10 Questions with ... Phil Wickham
October 7, 2013
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
- 2002 Give You My World Independent
- 2006 Phil Wickham INO
- 2007 Cannons INO
- 2009 Heaven & Earth INO
- 2011 Response Fair Trade Services
- 2013 The Ascension Fair Trade Services
1. Brief history....birthplace, childhood, schools, jobs, current hometown
I was born in San Diego, CA and I grew up in Orange County, CA. I moved back to San Diego when I was in Jr. High and I've lived there ever since!
2. What does a normal day at home look like for you?
A normal day at home usually consists of husbanding, fathering, music-ing and eating. A lot of times, this happens all at once.
3. What's the song that you just can't get out of your head right now? Why do you like it so much?
I'm currently looking for a song to get stuck in my head. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
4. How do you juggle life on the road with wanting to be home? How much do you travel, what are the challenges?
Sometimes, it really feels like a balancing act. I am blessed with an amazing wife/best friend who is very gracious and supportive. I couldn't do this without her.
5. What's the biggest "God moment" that you've ever experienced, personal or professional?
When I realized I needed him and he started living in my heart.
6. What's the last book you read?
The last book I read was the Book of John... in the Bible.
Spoiler Alert: The lead character dies, but doesn't stay dead.
7. Tell us about how you became a believer. What caused you to want to serve God in full time ministry?
I have amazing parents who made Jesus very real to me at a young age. When I was 12, God chose to reveal Himself to me in a bigger way then ever before, and I realized that I could have a relationship with him apart from church or my parents. That's when I really started to follow Him.
8. Take us thru 2-3 songs on your latest project "The Ascension". What's the "story behind the song", how is it impacting audiences?
"When My Heart Is Torn Asunder" is a song about the hope that we have in God. At the end of the sorrow, there is joy. At the end of fear, there is love. At the end of the storm, there is peace. At the end of this life, there is Jesus.
"This Is Amazing Grace" is song that celebrates the love and grace of God. How amazing is a God that can speak the universe into existence and then love us enough to die for us to set us free!
"The Ascension" is a song about running towards the presence of God, desiring more of Him, diving deeper and reaching higher.
9. If you could go back and change three events/decisions in your life, what would they be, and why?
I think they all have something to do with food poisoning and that one time my finger got stuck in some bars at a playground. My body kept moving and my finger stayed in one place.
10. Person you'd most like to have a discussion with, living or dead.....Deities are excused from this question
If I could have two it would be Mary, Jesus' mom, and Peter.
1. Favorite Bible verse....life verse. Why?
I'm bad with choosing a favorite of anything.
Lately I've been trying to ingrain these words into my brain:
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things." - Philippians 4:7-8
2. Funniest or most embarrassing moment?
I don't get embarrassed that easily. There was one time I tried jumping up onto the drum riser in the middle of a concert. I miscalculated and ended up falling into the drums. It was pretty bad.
3. What artist or pastor has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
If you can call C. S. Lewis an artist...or a pastor, then I would choose him. I have read his books more than any other author. The Narnia books brought me closer to God as a child. His headier ones have helped me see things of God in fresh and bigger ways.