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At a family gathering in the summer or 2006, a spark for music composition was lit. We began a mutual endeavor to report each month whatever each one had time and creative energy to accomplish. It didn’t take long before our enjoyment developed into somewhat of a mission to use this avenue to bring glory to the Lord through our lives. As we ministered to our local churches with the new compositions and arrangements, we were met with much encouragement from fellow believers, whose words of support still help fuel the efforts of FBS. January of 2008 marked our “inaugural concert” and the recording of our first CD album, “Heaven is Looking Brighter.”
Since then, God has opened opportunities to bring our music on the road and produce CD albums, piano books, choral books, a drama production and new hymns for the local church. We’ve also been blessed with many other ministry-minded musicians who have greatly enhanced the performance arm of FBS. We desire that the Lord “go before” all of the efforts of FBS and continue to use our passion for music to exalt His Person and Word!
HEATHER SCHOPF Web/Marketing/Tour Manager, CD Producer, Composer/Arranger
At a young age, Heather began piano lessons under her mother's instruction. Over the years, her developing skill and love of music led her to attend Bible college, earning her Music and Bible degrees in 2003.
For many years, Heather gained experience through teaching private piano and voice lessons, finding it to be both a musical and ministry outlet. She has regularly ministered in music through the local church, and currently continues that ministry at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Being a wife, as well as a mother of four, Heather delights in the creative freedom that being a stay-at-home mom allows. She is thankful for the time she has to apply herself to the many tasks of FBS. Other than music, Heather enjoys decorating her home and decorating cakes for weddings or other special occasions.
HEIDI FULLER Tour Member, Composer/Arranger
As a child, Heidi's mother became her first piano teacher. Over the years, she has acquired further education, invaluable teaching experience, ministry and performance opportunities, and her Bachelor's degrees in Music Education and Bible in 2002.
Heidi delights to share in her husband's music ministry at Calvary Baptist Church in Derby, KS, as she participates in the choir and ministers in other ways vocally and at the piano. Heidi also has many years of experience teaching piano lessons.
At home, Heidi keeps busy home-schooling her two boys and caring for her precious new baby triplets! (Follow her blog at somuchmore2014.blogspot.com) Aside from music, Heidi enjoys cooking, entertaining, scrap-booking, and home decorating.
NANCY BJOKNE Distribution Manager, Piano Arranger
Having applied herself to piano instruction in her growing-up years, Nancy has used her musical gift in many local churches and has expanded that ministry through arranging.
Early on as a mother, she diligently committed herself to training her two daughters (Heidi and Heather) to develop their own musical talent and appreciation. Today, she delights in the fruit of her labors as she and her daughters work together in the cooperative music efforts of FBS.
Nancy and her husband, Dan, currently reside in Ankeny, Iowa, where Dan is on staff at Faith Baptist Bible College. Having a long history giving piano instruction, Nancy plans to continue in her teaching. Living geographically right in between her two daughters, Nancy will often make trips to see one or the other (and, of, course, her 6 grandchildren!). Apart from music, Nancy enjoys home decorating and being involved in her local church.
ROB FULLER Orchestration Assistant, Composer/Arranger
Rob currently serves on staff as the Music Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Derby, Kansas. Part of his job involves musical composing for thematic sermons or special conferences. Other duties include organizing and leading the worship services, directing choral and instrumental groups, biblical counseling, teaching Sunday School and preaching when necessary.
Having his own mother as his high-school choir director kept Rob on his toes and significantly helped to shape him into an effective minister of music. In May of 2004, Rob graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music and Bible. In his spare time, he enjoys activities such as basketball, computers, learning to play new instruments, and reading.
Composers & Arrangers
Members & Assistants
JOHN SCHOPF Tour Member, Financial Assistant
John currently enjoys his full-time ministry at Lighthouse Baptist Church of Eau Claire, Wisonsin, where he serves as the senior pastor. Being in a pastoral role for eight years, he continues to rejoice in opportunities to grow and minister as a pastor.
Born and raised on the western side of Washington state, John came to the Midwest for Bible college, where he earned his Pastoral and Bible degrees and where he met his wife, Heather. John delights in reading theological books (or books in general), opportunities to meet with pastor friends, and Starbucks coffee.
DAN BJOKNE Financial/Sales Administrator
Dan is currently on staff at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa where he oversees the areas of business, dining and maintenance.
Having traveled internationally with his previous job and being an eye-witness to God's work in missionary church-plants, Dan’s heart has been enlarged with the work God is doing through the local church. Being in the ministry in some form or other for most of his working years, he delights to continue his work in the Bible college venue.
Dan takes great pride in his Norwegian/Minnesotan heritage, and enjoys being back in the Midwest where more frequent visits to his family and friends are more feasible. After a good day at work, Dan enjoys going on a walk, going out to eat with friends, and doing yard work.
Tour & CD Participants
Sophie grew up in a home where music was a part of every day. She learned to sing and play the piano at a young age, and was thrilled to use these talents at Faith Baptist Bible College, from which she graduated with a degree in Office Administration. Sophie serves as a secretary at Faith Baptist Church and at North Iowa Christian School in Mason City, Iowa. She adores her husband, Garth, and serves alongside him at church in music and children's ministries.
Stacy had a love for singing before she could even walk. From a little girl all the way through college, she took every opportunity God gave her to sing in church and in the community. Stacy thoroughly enjoys being a mom to their first-born daughter, Mackenzie. She loves being married, serving with her husband in their local church, exercising, cooking, and spending as much time in the sunshine as possible.
Jessica had the joy of participating in many various musical opportunities throughout her childhood on into college. Her husband serves the Lord as the Assistant Pastor at First Baptist Church in Polson, Montana, while Jessica serves with him, works part time at an elementary school, and runs a small baking business. In her spare moments, she enjoys time with her husband and friends, drinking coffee, hiking, and preparing for their first baby!
