10 Questions with ... All Things New
July 29, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- Garrett Todd Hornbuckle - Vocals
- Jeffrey Dale "Jeff" Stein - Guitar, Vocals
- Joshua Anthony Schou - Bass
- Luke Stephen Wycuff - Drums
- 2013 All Things New BEC Recordings
1. Brief Synopsis, Introduction.....
My name is Luke Wycuff and I play drums for All Things New. I was born in West Palm Beach, FL where I lived for six years. Our family moved to Deltona, FL to plant a church with another family where we still live and serve today. Growing up, I was heavily involved in sports, the church, and chasing girls around the playground. I went to local public schools and after graduating high school in '09, I started online college courses and worked full time at the best grocery store in the world, Publix. As God moved and opened doors for myself and All Things New, I stepped down from Publix and dropped my courses to pursue music ministry full-time.
2. What's a day at home like? What do you do when not on the road?
When we are not traveling, I like to soak up as much time as possible with my family. I really don't have much on my agenda, aside from ATN practice, that doesn't involve either my brothers, nieces, parents, or my loving-supportive girlfriend of six years. Things we do include: golfing, movies, eating sushi (my personal favorite), going to the beach, and more recently, watching HGTV.
3. What tune can you just not get out of your head right now?
My jam right now is "Made Alive" by the Mars Hill Church band Citizens. I love the message and I believe it is a song the church needs right now. It's a song that declares that we are justified by faith through Jesus Christ alone because His blood defeated our sins. This is a huge truth. Because of Jesus' blood, when God looks into ours hearts, He's sees the perfection of His Son rather than our brokenness, and I for one am extremely thankful for that.
4. How do you juggle life on the road with quality family time?
For me, this is my biggest struggle. Like I stated before, I'm extremely close to my family, so not seeing them for weeks and months at a time is tough. Technology is big help in this because now you have things like Skype and FaceTime alongside texting and calling to help keep in touch. If we are touring we are usually gone for one to three months. During the summer, however, we are gone for a week here and a week there which is far easier to manage.
5. What's the biggest "God Moment" you've ever experienced?
This is going to be a long one! My biggest God moment would probably be when God called me to music ministry back at a Passion conference in 2010. This is so significant to me because at this time in my life, I had been really hurt by the church and had pretty much given up on it all together. I had stepped away from All Things New, serving in worship at my church, and I even distanced myself to the point of maybe making an appearance twice a month at church. While I blamed my job, I know now the devil had used my hurt to create a foothold in my life. With a very hard heart, I went to Passion and like only God can do, He replaced my heart of stone with a heart of flesh and spoke healing over me. One evening session, Chris Tomlin was leading, and as I went after God in worship in this newfound freedom, I remember Him clearly saying He wanted me in ministry, specifically music ministry which absolutely blew my mind. A month or so after this experience at Passion, I was asked back into ATN. And about two years after that, we signed with BEC Recordings where we are now serving God in the ministry that He called me to way back in 2010. God has restored my hurt and resentment toward the church and turned them into a longing to be apart of the movement that He promised is the hope of the world.
6. What's the last book you read?
The last book I read was actually a re-read (because it's that good) of a book I read a couple months ago titled, "Grace" by Max Lucado. This book just outlines what true grace looks like. Lucado argues that we settle for cheap, wimpy grace rather than the powerful, all-encompassing grace that God is offering us. We don't have to clean up to come to God, but rather take our brokenness to God and let Him clean it up for us. He writes, "Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off." Our salvation has nothing to do with what we bring to the table, it's by God's grace alone we are saved. It's truly an amazing book. I would say it's a must read.
7. How did you reach the decision to follow Christ?
Well, my call to ministry is also my big 'God Moment' but I became a believer through my family. My mom and dad both lead me to Christ at a very young age and my dad also got to baptize me. Without the God fearing parents I am blessed to have, I don't know if I would have been serving as I am now.
8. Tell us about a few of the songs on your debut album "All Things New".
Our current single "Washed Over Me" was birthed in the studio a week before we were going to record our debut album. We wanted to write an up-beat, joyful song that spoke hope from beginning to end all about what God's love had done in our lives. It's all about the amazing fact that God's great love has washed over us and cleansed us from our sin, setting us free to live a joy-filled life for Him.
A song that is special to me personally on our album is the second track titled "In Your Reach". We wrote this about a buddy of mine who before he met Christ struggled with never feeling accepted. While giving his testimony one evening he said the words, "I felt too far gone to be loved or accepted." This really broke my heart as I began to think about all the other people out there who are feeling that way as well. So this song was written for the person who feels like they have wandered too far from God to be loved and used by Him. It doesn't matter how far you seem, you are always in the reach of God and there's nothing you could do to separate yourself from His love.
9. If you could go back and change anything in your life, what would it be and why?
If I could go back and change anything, it would probably be the decision to follow in my father's footsteps of picking Cleveland professional sports as my favorite because they are all seemingly the worst in their respective leagues.
I believe the good and bad decisions I have made, God has used to shape and teach me. So I wouldn't remove even the ugliest of days because they serve an eternal purpose beyond my understanding. The Cleveland Browns though.. Well, maybe God is teaching me patience. I guess I would even have to keep Cleveland pride now that I think about it.
10. Who would you most like to meet and have a conversation with, living or dead? (Deities are excused from this question)
I would love to meet and talk with Matt Chandler. His book "Explicit Gospel" was one of the most influential tools God has used in my life in the last year to truly grow me in my view of God and what He's about which is ultimately His glory, period. He just really stirs my affections for Jesus and I would love to pick his brain about his experiences in ministry!
1. What is your life verse?
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4 This is my life verse because its the hardest piece of scripture for me to swallow. I'm naturally extremely selfish and self-seeking and this verse reminds me to have the attitude of my Savior who though He was God, didn't consider that something to be grasped but rather emptied Himself for us all.
2. Funniest or most embarrassing moment while traveling?
Funniest moment for me to date was running out of gas in Montana, hitch-hiking with a semi driver with Jeff, getting the gas at a bar of all places, then hitch-hiking back in the back of a pickup truck driven by a teenager with an impeccable mullet. Sounds like a good time, right? It was, I promise.