CHRIS R. HANSEN
4561 Hidden Ridge Dr.
Hudsonville, Michigan 49426
home (616) 662- 4024 cell (616) 481- 2499
Birth date: 5-13-57
Spouse: Nancy Lou; Medical Technologist (1-6-57)
Sons: Nathan Christopher (12-15-89)
Geoffrey Michael (9-23-92)
Seminary: Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland Oregon
1984-1987; Masters of Arts in Church Music
College: Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Michigan
1975-1980, B. A. Music Education
Major: Instrumental Education
Minors: Applied Trumpet and Music Theory (with studies in Vocal Music and Piano)
High School: Greenville High School, Greenville, Michigan
Recent Ministry Experience and Leadership
Hark Up Music, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2006 – current – Executive Director – www.harkup.com
A non-profit worship and arts ministry whose goals include:
1) Using creative avenues and programs of music and other artistic venues in bringing
the gospel message of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to the community.
2) Offering opportunities for entire families to be involved in these avenues and
programs because of its inter-generational approach.
3) Involving and mentoring youth for the purpose of training them as the future worship
and church music leadership of tomorrow.
4) Creating exciting God honoring musical and artistic events.
Responsibilities include directing the Hark Up Horns of Power, directing various praise band configurations for events
and services in churches and the community, and artistic director of WCSG’s Hark Up, a high energy community
Christmas outreach event involving from 250- 400 people.
Free-lance music arranger, composer, programmer, and church consultant
This work includes arranging musical works churches and civic groups as well as producing and recording commercial
projects. See Hark Up Productions listed below. Clients, projects and churches include: Adoption Associates; Corey
Emerson of Story Telling Pictures; Faith Church, Indiana; Glen Bulthuis; Greenville High School; Gun Lake Chapel;
Keith and Kristine Getty (through Parkside Church); Kentwood Community Church; Music arrangements for clients in
Singapore, Norway, Sweden, Austrailia, Africa,; Parkside Church (Alistair Begg – senior pastor); Praise Charts
1999-2003 (staff arranger); Rescue 1 Fire Saftey; Sandy Pines; Sound Post Studios; South Baptist Church of Lansing;
SoZo Productions; Spring Lake Wesleyan Church; Sunset Association and many, many more.
Fair Haven Ministries, Hudsonville, Michigan
1994 – 2006 –Pastor of Worship and Arts
A congregation affiliated with the Reformed Church of American currently with an average service attendance of
between 1200–2800 with a peak in attendance of 2800 from 2000-2001. Responsibilities include leading corporate
worship services, serving on the MLT (Ministry Leadership Team), Pastoring, equipping and leading 125-200
participants in the worship and arts ministry.
Calvary Undenominational Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
1994 – 2003 again from 2004-2006 Saturday Night Music Director (concurrently with the Ministry at Fair Haven)
A 4000+ member congregation which sponsored a seeker ministry call Saturday Night Live under the leadership of Ed
Dobson and Rob Bell with attendances of between 200-1200 from 1994-2005. Responsibilities include coordinating
musicians, directing the music for the services, arranging and charting secular music and worship music for the
programs which included styles from rock, blues, funk, and jazz.
Educational Ministry and Music Leadership
Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon
1987 - 1991 Music staff and instructor assistant to Dr. Gordon Borror and the music department. Responsibilities
included teaching classes on music theory, history, arranging, composition, contemporary, harmony, MIDI (computers
and music), worship and the dramatic arts. Also served on the leadership team and clinician of Maximum Music
Seminars; yearly seminars which attracted music and worship leaders. Music arranger for Heirborn, a men's chorale
and special events coordinator. Also served on a contract basis from 1993 -1994 as an arranger and coordinator of some
Multnomah School of the Bible & Music, Portland, Oregon
1989 - 1991 Adjunct Music Faculty responsible for teaching music courses in theory and aural comprehension
Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon
1989 - 1990 Music educator responsible for mentoring, teaching and directing student music group
Other Ministry and Music Leadership
2007 – 2008. Adjunct faculty
1999 - current - A cutting edge contemporary Christmas ticketed out reach of Fair Haven Ministries
Creative and Artistic Director
Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts
1997 – current. Serving as the coordinator of religious and gospel music presentations for the yearly three day event.
One Voice Productions (The Singing Christmas Tree), Portland, Oregon
1992 - 1995 Staff Music Arranger and Assistant for productions
A Para church organization which presents four community musical events; the largest being a 450 voice singing
Christmas tree. Responsibilities include arranging original music for the choir and orchestra; assisting the musicians
union with contracting, instrumentalists, preparing orchestral library, and general assistance with the production team.
Freelance Music Recording Producer
1991-1994 Producing numerous full length CD recordings as well as commercial projects throughout the greater
Portland Oregon area.
