Formed by a family from the Lutheran Congregation of Yandilla with the goal of using contemporary Christian music to engage young people with Church, they soon discovered that the youth themselves were keen to sing and play instruments.
The band has taken many different shapes and forms over the years, but the call has remained the same.
“Soul Connection is called to bring praise and worship into the secular environment where we can,” said current band leader Charlie Uebergang.
“We are called to the community. It’s about introducing the secular to the sacred. It’s about telling the story of Jesus love – that it’s for everyone.”
The band has become popular throughout the region for many occasions, including two ecumenical services a year in Millmerran and three carols events in Pittsworth, Millmerran and Cecil Plains.
“A kid came up to me in the street of Pittsworth one day. This was a couple of weeks after we had done the Easter programme at the school. He looked me up and down and said: ‘Are you the Jesus Man?’” said Charlie.
“That really made me feel like we’d made an impression on the kids and that Jesus was smiling through us.”
Charlie said the main goal for Soul Connection was still to engage with the younger generation. They have an open door at Easter and Christmas time in the schools in Cecil Plains, Brookstead, Pittsworth and Millmerran, to present the love and joy of Jesus Christ. “We want to inspire kids, make God-stuff fun and raise important life-questions to make them think and to challenge all of us on our journey of faith,” he said.