While The Blues2Joy Ministry Project is Non-Denominational, we subscribe to the Baptist Faith & Message 2000 as a basis for our beliefs...
Our primary ministry task is to provide all seekers of HOPE and the Christian community with accurate Biblical commentary through our presentations, blog and webcasts.
Our presentations are original, current, positive & uplifting. Our team is informative. Our productions suggest Biblical answers to the challenges that every human faces in this life...
LIFE EXPERIENCE--The ministry started in 1988 as a small neighborhood outreach focusing on the Inner-City, Homelessness & Drug Abuse. Now we're REACHING OUT TO THE PLANET with the message of HOPE IN JESUS.. (See "About Us" tab for more)
See the Webcast Page of this website for the portal to Pastor Michael's "Something To Think About" Podcast...
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I have been married to a wonderful woman, Dela, for 43 years. Together we have four adult children and 13 grandchildren.
The Huss family left Minnesota in August of 1992 to venture south into Texas, destination Houston. I am an ordained Baptist minister in the Baptist General Conference and came to Houston as a national church planter to establish a seeker sensitive church touching the hearts of those who were wounded in their faith walk and in need of God's grace, giving them the hope of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I have a servant's heart with the desire of witnessing the powerful language of God's love, touching the hearts of people through the dynamic venue of music. It is when the individual heart is filled with God grace and love that an awesome miracle unfolds through a new and reborn life.
I have played drums most of my life. My musical career began 25 years ago as the drummer in the praise and worship band at church.
In 2008 I joined Blues2Joy. We play to the homeless, the imprisoned and to wandering souls in general, which is a state we all find ourselves in at some point in our lives. I guess I receive more of a blessing from those we minister to as they say they receive from us.
The Blues2Joy Band is made up of more than just musicians. Our ranks include ordained and dedicated pastors who preach the Word of God and all are Brothers in Christ Jesus, my personal Lord and savior.
See the Webcast Page of this website for the portal to Dr. Lyon's "Faith and Science In the News" Podcast... Dr. Lyon is also linked in our BIBLE STUDY section of this website "Faith & Science Apologetics"
I grew up in rural, north central Missouri. The family moved to Kansas during my last semester of high school. I earned my Ph.D. in Biology from Kansas State University, then went on to complete a National Institutes of Health – U.S. Public Health Service postdoctoral fellowship at Tulane University Medical School. Following my fellowship, I had faculty appointments in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at two medical schools.
After 20 years in academia I moved to the private sector spending another 30 years managing R&D, intellectual property, quality, health, safety and environmental compliance for a publicly traded company. I am now retired and getting reacquainted with many interests and hobbies including hiking, amateur radio, microscopy, astronomy, archery, etc. Hiking is a wonderful pass time for me. I have hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, the John Muir Wilderness and the Wind River Range.
I have been married to my wife Diana since 1972 and I am a father and grandfather. I grew up in Baptist churches and was baptized when I was thirteen. Diana and I have attended Bible and Evangelical Free churches over the years. I began teaching a Jr. High boys Sunday School class in 1970 and continue to be involved in the ministry of teaching at my church. I have served in churches as both a deacon and an elder over the years.
I have been teaching since 1970 in both the sciences and the Bible and very much enjoy apologetic discussions in the areas of faith and science. I look forward to bringing that conversation to the podcast world with The Blues2Joy Ministry Project.
I was raised in Houston, Texas into a religious home and attended church regularly with my family. Later in life I discovered that while we were believers in God as a family, I didn't have any real assurance of salvation. In high school I started dating a girl that insisted that if we were to date regularly that I go to church with her. This placed me under the sound of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I had never heard it before and just before my 18th. birthday I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I am happy to say that girl is now my wife since 1970. Though life has sent some challenges my way, I have never regretted that decision.
I learned to play guitar at the age of 6 when my Dad purchased an acoustic guitar for me from Sears. He taught me the basics being a band musician himself in the late 1930’s and 1940’s after WWII. I went on to play in secular bands in the 1960’s and shared the stages with talents like B.J.Thomas, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and Albert Collins. I met Ron Hathaway in the late 1980’s and we formed The Good News Band with another musician, Scott Atkinson. The Blues2Joy Band was formed from the Good News Band to be more in line with the ministry goals. I count it an honor and a privilege to be a part of such a vital ministry as The Blues2Joy Ministry Project.
