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Christian band Switchfoot encourages Christians, shares gospelcomment (0)

June 12, 2014

By Leann Callaway


Christian band Switchfoot encourages Christians, shares gospel

Members of the Christian rock band Switchfoot hope the release of their latest album “Fading West” will encourage listeners to dive into deep truths and discover the source of true identity found through a relationship with Christ.

“Because of Christ, we have a reason to have the faith to keep pressing on when the storms in life come,” bass player Tim Foreman said. “When the storms come we have to be prepared to face them by having a solid foundation rooted in God’s Word.”

For the past 17 years, Switchfoot has been a prominent force in Christian rock music — selling more than 5 million records, touring around the world and winning a Grammy Award along with multiple Dove Awards.

In addition to brothers Tim and Jon Foreman, the band is made up of Chad Butler, Jerome Fontamillas and Drew Shirley. The friends selected a group name based on their mutual love for surfing.

Lead singer Jon Foreman said, “We grew up in California and loved to surf. So it made sense to us that the band name would come from a surfing term.To switch your feet means to take a new stance facing the opposite direction. It’s about change ... a different way of approaching life and music.”

Through the years, Switchfoot has gained national recognition with performances on TV talk shows and having songs prominently featured in movies.

By taking their public platform and merging it with their heart for community, the band has worked with a number of relief efforts and humanitarian causes including the ONE Campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Invisible Children and To Write Love on Her Arms. They also founded the Switchfoot Bro-Am Contest, which is a benefit contest and concert to help raise funds for various organizations serving at-risk and homeless youth in the band’s hometown of San Diego.

Changed lives

During their concerts, band members often share testimonies about how Christ has changed their lives. They also challenge young people to step out of their comfort zones and make a difference in the world. 

Tim Foreman said, “We really want our songs to be a vehicle to challenge people to think about what matters most in the world, encourage them to make an impact in big and small ways and to lead people to Christ. 

“The most important advice I can share with youth is for them to be aware of their limitations and the fact that they need a Savior. Time on earth is precious and short. ... Most of the time, we end up taking people and situations in our lives for granted. But we need to be focusing on how we can make our lives count for what matters most.”

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