There will be a trumpet concert with Joel Finnesgard at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church on Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. The performance will include a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary praise and worship music, and will be easy listening, uplifting and inspirational. 

Joel was born in northwestern North Dakota in 1965, and was involved in the family farm. He graduated from Divide County High School in 1983, and then went on to study music two winters at Eastern Montana College in Billings. 

He farmed with his father and brother in North Dakota for three years prior to moving to California in 1987. The move was prompted by a desire to help with a home mission church called Victoria Community Church in Rancho Cucamonga, where he became a volunteer. 

In 1989 Joel married June who was the daughter of missionaries Lu and Addie Mathison. He worked in commercial construction until August 1999, after which he began his ministry. In October 2001, June resigned from her work as a CPA and began working fulltime in their ministry, as well. 

Joel and June, together with their children Joy, 8, and Josiah, 6, enjoy sharing this ministry throughout the country. Performances have now become a family affair with Joy on violin, mandolin, guitar, and singing; Josiah on violin, ukulele, and singing; and June on the cajon (a type of drum). Joel has studied trumpet under the late MGM Studio trumpet player Uan Rasey, originally from Glasgow.

Sound of the Trumpet has been a full-time ministry that has included recording seven albums: “Sound of the Trumpet”, “Silver Christmas”, “Trumpet of Praise”, “Sound of Freedom”, “Trumpet of Hymns”, “Trumpet of Worship”, and most recently “Waves of Worship”; one DVD: Soundscapes; and over 1,000 performances throughout the United States and Canada. 


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