Tour Member & CD Violinist
Loving to practice her violin since she was 5, Rachel went on to earn her master's degree in violin performance from the University of Georgia in 2011. Later, a violinist and pianist became friends while traveling with the Pettit Evangelistic Team…two years later James and Rachel were married! They now serve together at Faith Baptist of Fredericksburg, Virginia, where James is the Music Pastor. Photography, her violin studio, eating healthy food, encouraging people, and adventures with James keep her busy!
Junior CD Vocalist
The one girl among her three brothers (and many other male cousins!), Reagan remains an un-phased girlie-girl who can play rough-and-tumble with the boys one minute and then pursue all things delicate the next. Gifted with creativity, she loves to assemble anything with glue, tape, paper, string, you-name-it. Reagan has been taking piano lessons for 2 years and is progressing nicely. She enjoys tending to her window sill “garden” and writing encouraging notes to others.
Junior CD Vocalist
Being all boy, Rhys is quite the rough and tough little fellow. He has no problem keeping up with his big brother and can certainly hold his own in a wrestling match. He loves playing with friends and neighborhood buddies and can often be found outside participating in just about any sports activity. Rhys is also involved in AWANA and children’s choir at church.
There are few pleasures greater than singing for Justus. Starting at a very young age singing in church and for special occasions, he quickly grew a passion for using his talent in church ministry. He attended WalkRight Baptist Bible Institute in Prudenville, MI, where he met his beautiful wife Kayla. They now faithfully serve at their church in Granada MN, as he pursues training for Pastoral Ministry.
Tour Member & CD Vocalist
Christa graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music. She is extremely active in music at her church, has taught voice and choral conducting, and is currently part of the choral group, Deo Cantamus, in Plymouth, MN. Her husband, Daniel, is the Associate Pastor the First Baptist Church in Milltown, WI. Her two boys, Marcus and Matthias, keep her busy with home-schooling and lots of activity. Christa loves to read, hike, and sing.
The efforts of Forever Be Sure intend to glorify God by composing, arranging, and performing message-based music with fresh, appropriate sounds that help God’s people accurately and passionately worship our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our aim and desire is to help fill an increasing void as we provide tasteful music that will spark a connection with the generation of saints in our era.
Since graduating with his Bible and Pastoral degrees in 2004, Andrew serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Soap Lake, Washington. He and his wife, Hannah, have ministered musically up through their college years, as well as currently in their local church. Andrew delights in handy-man adventures and going on excursions.
Tour Member & CD Vocalist
Dan has been actively involved in music education and performance up through his college years. He and wife Becky, along with their three children, currently reside in Minnesota, where Dan serves on staff at Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Plymouth, MN. Dan enjoys reading, watching/playing basketball, wrestling with his kids and a good cup of coffee.
Tour Member & Lyricist
Having a love for music, as well as collegiate training, Hannah has had many opportunities to use her gift of singing. She keeps busy as she assists her husband, Andrew, in his role as a pastor and as she cares for her five children. Hannah enjoys writing, word games, cooking, and quilting.
Junior CD Vocalist & Tour A/V Assistant
Completing his first decade of life, Jacob has been all that a parent could hope for in a first born child - faithfully helping with the needs of younger siblings, eager to read and learn, and desiring to grow more like His Savior. It is apparent that Jake has been gifted musically and is progressing quickly through his piano lesson books. He enjoys Legos, drawing and his new pocket knife that was rescued and restored from a snow pile!
Junior CD Vocalist
Griffen is full of life and energy. Being the oldest of five children, he strives to be a godly leader and helper. Griffen loves Legos and spends hours building airplanes and space crafts. Being very involved in AWANA and children’s choir, and with his dad being one of his pastors, church is like Griffen’s second home where he enjoys spending long hours. Griffen does well in school and is growing in his piano and singing abilities. He accepted Jesus as His personal Savior in February 2011.
Daniel was blessed with two parents who loved God, loved music, and taught him to love God with music. He began singing solos at age six, sometimes singing in Russian as his family served as missionaries in Russia. Daniel is a classical tenor and has blessed audiences around the country with soul-stirring renditions of favorite hymns and songs. In 2015 he released is first solo CD, The End of Myself, a carefully chosen collection of both old and new—but always deeply meaningful—songs, presented in fresh and inspiring settings. View details at DanielCraigTenor.com.
Singing before she could even remember, Amelia Johnson has enjoyed studying music for most of her life. She grew up singing anywhere and everywhere, participating in her church's choir and taking music lessons. Now studying Communications at Maranatha Baptist University, Amelia still takes voice lessons for personal enrichment and sings in Madrigal, the university choir. She is a native of northwest Wisconsin from the small town of Grantsburg. Alongside music, her hobbies include running, hunting, being outdoors, serving in her local church and participating in dramatic productions at college.
Stacie grew up singing in various choirs and taking piano lessons. She is currently involved in her church’s music ministry, as well as various community events and weddings. She has a Masters in Social Work and works part-time at a local Christian-based residential facility for teenage boys. She adores her husband, Daniel, and delights in adventures with their little girl, Bailey. In her free time, she enjoys decorating her home, scrap booking, spending time outdoors, exercising, playing board games, and traveling.
After growing up singing with his family (including 12 siblings), Rick obtained a music performance degree at Pensacola Christian College. Rick now lives in Boston, GA with his wife, Bethany, and son, Ronan. He develops web applications at a software company and serves as youth director at Boston Baptist Church. Rick has relished many opportunities to sing, including musicals, operas, and church and community music groups. Rick enjoys barbershop harmony, web design, teaching, and family time.