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Wayne Hindson talked with Tiffany Hammer about her role in Elevation Worship, being a pastor’s kid and her own faith journey
Can you tell us about your faith journey and how you ended up getting into worship?
I grew up as a pastor’s kid and if anyone has any experience with that, a lot of times you can kind of be thrown into roles because the other person didn’t show up to do it. Long story short I felt like I had started leading worship based out of a place of need for our youth group at a very young age and through that I felt like God had opened up my heart and I fell in love with the presence of God that moment where you knew God’s presence was in the room. I began to crave this moment. I’d always loved to sing but it wasn’t till I was placed in that position, probably before I was ready to be. It felt like God has anointed me to lead worship in this season. I went to college
If it’s anything that I have been a part, songs that I’ve been writing, I’m always critiquing it and it’s never quite where I want it to be. As far as other worship, I love worship so much, that I have no problem with. I’m able to get pass the head and go straight through to the heart.
As a kid were you thankful or was it hard, having to fill the gaps in roles in the church, as a pastor’s child?
In full honesty, it was probably both. A lot of times it was “Hey can you work in nursery today”? And I never wanted to do that. But other opportunities like worship, I had always liked to sing. Kind of finding my giftings throughout that. Looking back, it was such an honour because I did get a lot of experience in different areas of ministry and behind the scenes stuff. I’m thankful that I had a good experience because I know that some people don’t always have a great experience with being raised in the church.
Getting exposure with all the different areas of church. It is a beautiful thing to allow your kids to experience different things and what lights the fire in them and sparks in their heart.