Grand Rapids – Christian Rock Band – Late 1970s and early 80s
- Calvin Bergsma (Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano on “Your Ways”, lead vocals”, and background vocals)
- Paul Bergsma (Bass, Acoustic Guitar, electric rhythm on “Springtime” lead vocals, and background vocals)
- Doug Bergsma (Electric guitars, acoustic guitar on “Humble Myself”)
- Ed Schief (Piano, Rhodes, Yamaha CP 20, Mini Moog)
- Ralf Patterson (Drums, Percussion)
Record Label: Perelandra Productions
Genre: CCM, Contemporary Christian music, Jazz, Pop
The Bergsma Brothers Band added their own flavor of jazz, pop and fusion to the newly emerging sounds of Christians Rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s.
The Bergsma Brothers Band added their own flavor of jazz, pop and fusion to the newly emerging sounds of Christians Rock scene of the 70’s and 80’s. Their music was born out of their personal conversions to Christ in the Jesus movement. All except Ed Schief were preachers kids and discovered that intellectual knowledge ABOUT God was very different than… relationship WITH God!
The band members – (Calvin, Paul and Doug Bergsma, Ed Schief and Ralf Patterson) all wrote the songs they performed, each adding to the unique sound that was the Bergsma Brothers Band. The lyrics and music was not light fare, but touched on some of the more difficult issue of the life of “A Believer”
The band loves to Praise the Lord and led worship and was the core of the house band at “Maranatha Ministries” in Grandville Michigan from the 70’s till the mid 90’s. And produced several recordings as the, “Maranatha Praise Band” In the mid 90’s with all the band members concentrating on raising their families they went into other areas of ministry. Ralf (the drummer) continues to play for the Lord in various bands (now on the bass). Ed (Keyboards) has worked as music director of several churches and arranges and produces. Paul (Vocals, Guitar & Bass) has lead Worship and played bass at several churches. Doug (Vocals, Lead Guitar) founded and pastors Resurrection Life church of Rockford MI and still plays lead at times. Calvin (Lead Vocal, Guitar, Bass & Keyboard) is the pastor of Georgetown Christian Fellowship in Hudsonville MI and does evangelistic concerts with the church’s praise band. John Bergsma (sound engineer) continues to serve the Lord and run several businesses.
Influences: Love Song, Phil Keagey, Larry Norman, Randy Stonehill
Contact: Call 616-293-3172