PAST & PRESENT MEMBERS:
From the humble beginnings in 1988 in the North Shore area of East Houston to the present day, this ministry owes a debt of gratitude to Jehovah God who sustained us and to the excellent musicians, songwriters and ministers that HE brought our way. This "thing" was only supposed to last about 6 months, but it never stopped. Therefore, it is only fitting & proper that we list those who mean so much to this ministry...
Songwriters & Musicians:
[Founders] Ron Hathaway, Scott Atkinson, Jim Massey.
Joe Cabrera, Mark Sims, Mark Pipkin, John & Santos Ramirez, Bonnie DeHart, Ron Richter, Wes Moeller, Randy Lord, Brent Champagne, Daryl Scott, Terry Welch, Sterling Gay, Dave Sartin, Jac & Russ Rickmann, Dixie Trahan, Jamie Harper, Josh Pierce, Mike Pierce, Rob Harper, Mike Wilson, Robbie Adams
Stuart Sheehan & Houston NW Church
Live Sound Engineers:
Ron Richter, Matt Barron, Andy George, Mike Huss
Recording & Editing:
Brent Champagne, Fred Schetz, Clint Collins
Stephan John-MCS Studio-Branson, MO.
The band featured seven Christian men.. who performed original songs with unique styles using positive, faith-based lyrics. The extremely catchy collection of songs also incorporated doo-wop, ballads, R&B, and even a Reggae from time to time. ”We try to communicate with music in a way that it doesn’t sound like what you normally hear in the traditional church, “(Ron Hathaway) ...In 1988, Songwriters/Musicians Ron Hathaway and Jim Massey joined together for a Christian outreach ministry in apartments, parks, homeless shelters, jails, and prisons.........
The originals [Hathaway-Massey] pursued their lifelong passion for evangelism, joined by other talented artists committed to solid Christian evangelism using contemporary music stylings. [Mike Wilson, Mike Pierce, Rob Harper, Robbie Adams, and Mike Huss] Each member of the band contributed over 45 years of gospel and commercial music experience, sharing stages with a long list of celebrity artists, including B.J. Thomas, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Albert Collins, Gene Pitney, Nancy Honeytree, and The Kingsmen.
Blues2Joy enjoys relationships with local and international established churches, homeless shelters, prisons, and drug rehab centers, but also several other important ministries that are outside the periphery of these traditional organizations, such as international refugee camps, motorcycle clubs, custom auto shows and drag racing events, and organizations.
THE PRESENT VISION
Blues2Joy Has Now Entered a New Phase of Ministry...
=>Concert & Preaching Evangelism via "B2J" [A mobile DJ+Live Preaching & Music Ministry]. Find out more information about "B2J" from the Menu of this Website.
=>Sharing Bible Resources and Outreach are essential to our calling. Not only do we have awesome Bible Resource Links on this site, but the project is producing timely webcasts and other Evangelical offerings from Dr. Frank Lyon [Intelligent Design] and Pastor Michael Huss. These webcasts are designed to answer questions to life's challenges.
=>And we have Internet Radio in our future--All from right here on our website.
The old song adage, "What the world needs now is love sweet love..." perhaps if it's God's Love. We believe what the world needs is HOPE by faith in Jesus Christ. With the new technologies, our goal is to reach the planet through various media platforms and share this message of HOPE. [Jeremiah 29:11] "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."
We are a God-birthed ministry and we go into many Texas prisons and jails giving hope to the incarcerated (male & female) by preaching God's Word, sharing testimonies, and singing songs of praise & worship to remind them that there is hope for any and all in Christ Jesus.
Angel Tree is a Prison Fellowship program that gives parents behind bars a way to restore and strengthen relationships with their children through a tangible experience of God’s love—especially at Christmas.
PRISONS, HOMELESS, WORLD OUTREACH
The clear focus of the “ministries” of Burning Hope Ministries has been to those that are so often forgotten, looked over, perhaps even one might say, to the “invisible”.