Anberlin’s Stephen Christian Takes Pastoral Role at Florida Church
Anberlin lead vocalist Stephen Christian has accepted a ministerial position at Grace Family Church in Tampa, Florida, the musician revealed Monday (Aug. 26) in a statement with photos posted online.
The group's recent reunion tour — their first such outing in five years — kicked off earlier this summer. However, drummer Nate Young warned listeners not to expect a permanent comeback. ("We're not getting back together for Anberlin to be our career," he told Australia's Wall of Sound in April.) Now, Christian has made new career plans for himself. See the images the singer shared with his statement down toward the bottom of this post.
"So excited to announce that I’ve taken a Pastoral role at [Grace Family Church in Tampa]," Christian said. "Special thanks to Pastor Craig and the South Tampa community for the warm reception!"
Anberlin first appeared on the rock scene in 2002, releasing seven studio albums before calling in quits in 2014. Prior to this year's reunion from the act, the band previously got back together for a one-off performance supporting Underoath on the final stop of that outfit's late-2018 "Erase Me" campaign.
It's currently unclear exactly what type of pastoral role Christian is assuming in the organization. The branch website's South Tampa pastors and staff page has yet to be updated to reflect the change.
According to Grace Family Church's main site, the place of worship represents "a non-denominational, Bible-based church in Tampa, Florida with a diverse, multi-cultural population" that has "a passion for you to experience the love of Jesus Christ and to discover God’s plan for your life."
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