About Bread for the Journey
Bread for the Journey (active from 1993-2013) was a group of singers and instrumentalists, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, who led worship services, sing-along concerts, and workshops. The group specialized in presenting songs of faith, hope and justice from the Christian church around the world. Bread for the Journey committed itself to encouraging congregational singing, sharing music with theological integrity, and helping music ministers to inspire the community's song and serve the community's prayer.
The ensemble included Tom Witt, Mary Preus, Bret Hesla, Ray Makeever, Linda Breitag and Jose Antonio Machado. Each of them are still performing and leading music in their own settings. Bread for the Journey, as a regularly performing group went into “hibernation” in 2013, and no longer actively seeks engagements. Tom and Mary still actively lead worship and offer workshops related to the work that BFJ did as a larger ensemble for many years.
Bread for the Journey was founded in the early 1990s to lead global hymnody at the Global Mission Events of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The group, which appeared in various configurations, from 3 to 6 people, also appeared at dozens of ELCA Synodical Assemblies, as well as at national church-wide gatherings, ecumenical conferences, campus ministry events, and various concert venues within and outside the Twin Cities.
In addition to providing sing-along concerts and leading cross-cultural worship experiences, the group led workshops for church musicians, worship planners, song leaders, choirs, and others interested in learning about: music of the global church, leading congregational singing, and using alternative music forms to enliven worship.