Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth;
Burst into songs and make music.
- Psalm 98:4 (NCV)
Hailing from Oshawa, Ontario, Terry Posthumus is an innovative Canadian artist, activist and speaker. Terry is known for lyrics that are introspective, inspirational and insightful. His gravelly voice and his command of his instrument has captivated audiences near and far - with performances that have been described as “rootsy”, engaging and delightful. His passion for life, love, family, faith and justice is woven into the very fabric of his songs and stories.
“See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”
- Micah 6:8 (CEV)
Aspiring to advocacy and activism on behalf of impoverished children, Terry has partnered with World Vision Canada. As a part of WV Artist Collective, he is able to be a voice of change. Through song and story, Terry has leveraged his influence and platform to advocate for those whose voices might never be heard – the marginalized and the oppressed living in impoverished communities around the world. Terry is committed to partnering with World Vision through worship services, concerts and special events, allowing more people to hear about the work that they are engaged in, inspiring others to become child sponsors, and motivating compassion and generosity towards children and families living in extreme poverty.
"Be the change that you wish to see in this world"
- Mahatma Gandhi
Through story and song, Terry delivers a powerful message of grace, hope, mercy, peace and love. He is tapped into the source of creativity that begets engaging stories, soothing melodies and lyrical "hooks", all of which resonate in perfect harmony with dexterous and precise technique.
Sing a new song to Him.
Play with skill, and shout with joy.
- Psalm 33:3 (NIRV)
To say that Terry is a "family man" borders on huge understatement. He is the father of 10 wonderful children, not including 3 that have preceded him into glory. Terry and his wife, Jessica make for a dynamic and engaging team. Together, they raise a family, write and dream of new destinations and missional opportunities.
Terry is also a man who is well acquainted with sorrow. One look at the painful events that are interwoven into his life has caused many to wonder and marvel at the idea that he would survive, let alone thrive in faith, family and fellowship. As a young boy, Terry's father was killed instantly in an industrial accident. As an adolescent, Terry's life was marred by abuse at the hands of someone who should have been a trusted steward. Add to these things the heart-wrenching loss of life of not one, but three of his children and the death of his beloved first wife, Lorraine. Terry knows loss, abandonment and brokenness, all too well. He has been, for all intents and purposes, a childless father, a fatherless child and he can empathize with those who have been used for the pleasure and profit of others.
However, the story does not end there.
To quote Terry, "I can't ignore or cover up the tragedies. They are an intrinsic part of the story and the effect of these things has shaped me into the person that I am today. Pain is a part of this life. This I know. But without pain, there can be no healing. Without darkness, there would be no need for light. If we weren't lost, we wouldn't need to be found. If I wasn't blind, there would be no need for the restoration of my sight. I have to talk about the hard parts. I must reveal the cracks, blisters and dirt for without these things, there is no story of grace."
Terry's story, though at times painful and tragic is just that, a continuing story of grace.
"That's how I see it."
"Worship...is not something a person experiences, it is something we do, regardless of how we feel about it."
- Eugene Peterson