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The ACB Praise Band

The ACB Praise Band leads worship at the 1:30 pm Contemporary Gospel Praise Service.

 

 

You are invited to join us on Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm to rehearse and help lead the Praise Worship each Sunday at 1:30 pm as a musician or tech support.

 

 

Please contact our Contemporary Worship Leader, Eva Diestel, if you would like to join this group
(acbpraise@americanchurchberlin.de).

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Meet the Band!

evAEva Diestel

ACB's Praise Band leader. I am very happy to have this opportunity to bring more people to Christ through praise music at the American Church in Berlin. I first came to the ACB with ACB Chamber Choir Director, Travis Shaw. I immediately felt at home and have had the chance to accompany all of ACB's choirs over the past four years – Chamber Choir, Contemporary Choir and Gospel Choir. I co-founded the 50 member gospel choir Marvelous Praise and currently play in my Christian praise band, Abraxas. I feel I am most at home when playing gospel and jazz piano, but I also enjoy playing alto saxophone and guitar.
The ACB Praise Band has been a great new challenge for me. I was happy to help start a contemporary worship service when I was asked to in 2014. From designing worship fliers to recruiting musicians, I have enjoyed most every minute of this work! I lead the Praise Band and Choir from the piano/keyboard and I am blessed to work with this wonderful group of musicians and singers.

LisaLisandra Borras

My name is Lisandra Borras, but the short and my favorite version of it is "Lisa" Wink. I come from Cuba and since I can remember singing and music have been a part of me. From Boleros to Son, Jazz to Country, Blues to Soft-rock. But the main dish, so I would say, is Gospel. There is nothing for me as beautiful and live-changing as singing to God, Allmighty! I came to Deutschland to study and suddenly I found myself doing also what I'm meant to be: to Sing out!!!

 

KristenKristen Burson

grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She moved to Berlin in August 2014 as an Alexander van Humboldt fellow to conduct physics research.  At that time she also joined the American Church in Berlin and subsequently the praise band.  Kristen started learning guitar in college while working as a camp counselor at a Christian summer camp and has enjoyed using her guitar as an instrument of praise ever since.  Prior to coming to Berlin, she played with "Joyful Noise" while completing her doctoral work at University of Maryland.

angieAngela "Angie" Eren

singer, guitarist, song-writer, born in the USSR, moved to Berlin in 2001, joined the ACB in 2007.
She is a pedagogue and an executive director of a provider of Child Welfare Services W&W Wunderkids GmbH.

 Claudia Askes-Blum

God works in many ways… in 2017 the Lord lead my Dutch husband (back then fiancé) and me (a German born in the beautiful town of Heidelberg) to ACB, because we were looking for an English-speaking church where we could get married. Little did we know how big a part of our lives ACB would become in the course of the following year. Not only did we get married at ACB in 2018, but we also found our spiritual home here.

Welcomed with open arms at our first visit to a worship service at ACB, the late Kristi Kienberger heard me talking about how much I enjoyed the music of the Praise Band and immediately asked me if I could sing or play an instrument. I told her that I have been singing in choirs, music groups, and school musicals since Kindergarten, so Kristi immediately took me by the hand and introduced me to Eva and Karin of the Praise Band ... within a few weeks, I was singing in the Praise Band as well as in the Chamber Choir. A little more than a year later, I cannot imagine my life without ACB and the Praise Band anymore. Not only has the Praise Band helped me find my way back to faith and God, but they have also become family. Singing with them brings me closer to God and provides a little haven during which the worries of the world do not matter so much anymore, and I couldn’t be more grateful for that. 

KARINKarin von Rosen

You could say I discovered my voice by God’s Grace in a tiny Episcopalian chapel in Vista, New York when I was 12 years of age. My mother had taken me along to church for the first time (besides Christmas and the occasional Easter services) and had me stand next to her to fill up space in the almost empty choir loft with 3 other singers plus the organist, who was also the choir director. Amazingly, there in this small place filled with God’s Spirit and inspired by a guitar swinging young pastor, my voice blossomed and a passion for singing God’s Praises was kindled. During high school and college years I continued to sing in many choirs, ensembles, quartets and musical theater productions. Upon arrival in Berlin over 30 years ago, I joined the Berliner Kammer Chor. After a small “Baby-Pause” I found ACB, and ACB found me! Already at my second visit whilst church-hopping, looking for a church home, I was warmly welcomed into the fold and invited to sing in the Chamber Choir. Later I joined the Contemporary and Gospel Choirs, wafter ACB moved to the Lutherkirche in 2002.  When the Praise Service was envisioned in 2014 I felt a deep call to explore this new, exciting opportunity to celebrate God’s amazing love at ACB, not yet realizing what a gift this music and type of service would be for me personally. Since then the service and the band have grown incredibly by the Grace of God. I have been deeply touched and moved by the music, the meditations and relationships which have grown out of this small family of musicians in this last year. It’s such a joy and privilege to work and grow together under Eva Diestel’s wonderful leadership.

Katrin Radicke

"He who sings prays twice." St. Augustine

My name is Katrin Radicke. I am an elementary school teacher and a music teacher. Singing is my passion. I joined the ACB Praise Band in 2016. I am grateful that God has led me to the American Church in Berlin.

 

 Michael Glöckner

 My name is Michael Glöckner and I’m the bass player in the Praise Band since March 2017. I love to make music, whether french horn, bass or singing. So I'm happy to be in ACB.

 

We are an ecumenical, international church. Our members come from more than 17 Christian denominations and 30 different nations. With all the diversity of our backgrounds, we are united by our Christian faith, the English language and the spirit of generosity that appreciates and rejoices in our differences as well as in all we have in common as Christian sisters and brothers.

Sunday Worship: 11:00 AM

Sunday Gospel Praise Worship: 1:30 PM

Sunday School (Sundays) 11:00 AM during worship

Confirmation: (Sundays) 12:15 to 1:15 PM

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