Their music, their stories have an authentic tone and theme as they willingly share their gifts with vulnerability and grace. Whether before thousands or a very few, every concert becomes an intimate grace-filled setting.
Originally from: Newfoundland, Canada
Geoff was born and raised in Newfoundland, an island off the east coast of Canada known for its art, unique culture, wind-swept rugged shoreline and gregarious people. He loves his homeland. One of his favorite things to do as a young teenager was to find a rock on a beach to sit on, watch the ocean, be quiet, and have talks with God. It was during one of these times when He got the impression, deep in his soul, that he was to leave his home and those he loved, and to follow God’s leading to share His love with the world. He loved music. He felt compelled to go. So he left for California in 1981 to join the music and mission’s organization, Celebrant Singers, where he spent 18 years participating in and eventually leading outreaches to some 43 countries around the world. In 1999, he ended his tenure there as Director of Development, and became the President of Tulare County Outreach, Inc. and co-founded Full Sail Ministries, a mission of TCO, Inc. Its mission, to “display God’s heart through the arts”, takes place through live events and concerts, Oasis Day Retreats, Current for Women events as well as sending teams of artists overseas in a variety of International Outreaches. He has led teams of musicians in outreaches to Canada, Thailand, India, Qatar and Albania. He has also been involved in the production of several feature films such as Mercy Streets (producer), Time Changer (co-producer), SIX (co-producer), Frank Peretti’s The Visitation (co-producer), and was Executive Producer of Karen Kingsbury’s Like Dandelion Dust, theatrically released in 2009.
He is the sixth of seven sons, raised by two loving parents who were his role models and confidantes. Growing up, the Ludlow family home was filled with love and a whole lot of laughter. However, he has learned to trust and to lean on God through many difficult seasons of life. The sudden death of his oldest brother in 2004, the near loss of his wife Jill in 2012, and the death of his mother in 2015 were all times of heart-ache, trial and loss, and yet he speaks freely of the ways God has met and sustained him during those times, restoring perspective and hope and the belief that very good days are still ahead for he and his family. He lives in Visalia, California with his wife Jill and their four children.
Originally from: Archbold, Ohio
Jill came to Visalia, California in 1983, after graduating with a BA in Secondary Education from Calvin College, to follow her call to missions through the Celebrant Singers – travelling to over 40 countries in her tenure of 16 years. It was there that she also met her husband, Geoff, and they were married in 1985 and now have four amazing children: Erin, 23, Trevor, 21, Aubrey, 18, and Allison, 17. In 1999, they co-founded Full Sail Ministries, a non-profit organization whose goal is to display God’s heart through the arts. Whether through fielding teams internationally, praying one on one for individuals, or creating live events like Current for Women Weekends Away or Oasis Day Retreats, their mission is to partner with God in creating safe space and unrushed time for individuals to intimately connect with God.
Having struggled for years with the pain of rejection and self-hatred associated with being born with birth defects, Jill’s heart was literally captivated by the Lord Jesus at age 16 when she received a deep and lasting emotional healing that set her free! Now, all of her sharing and teaching from the Word are delivered from the greatest passion in her heart – to know God and be known by Him. Jill loves light, color, beauty, adventure and long, deep heart to heart conversations over bottomless cups of Dark Roast coffee!!
"Have you ever been blessed with knowing someone whom God has touched and uses deeply to minister to others? Jill is one of those people mightily touched and used by God. In her quiet humble and transparent way, she uses the challenges and joys in her life to share the beauty and saving grace of the Lord Jesus to others - and she does it in a way that goes to the very core of your heart. When she spoke at our luncheon there wasn't a single lady whose heart wasn't touched by her words of compassion and healing to us. Her ministry is deeply personal and caring and God has used her in my life to bring great encouragement in knowing that God will indeed use the hard things of life for the good of those that love Him. Jill is living proof of that great scriptural principle, and to experience her ministry is to be touched by the loving hand of God."
Geoff and Jill Ludlow were at our church in February of this year. I was ready for a nice Christian concert but in all honesty wasn't prepared for the powerful impact their ministry had upon our people. Their music was done with excellence and was very pointed as it found its mark in our hearts. Jill's testimony was one of the most powerful messages of healing and transformation that I have ever heard. I recommend enthusiastically the ministry of Geoff and Jill Ludlow.
A concert with Geoff and Jill Ludlow is not only filled with quality music, but also with a real and deep awareness of the Presence of God. Their message is Truth...based on God's Word and worked out on the sometimes challenging anvil of life! I've worked alongside these two incredible friends for many years, and can say, without question, the people you see on the platform are real and sincere. I've watched them minister one-on-one with individuals long after the service has ended...when they've been weary or sick...when they've had nothing in themselves to give...and I've seen lives changed as a result! Their compassion for people is genuine through and through. If you're interested in more than a concert, you'll want to experience the ministry of Geoff and Jill.
Having just purchased the CD featuring Geoff and Jill, I was audibly reminded of how God has gifted this couple for ministry. Their music does much more than simply bring pleasure to weary souls. It also instructs and inspires Christians who seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. The Ludlow's bring a sincerity of ministry that touches both heart and mind. Jesus is invited into the reality of their lives, whether they are parenting their four children or ministering to hundreds in a worship setting. I highly commend the Ludlow's as real people who serve a real God. You will be glad you asked them to share their music and ministry with your group, whether large or small.
"With Jill - what you see is what you get! As she shares God's Word and her personal journey, she does it with such insight, humor, and compassion, that she very easily inspires women to new levels of intimacy with God. We were so impressed that she took the time to not only pray with each of us, but to also just hang out and have fun with us. She is the REAL thing and we will long remember the difference she has made in our lives!"