Quotes from "the road"


I wanted to drop a note to say thank you; thank you for your passion, thank you for your ministry, and thank you for your hearts.  

At family time on Saturday night, the group I was with really took to heart what you had to say at campfire.  Some of them felt convicted by God and others just wanted to pray and say thanks.  I know when I was in middle school, I did not grasp fully who God was or what He did for me, but these kids did.  We prayed during family time for everyone at the event.  We prayed about what they just heard and that God would open their hearts and minds so they may lay their problems down at the cross.  It was a moving experience to hear what each of them had to say and how fired up they were about spreading what they learned at the event to their friends.  They were already making lists of how to spread the good news to their non-Christian friends and their Christian friends.  What a blessing.

So again, thank you!  May God continue to bless your ministry. 
Mary Schmelz
Event Director, Youth Encounter

"Jacob's Road was incredible. Seldom do you see such a good balance of musicianship and tangibility. They impressed the audience with a great sound full of hooks, an engaging performance, and then blew them away with a firm handshake and a genuine smile. The music was fun to listen to and had something very important to say. Their music was excellent; it's obvious they're not content to give God mediocrity when it comes to their music. They're ministry stretches far beyond music into relationships. They were always with the kids for meals and Bible studies. They were easy to work with and a pleasure to be with. I was impressed with how great they were as individuals as well as a band. Jacob's Road is everything I'm looking for when I plan events. Jacob's Road is all the "Rock" with out the "Star" and I'm excited for the next time we'll work together."
Jon Henderson
Youth Encounter Event Ministry Director

"Jacob's Road's passion for ministry is evident in their music and the genuine way they share themselves with their audience.  The Gospel message comes through loud and clear and is shared in a way that is relevant to today's youth and adults, alike.  As if their stage presentation weren't enough, their desire to connect with their audience off stage and their warm, welcoming personalities make them a great addition to any Event!  You really feel like you get to know them on a personal level!"
Jennifer O. Miller
National Events Ministry Director
Youth Encounter, Shoreview, MN


Thanks for an awesome weekend!  My 13 year old daughter REALLY needed it!  The kids (and adults too!) had a fantastic time.  When we got back to Cape Girardeau we asked the kids to rate their weekend from 1-10, 1 being terrible, 10 being the best weekend they've ever had.  My daughter, Allison, rated it a 9!  YAY!!!!!  She bought your CD and hasn't stopped listening to it yet.  I'm so thankful for your willingness to share everything you shared about your lives, your faith and your music.  Keep up the GREAT work!  If you're ever going to be in Cape Girardeau, MO sometime please PLEASE PLEASE let us know so we can hook up!!!!  All of Cape Girardeau would be blessed to see and hear you! Thank you for reaching out to us all...my daughter cried a lot and become closer to her Heavenly Father this weekend!  Praise God!!!!
Colleen H.

Trinity Lutheran Church
Cape Girardeau, MO

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Angie Williams, Director, United Methodist Youth Ministry
Glen Allen, VA

"We have had several wonderful experiences with Jacob's Road.  Mark and Carrie bring legitimacy and vitality to a Christian music scene that is often lethargic and stale.  If you desire a fire-breathing encounter with the Living God in a worshipful setting under the anointed leadership of two relevant yet godly people, then you need to experience Jacob's Road. There is no other Christian act like them."
Chad Kingsbury, Pastor of Student Ministries
First United Methodist Church, Columbus, MS

"Jacob's Road has the ability to transform any location into a true house of worship for our Lord! I have asked them to perform in front of both large and small groups and they come without hesitation and bless our hearts with their powerful music. I would recommend them to anybody that wants to hear the purity of God's message through song."
Alan Teel, BCM Director
JSCC, Jackson, TN

"Mark and Carrie are a terrific couple who displayed the goodness of God through their music.  They have been gifted with an ability to connect with people on and off the stage.  Their music reflects a deep relationship with Christ and the reality of it in their lives.  Thanks!"
Evan Albertyn, College & Young Adult Pastor
Central Church of God, Charlotte, NC

"Jacob's Road was hired to spend a week on our Youth Mission Week event playing music for morning devotions, visiting youth at the work sites and music for evening worship BUT they went the extra mile by working closely with youth groups to plan worship services, motivating teens on the work site in 105 degree weather by painting along side them, running around Jackson, TN, purchasing supplies when the staff was overworked, carting ladders and just having the most wonderful servant spirits you could ask for!!!  Don't hesitate to be in ministry alongside Jacob's Road!  Their faith and commitment will bless your event more
than you could ever dream!"
Rev. Deborah Suddarth,
Memphis Conference of The United Methodist Church

"As a youth pastor, one of my greatest concerns is making sure our students are exposed to spirit led worship.  We were able to witness a holy hunger come alive in the worship of Jacob's Road.  Our students were immersed in an atmosphere of Jesus-focused praise.  I would not hesitate to have them at any of our youth events."
Brad Morris, Youth Pastor
1st Assembly of God, Mayfield, KY

"Well done, thou good and faithful servant!  We appreciate your obedience to the Lord!  Your message and attitude of worship before God is truly touching and ministering to hearts and lives.  Truly, we were inspired and refreshed by the ministry that God has given to each of you!"
Troy Farris, Senior Pastor
Victory Praise Church, Joplin, MO