Mountain Park Church, Lake Oswego, Oregon
1991 - 1992 Pastor of Worship and Arts
Sunset Presbyterian Church, Portland , Oregon
1989 - 1991 Minister of Worship, Music and the Arts
West Hills Covenant Church, Portland, Oregon
1985 - 1989 Minister of Worship and the Arts (part time)
Countryside Community Church, Portland, Oregon
1994 Interim Worship Pastor (Church Plant)
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Portland, Oregon
1993 Interim Organist/Pianist
Multnomah School of the Bible, Portland, Oregon
1989 - 1991 Adjunct Music Faculty
Lion's Light Productions, Portland, Oregon
1989 -1992 Founder and Artistic Director
Hark Up Entertainment (HUE) (formerly FH arts Productions)
1996 – current. Founder and Director. Specializing in providing unique musical expressions for various cooperate,
civic and commercial events. Clients have included: US Woodworkers Association; Celebration of America,
Muskegon Michigan; Hope College; Grand Rapids Community College; Lowell Show Boat; Grand Rapids Bar
Association; Holland American Wafer Company; Pine Rest Christian Hospital; Gordon Foods; Prince Corporation
(Elsa Prince); Huizenga Capital, Chicago Ill.; Crystal Cathedral, Garden Groove CA; Reformed Church of America;
Consumers Power Company; City of Zeeland Michigan; City of Cadillac Michigan, Christian Reformed Church World
Relief; City of Walker Michigan; Day of the Young Child, Zeeland Michigan; Maranatha Bible Conference; Lescoa
Corporation, (Tom and Joyce Wisner) Grand Rapids Michigan; Michigan Special Olympics; Otsego Club of Gaylord
Michigan, Egypt Valley Country Club of Ada Michigan; Alticor & Quixtar (Amway); Butterball Turkey; Sandy Pines
Resort; Crystal Catherdal, California, Calvary Church, City of Hudsonville Michigan, and Gemmen’s Hardware.
Recent books read or currently reading
A Hunger for God – John Piper
A Hunger for the Holy – Calvin Miller
A New Way to Be Human – Charlie Peacock
The Air I Breathe – Louie Giglio
The Art of Possibility – Rosamund Stone & Benjamin Zander
The Big Moo – Edited by Seth Godin
Explaining Worship – Jack Hayford
Good to Great Monograph for the Nonprofit sector – Jim Collins
New Way to Be Human – Charlie Peacock
Orbiting the Giant Hairball – By Gordon MacKenzie
Rising Above – Wayne Cordeiro
Think Like Jesus – George Barna
The Way of the Wild Heart – John Eldredge
Winning on Purpose - John E. Kaiser, Thomas G Bandy, William Easum
Books that have challenged me
A Hunger for the Holy – Calvin Miller
The Practice for the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
The St. Andrews Seven – Stuart Piggin and John Roxborogh
Think Like Jesus – George Barna
Worship – Rediscovering the Missing Jewel – Ronald Allen & Gordon Borror
Revolution – By George Barna
The Barbarian Way – by Erwin Raphael McManus
Visioneering – Andy Stanley
Music Groups Directing
1994 - present The Hark Up Down Home Horns
Consisting of Clarinet, Trumpet, Tenor Sax, Trombone, Bari Sax, Piano, Bass and Drums - Presenting
traditional worship style in the form of gospel songs and hymns in a fresh vibrant style. This group plays for
Bill Gaither on occassions
1995 - present Hark Up Horns of Power or Hark Up Horns
Consisting of 3-4 Trumpets, 3-4 Trombones, 4-5 Saxes, Piano, Hammond Organ, Guitar, 1-2 Percussion - A
festive celebration ensemble leading worship and praise of both older hymns and contemporary choruses.
1995 - present Hark Up Brass Choir – Majesty Brass
Consisting of between 25 and 35 brass instrumentalist performing acc music to worship services. Anything
from Gabrelli to Salvation Army stylings would be used.
1996 - 2006 The Fair Haven Wood Wind Praise Team
Consisting of Bassoon, Flute/Piccolo, Clarinet, Oboe, Horn, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, and Drums and
Percussion - Providing a reflecting musical setting for intimate worship. For use with communion and prayer
1996 - 2006 The Fair Haven Family Orchestra
A "come one, come all" musical expression allowing anyone from junior high age to retired a chance to play
in a worship service. This group plays 2-3 times per year.
1999 - present The Hark Up Jazz Quintet
Consisting of Tenor/Alto Sax, Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums. Providing simple musical backgrounds for
worship and other intimate settings.
2000 - 2006 The Fair Haven Celtic Group
Consisting of Violin, Flute/Piccolo (or tin whistle), Clarinet, Tenor/Alto Sax, Piano, Hammond Organ, Bass,
Guitar, Drums and 1-2 Percussion - Providing an mix of reflective and celebratory musical styles of worship.
Used with contemporary choruses and some early hymnic literature.
2001 - present Hark Up’s Mr. Bill's Amazing Dixieland Fun Band
Consisting of Clarinet, Trombone, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Banjo, Drums and Tuba - A mobile music team that
presents character education and music educations to elementary school systems both secular and Christian in
the form of 40 min. assemblies. Presenting the gospel if and when possible.
