Episode 46: Eric Heilman – Worship Leadership & Playing with Charlie Peacock

Eric Heilman – Worship Leadership & Playing with Charlie Peacock
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Eric Heilman –
“I grew up playing jazz and pop in Sacramento, playing with a variety of musicians in there and in San Francisco, working mostly as a bass player on fretted, fretless, and acoustic bass. I played briefly with Charlie Peacock and recorded several songs on Charlie’s early albums. Eventually moving to San Francisco, I began playing piano more often and led a jazz and R&B band in small clubs there and in the East Bay. I met my wife Pam while teaching in an elementary school in San Francisco, made a decision for Christ shortly after the birth of my son Max in 1995, and moved to Long Beach to start a family.
I dropped out of music for a couple of years after that, eventually finding my way back after being recruited to sing in a church choir, and then developing skills as a worship leader in contemporary settings. I’ve been serving as worship leader in some capacity in several churches since then, and currently serve as Worship Coordinator at my home church, Bridges Church, in Long Beach, were I’m frequently joined in the worship team by my son Max, who is a fine drummer, and my daughter Abigail (19), who is a gifted singer, pianist, dancer and actress. My youngest, Grace (14), is also a piano player and until recently also an active ballet dancer.
Pam and are are amazed at the way the LORD has worked in our lives and our family – He led me to a career change in 2001, when I began teaching math to middle schoolers at Calvary Christian School in Pacific Palisades. Pam now serves as director of the Academic Resource Center there, and we together suffer a daily commute on the 405, but also share the joy of pointing children to God’s goodness. “


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Intersect showcases interviews with musicians who were once/or still are prominent Christian music artist, discussing how their encounter with Christ not only influenced the direction and intent of their music, but also the direction and intent of their individual lives.

Host Aaron “The A-Train” Smith is a Nashville-based drummer and percussionist. At the age of 20, Aaron Smith played drums on The Temptations‘ Grammy-Winning megahit “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“. Aaron has recorded, performed and toured with artists including Ray Charles, Romeo Void, The 77s, Rich Mullins and Jimmy Abegg. An autographed pair of Smith’s drumsticks can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, next to a pair of sticks used by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.