"I was really impressed with the servant attitude I saw in Jacob's Road.  They did not try to 'wow' us with their talent, but were very intent upon leading and involving students in true worship."
Dave Amsler, District Youth Director
Kentucky District of Assemblies of God

"We just returned from our district spring retreat where we invited Jacob's Road to lead the weekend.  They were TERRIFIC!   The youth fell right in love with them.  The music was awesome, their message was awesome and they were fun to get to know. I would HIGHLY recommend them for any group/district looking for a band!"
Tim Craft, Roanoke District Director
Bonsack UMC, Roanoke, VA

"As a youth minister with 15 years experience I have worked with a lot of bands.  Jacob's Road is by far the best I have ever worked with.  They have an awesome sound. More importantly, they minister to students.  Mark and Carrie took time with each student to meet each need.  They are spiritual giants allowing themselves to be used by God. They are great and minister to everyone they come in contact with."
Kevin P. Sellars, Minister of Students
Trenton Street Baptist Church, Harriman, TN


Hey guys,
I have to say I'm going through the worst case of Post-youth-event-blues I've ever had in my entire life. I feel like I should be going to a trek or a celebration any minute or running around finding people to invite to meals/family time/anything really...

On a more serious note, thanks for all the help saturday night. It really meant a lot to me. As I'm writing this, I'm listening to 'I Choose Trust,' which is slightly ironic because that's what really started my whole Jesus moment. I didn't get the chance to tell you today, but I went to my room after campfire and let God take the reigns and ended up having a two hour trek with my room and the conjoined room next to me, and I think if I wouldn't have stayed that that wouldn't have happened.I don't know if you saw, but I was so shaken up that my legs kept twitching and I was having a slightly difficult time standing. It took pretty much the whole elevator ride to the seventh floor and the 15 or so minutes that I was in 722 to get my strength back, though not entirely...Thanks again for your service!
In Christ,

The music was spectacular. Great Job. Even though you weren't the event speakers, your words were touching all the same. I really feel like I learned many things this event. Chicago 2 was the best Youth Quake I've been to. I just hope that many other people feel the same way so that they can learn how to help others to be rescued.
~Tracy H.

Hey, my name is Stephanie and I'm in 8th grade. I just saw you guys at the Youth Quake in Chicago, and I fell in love with you guys. During campfire, everything you said actually went into my heart and inspired me to do better in life. You guys are amazing and I love you.
God Bless You

Hi! I just want to say that Chicago II Youth Quake was a blast with you there! I don't know if you would remember, but this is Natalie! Breanna and Mandi also say hi! You guys are the best and we all love you so much!!! Thank you for spreading your worship with all of the youth at Youth Quake!!! You guys ROCK!

Lots of love-
P.S. You really are awesome and touched all of our hearts!

I just returned from an absolutely wonderful weekend of praise and worship at Eagle Eyrie. Jacob's Road brought a wonderful life and spirit to my experience and I was front row center at every single performance/ worship service. I really connect to God through music more than any other way and I loved both you and the band and all of the laughter and amusement you brought to the weekend. I wanted to very sincerely thank all of Jacob's Road from the bottom of my heart for making this weekend the greatest experience of my life. That is the closest I've felt to God in my entire life. Thanks again.
Rachel D.

Hi Jacob's Road!!!!
I LOVED all the songs you played at the Virginia Conference UMC high school Retreat in Lynchburg, VA.  You guys did an AWSOME job! You guys were the best band we ever had!! That was the best retreat I have ever been on, too. God Bless!

I just wanted to thank all of you again.  You were so encouraging and uplifting to a lot of youth here.  You have all been truly blessed by God.  I've realized this weekend that I have to step out of my comfort zone for God to use me the way He made me to be used--to "tell the world that Jesus lives!"  There is another girl in my group that is a new Christian.  She loves music and didn't know about Christian music, really, but she was so encouraged in her faith from your music.  God bless each of you and your ministry!
Forever a servant,
Emily B

Hi my name is Megan! I just got back yesterday from the Youth Quake in Cincinati. I just wanted to let you guys know that I had a GREAT time!!!! I am 13 years old and am in love with your music. It has changed my life so much! Now I can put your CD in and everything seems okay! I also wanted to let you know that during the Youth Quake I changed my life and am now letting God into it! I feel much happier now that I did! So thanks so much!
P.S     Even though some people say that bands like you can't help teens and adults get involved with Jesus, I strongly disagree!  So please keep helping teens and others change their lives by playing your music! Thanks again!

I just wanted to let you know that you have helped me be able to find Christ and make Him part my life and how to give Him complete control. I loved the campfire time so much that it almost brought tears to my eyes. I just wanted to let you know that you have opened a whole entire door for me. I love you guys. Always stay in Christ
Your fan,
Tiffany W.

St Louis, MO

I just got back from the Youth Encounter Quake in St. Louis and really, really enjoyed Jacob's Road!!!  I had so much fun! I really had a connection with you guys.  I had somewhat of a faith before but now my faith is as strong as ever and am looking forward to spending all of my days with Christ in my heart and as my rock!  Thank you so much again. You've touched me in a way that no one else could. 
St Louis, MO