Q & A With Je Deyo
By BRITTANY BRAZIL
As the spring semester started this year, word got around North Central quickly that the school had hired anew music proessor. That proessor turned out to be none other than nationally known worship leader, Je Deyo. I got a rare chance to sit down with Je and to see his heart or North Central and hear what lie at NorthCentral has been or him.
“I’ve always had ateacher’s heart and... inthe last couple o yearsI elt like God wantedme to take a shit romleading to teaching.”
Since you have been at North Central or the past two months, what has been your greatest challenge?
I would say the hardest thing is that my amily isn’t here yet. The plan is to get them here over spring break,but ying back and orth has kept me rom being ully immersed in the job and on campus. I think it will geteasier when I don’t have to keep ying back to Tennessee and going between home and work.
Why have you switched your career to teaching?
I’ve always had a teacher’s heart and about ve years ago I started mini worship seminars. I ound the bestway to learn is to teach. In the last couple o years I elt like God wanted to make me take a shit [rom leading toteaching]. There were our or ve schools and churches that were interested, but I told mysel that i there wasn’ta teaching element in whatever the uture job would be, I wouldn’t be able to do it.
Why did you choose North Central?
When I started looking at North Central, I just began speaking with Larry Bach, Dr. Anderson, various aculty,and visiting the campus. Out o all the other oers, I just elt God’s avor upon me to come here. It sounds cliché,but it’s where God was leading me. I also really liked the culture, the music side o things, and the authentic hearto worship I elt when I came here. It was dierent than rom other places I looked into. On the music side, I eltthat God wanted me to come to this school because it already had a good music program, and I could help bringit to the next level. I know God has His hands on this school and the music/worship culture here.
What are your goals or your time here at North Central?
I don’t see mysel here or just a year or ve years because I am not a quitter or a come and go type o person;certainly God can change my will, but this could be my last major career move or me. Some o my goals includewanting to continue to build on the heart o authentic worship here at North Central. I want to be a ather to thenext generation, in order to help empower the next generation to take their gits and talents to utilize them orGod. I also desire to grow the church music program, to develop the traveling/commercial side o music comingout o North Central recordings, to get songs out ‘in the world’ that are written by students, and I’d love to see thecommercial side o music developed as well.
It’s a privilege to have such an inuential musician here on our campus. How do you think your experienceswill help North Central?
You know, I think its one thing to sit in a class with book knowledge and a degree, but I think it’s another thingto have actually lived it out there. I have gained wisdom and knowledge rom God along the way, so being ableto come in and say ‘trust me; this is how it is’ is something that I want to show the students. Also, I want to be ableto give warnings to the students to pay attention to the practical stu that will help them, like the behind thescenes stu like nances and bookwork.