Praise Band

Randy Van Der Pol and the Praise Band leads the congregation in contemporary songs of worship on Sundays at our 10:30 am Contemporary Service. The Praise Band features regulars and guest singers and musicians. Pictured here from left: Tim Ryan, David Dustman, Jackson Van Der Pol, Singlia Kopp, Melissa Van Der Pol, Randy Van Der Pol, Dirk Smith, Nathan Van Der Pol and Anthony Airdo. Not pictured: Chris Slayton, Sherry Clack, FredPerez, and Mark Turner.


A word from Randy Van Der Pol
Contemporary Worship Leader

Q: How did you get involved in music?

I was very fortunate to grow up in a Christian home. My Mom played piano by ear, and I remember as a young child hearing her play hymns on the piano. I always felt that Music was the expression of the soul, and at a young age that was all I wanted to do. As I got older, I realized that there was nothing better than using the talents that God gave each and everyone of us for his glory and honor, which lead me into worship leading. It is very humbling that God has allowed me to be used in this way to help build his kingdom.

Q: Tell us about a significant moment in your journey to know Christ.

I gave my life to Christ at a Church camp when I was in the 8th grade. I remember it so vividly. I went down to the front, and dropped to my knees and prayed to God. I felt the Holy Spirit’s power for the first time. It was overwhelming. I remember staying there for quite a while. I am certainly a “work in progress”! The one thing I do know is that the Holy Spirit has never, nor will ever, leave me.

Q: What role does music play in worship and enriching our relationship with Christ?

I feel music plays a very important role in worship. I know there are a lot of different styles of worship music: Traditional, Contemporary, Modern, and many others. I don’t think God cares about what style of music we worship him with. I think what he really cares about is that we worship him with an “Open Heart.”

Just as there are scriptures that come to mind when needed in difficult times of your life, praise songs and hymns can be used that way as well.

It can certainly lift up your soul! Have you noticed that it is really hard to be in a bad mood when you are singing worship songs to God?

Q: What vision do you have for the contemporary service at FUMC Gilbert?

I have a huge vision for FUMC Gilbert! I really think this service could grow tremendously. We have a great Church! My vision for the Contemporary service at FUMC Gilbert is to reach more people for Christ. The service has many intentionally “personal elements” about it. The purpose is for each person who attends to have a personal connection with Christ for all generations—Randy

For any questions or interest in sharing your God given talent, please email Randy Van Der Pol or contact the church office: 480-892-9166 or