Blessed Hope Chapel has been led by worship directors Dean & Tony Palacio since January 2002. Before coming on board at Blessed Hope, God had Dean and Tony leading worship at various churches throughout Southern California. They also had the privilege of handling worship duties at their former home churches, Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA and Sonrise Christian Fellowship (now New Hope Christian Fellowship) in Simi Valley, CA.
Dean and Tony started their music careers in the secular music industry, playing in dance clubs, amusement parks, and the Hollywood night club scene. After becoming Christians in 1992 (Tony) and 1993 (Dean), they dedicated their God-given musical abilities to serving only the Lord (Deuteronomy 10:20). Since their conversions they have written, produced and performed on several Christian album projects over the years, including two CDs produced right here at Blessed Hope (click on a CD title below to learn more about each CD):
Enter In - Live Worship at Blessed Hope Chapel
In Your Presence - Live Worship at Blessed Hope Chapel
Dean and Tony also have formed a band called Emmaus Road, along with Blessed Hope drummer, Robbie Destocki, and released their debut CD, Seven Mile Journey, in August of 2005. Emmaus Road has provided another outlet for Dean and Tony to express their love and adoration for their Lord, and serves as an additional ministry beyond their service here at Blessed Hope Chapel.
We are called to worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24). And Psalm 150 says this:
"1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. 2 Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. 3 Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, 4 praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, 5 praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD."
This is the heart behind worship here at Blessed Hope Chapel. We worship out of the abundant love and thanks we have for God, our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Nothing pleases our Father more than when His children bow their hearts before the Redeemer, and sing praises to the Father and to the Son, because he who confesses the Son has the Father also (1 John 2:23).
If you attend Blessed Hope, have a heart for worship, and are gifted with a musical talent, please ask how you can be used by God in the worship ministry here at Blessed Hope. We always have a need for singers, musicians, and tech crew. Please contact either Dean or Tony to discuss your desires further. They would love to hear from you!
And for those wishing to learn guitar in order to serve God in the future, please visit Dean's instructional website at www.learnworshipguitar.com. More sites will be coming soon!
God bless you, and worship Him always!