeff's contribution has helped shape VBS as it is known today. His music has reached into the hearts of kids and the motions he choreographed have helped the lyrics become personal and the message of Christ memorable.
Jeff has also been a highlight of these events, where he shares the stories behind the songs and teaches the accompanying motions firsthand.
The VBS team appreciates Jeff and his creative contributions. We've had a tremendous relationship with him. God has not only used Jeff to impact the lives of millions but he has impacted each of us here at LifeWay.
For most of us, the relationship extends beyond "work" to personal, everyday friendship.
We look forward to continued ministry with him throughout the 2012 VBS season and honoring him at the preview events.
Jeff will continue to be a vital part of LifeWay's CentriKid Camps.
As part of our tribute to Jeff, the VBS team is creating a book of memories, photos, and letters. We would like to invite you to help by sending a note of thanks and best wishes or a story about your favorite VBS song.
Send your message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to send a photo (no larger than 5x7), send it to me, Jerry Wooley, MSN 182, LifeWay Christian Resources, One LifeWay Plaza, Nashville, Tennessee 37234. Messages and photos must be received by Friday, December 30.
Love you Jeff.