1996 - present The Rapid City Swing (formerly The Grand River Big Band)
Consisting of 3-4 Trumpets, 3-4 Trombones, 4-5 Saxes, Piano, Guitar, and Vocal Soloist - Created to fulfill
the many opportunities Christian musicians were asked to play music festivals, and other secular events.
Providing primarily instrumental secular music from the big band era (1940 - 1960).
2002 – present – The IGEN Band – An intergenerational praise band –
This praise band concept involves on a rotation basis about 50 instrumentalists and singers from high school
on up. The band includes a rhythm section and can use added brass, hand bells, strings, etc. Adults
musicians are encouraged and coached to mentor younger players not only in music proficiency but in their
role as a worship participant.
Dramatic and Theatrical Experience
Since childhood, Chris has always managed to be involved with the dramatic arts.
Throughout high school and college he became absorbed in Community Theater and for
the first two years of college he was a double major in both music and drama. It was also
at this time that for three consecutive years he received grants to compose music for three
original children's musicals. Either as an actor or director Chris has been involved in such
works as Peter Pan, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Cactus Flower, Please Don't Drink
the Water, The Real Inspector Hound, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, The Lion,
Witch and the Wardrobe, Godspell and many others.
As a faculty member at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary one of his
responsibilities was to teach a class on the dramatic arts. Each year this group presented
works including a full staged production of Mendelssohn's Elijah, a touring production of
El Shaddai, The Race is On, and Elijah. As a teacher for the class his duties included
teaching everything from basic acting, directing, make up and set building skills, to how
to produce an event. As a church worship and arts director, Chris brought unique
dramatic expressions to the church community including leadership involvement in three
Renaissance Christmas Celebrations; event theater in the form of Warm Water Illinois;
composed and/or arranged music for two original musicals; On We Trek (which in 1995
won a CITA citation for best original musical) and Pressing On (based on the book of
Philippians); and directed a touring cast of If the Armor Fits Wear It! (Based on the book
of Ephesians, chapter 6).
In 1989 Chris began what was to become known as "Lion's Light Productions."
Seeing a need in the Greater Portland Oregon community for dramatic artists and
churches to network together, LLP was born. Using a bank of some 60 actors, directors
and technical personnel LLP provided opportunities to local churches by supplying
sketch teams, workshops, creative consultations and organized teams for specified
dramatic services or events. LLP has been also under contract with a few local churches
providing, "Willow Creek" style sketches for regular Sunday services.
Instrumental & Composition Experiences Profile
Maybe it was the fact that his father owned a successful music store or that both
his parents were involved in the music of the community, but for what ever reason Chris
Hansen knew at a very early age that music was to occupy a large part of his life. He
began playing the ukulele at age 6 then began work on the piano, then violin and finale
ending up on the trumpet which became his main instrument through out high school and
college where he occupied the principle trumpet position with the Western Michigan
University Orchestra and Concert Band and performed as trumpet soloist with the Bronco
Chris's pursuits in vocal music landed him a position with "Gold Company",
Western's premier vocal jazz ensemble. It was here that he first began to hone his talents
in composing and arranging. Gold Company provided him with the opportunity to
arrange much of the orchestrations the group used in their larger concerts and tours.
During the early years of college the Lord began to take a hold of his life and direct his
talents of music towards the ministry. He began by playing trumpet with a local Youth
For Christ music team. From 1978 to 1984 he directed that team as well as the local YFC
high school team. During his tenure, the music teams were singing as much as 80
concerts per year including local and national tours and a tour to France in 1984.
In 1984 Chris made his move to Portland Oregon to attend Western Conservative
Baptist Seminary. During this time he studied arranging and composition with Dr. Dennis
Esselstrom. He also spent much time with and studied with Dr. Dennis Plies, a music
professor of jazz studies at Warner Pacific College, Frank Diliberto, Associate Conductor
and principle bassist with the Oregon Symphony, Ted Nichols, former arranger with
Hanna-Barbera and Jim Boehner, president of One Voice Productions and director of the
Portland Singing Christmas Tree.
Chris' composing and arranging credits include works done for; The Oregon
Symphony, The Lutheran church of America, CSI Christian Schools International, U. S.
Bank Corp., Alticore, Quixtar, Youth For Christ, Western Seminary of Portland Oregon,
One Voice Productions, Musicon Studios Inc., and Warner Pacific College. Between
1993 - 1995 Chris produced six full length recording projects for both Christian and
Secular Artists. Chris has arranged music for Pat Robertson's 70th birthday party in
Washington DC, for Concerts with Andrea Crouch, Billy Gilman, Charlotte Church in
Washington DC and Corey Emerson in Grand Rapids Michigan. He has arranged music
for the Oregon Children’s Chorus and Youth Choir performance at Carnegie Hall, New
York; “The Strayaways” a musical premier at Concordia College. Calvary Church’s
syndicated TV show theme; Korean Christian music artist Sang Woo Kim; and four CD
recording projects for Fair Haven Ministries. Chris also continues to do custom projects
for numerous schools and churches and until recently was an arranger for