I’m All About…
Andre Crouch, Bill Gaither, Walter Hawkins, Michael Jackson, Led Zepplin, Stevie Wonder and Duke Ellington.
These are just some of the musical influences that have shaped the artistic style and makeup of Kendyl Terry.
Born in a small town in south central Ohio, Kendyl, a self-described “church boy” is the youngest of 5 children raised in a home where faith, hope and love was the foundation for strong integrity and Godly character.
With his home church being directly across the street from his house,
It was no surprise that his parents would find him there playing the piano which ultimately would lead him to his life’s calling as a worship leader.
Even though he knew he had a calling on his life, Kendyl still went through a period of rebellion and didn’t want to have anything to do with a spiritual walk with the Lord.
One summer day while working for his county highway department, Kendyl found himself at a spiritual crossroads. While driving a dump truck loaded with tons of gravel in it, the weight of the payload shifted in the bed of the truck causing it to flip over.
Miraculously Kendyl survived with only a few bumps and bruises. It was at that moment that he knew he needed to make some major changes in his life. He gives credit to his parents who never stopped praying for him and to the Lord who always had his hand on his life for a greater purpose.
in his high school band and jazz band, Kendyl’s love for music led him to begin to write, arrange, compose and produce music for himself as well as others.
After graduating from college with a B.S. degree in Music Performance, he along with 4 other classmates who eventually became “family” felt led to abandon everything for the sake of the call of ministry.
Forming a singing ministry called Rhama (pronounced rae-ma), he realized his dream of traveling all over the United States and ministering the gospel.
Not only did his dream to travel and sing come true, he was also able to record his first of many CD’s as well as make numerous TV appearances on various Christian television stations throughout the country.
A year after marrying his college sweetheart Ginger,
Kendyl started working in the local church as a minister of music.
After relocating to Detroit, Michigan for ministry, Kendyl and Ginger started a family which has been the greatest blessing of his life. His daughter Kennedy Jordan and son Kallen Ingram are whom he affectionately calls his “heartbeats”.
Spending nine years on staff at the Metropolitan Church of God under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Robrt Dulin Jr. were some of the most fruitful years for Kendyl’s early ministry career.
Being able to serve in a congregation where his parents met and eventually married allowed Kendyl to hear stories of their faith in God from their peers that helped him grow in his ministry as well as his walk with the Lord.
Ministering in a dynamic church, establishing lifelong relationships and growing musically…
made Kendyl feel content in Detroit until as he describes himself audibly hear the Lord say, “Kendyl your time in Detroit is coming to an end”.
With an “okay Lord” and fielding numerous calls from churches from around the country, Kendyl and Ginger felt the call to move west to Highland Park Community Church in Casper, Wyoming.
Under the leadership of John L. Spear for nearly nine years, Kendyl grew the worship arts ministry from 85 to approximately 160. In March of 2015, the door to full time ministry closed and he found himself at another crossroads.
Through much time and prayer and working as an accountant (he laughs about that too), he felt the call to “step out of the boat” and start a ministry focused on hope, encouragement and empowerment.
With the support of his family and closest friends, Kendyl is once again answering the call that God has placed on his life.
Whether leading worship, creating thought provoking spoken word poetry or simply giving heartfelt advice about life’s challenging issues, Kendyl is excited to help give hope to the hopeless, encourage the discouraged and empower the weak.
One of his life’s bible verses, Jeremiah 29:11 is the promise that he stands on and one that he encourages others to take hold of to keep moving forward toward their destiny.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”