Charlie Surprises CCM World

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Friday 1st October 1999

Producer Charlie Peacock in surprise gesture

AMERICAN musician and record producer Charlie Peacock has surprised the American CCM industry by pulling back from production work to pursue local church ministry. He said, "While vacationing I heard the clear and tender voice of Jesus calling me to feed his sheep as a pastor/teacher. The how and when dimension of this calling is yet to be fully fleshed out. What I do know is that I will no longer be producing and that the massive time hole left by the absence of production will be filled by discipling and caring for others. I'll be seeking ordination from the denomination that I'm affiliated with (PCA). And as a member and elder of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, I'll be requesting that CCC recognise this call and send me before the ordination committee.
"In the last two weeks I've travelled to both Creation and Cornerstone. At both festivals I was privileged to visit with hundreds of people and to tell my story. The response to my announcement of a new calling, though overwhelmingly favourable, always included the question, 'But what about the music? Well, I don't by any stretch of the imagination think that I'm finished making music. On the contrary, I think the best is yet to come! What I can say is that my time as an inside contributor to what is commonly known as contemporary Christian music is finished and that I will no longer be recording/producing for the EMI Christian Music Group. Some well-meaning folks have already misunderstood this announcement by saying things like, 'We'll miss you Charlie.' The truth is, you'll only miss me if you define the existence of my commitment to Jesus and musical artistry in CCM terms alone."
Charlie Peacock is currently writing a book with his wife Andi about the work of loving and caring for people. CR

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