Meet The Bontrager Family Singers
The Bontrager Family Singers is a big, energetic family from the midwest. We love to sing, play our instruments, and shine the light of Jesus! In addition to our tour life, we lead twelve adventurous & high energy lives back in Iowa.
Marlin fills his days with managing the singing ministry and farm. Some of his favorite times are driving combine with one of the children or grandchildren riding along. He is pretty much a professional bus driver, and we all marvel at his skill. Helping run sound and sharing a challenge in each concert are just a few of his roles on tour.
Becky, full time mother and "Nana" loves being 100% invested in the lives of her family. She thrives on having everyone around the table, gardening and cooking, going on coffee dates with her children or young mammas who need encouragement, and babysitting the grandchildren. Her beautiful voice adds lovely harmony and lead parts to the family band, and she enjoys helping arrange new songs.
Allison (25) travels with the Bontrager Family Singers, playing violin, singing lead, coordinating concert outfits, managing our social media, and doing laundry. The oldest at home, she is treasuring this season of investing in her younger siblings as they grow into adults. She enjoys encouraging young women thru retreats, one on one conversations, and her blog, www.fromallison.com, and is HR and special projects director at the Dutch Country Inn. The family is always thrilled when she descends on the kitchen to concoct a meal or special treat.
Denver (20) is the band director for the Bontrager Family Singers, and does an excellent job leading music practices, heading up new projects and songs, and doing maintenance on the bus. He plays guitar, mandolin, and violin, and sings bass. We are grateful for Denver's energetic, encouraging leadership style and his never-ending optimism. Denver works full time on the farm when we are home, and is hosting his second Mighty Men Camp this spring. For more details, visit www.mightymencamp.com.
Taylor (18) plays a variety of instruments, but banjo is his favorite. A tender hearted perfectionist, we are grateful for Taylor's commitment to truth, excellence, and kindness in everything. He can often be found talking to people at our concerts, handing out tracts and witnessing to people along our travels, and spending quality time with his siblings. He also handles correspondence for the ministry. At home, Taylor manages the dairy.
Elizabeth (16) has taken over the job of product manager, and does a great job mailing out cd orders and running our product table. She also writes the family blog (read it here) and plays piano and violin in our concerts, as well as singing whatever part she is needed for, and helping with musical arrangements. She is working hard to complete her highschool studies by the age of 17. Elizabeth blesses us all with her beautiful decorating and scrumptious cooking.
Hudson (14) is nearly as tall as his brothers, and takes every opportunity to work with them or play competitive basketball and football games together. He is calf manager on the farm, taking care of calf health and feedings. In concert, Hudson is our faithful bass player, as well as pulling his share of the load in setup and tear down. We all laugh more and play more games because of Hudson, and he exercises great zest for everything in life- people, Christ, work, and play. School is a necessary part of life that he gets done as quickly as possible!
Rebecca (12) does a great job in her roles as "youngest" and "auntie". Beloved by her niece and nephews, she's thrilled at every chance to play with them. Rebecca has a beautiful voice, and has been singing more in our concerts lately. Her schoolwork is done with diligence and attention to detail. She also enjoys helping with chores on the farm, fixing things, and spending time outdoors. Rebecca plays violin, piano, and bass guitar.
Joe Xiques (20) loves anything having to do with music, and has enjoyed being part of the Bontrager Family Singers for the past year or so. When he’s not playing guitar (or trying to learn some other obscure instrument), he has a small business doing web development and graphic design. In his spare time, he gets a charge out of arranging songs for his church music team, hanging out with his family in Florida, and dominating Denver under the basketball hoop. Joe recently launched a Beginner Guitar course, which you can check out at www.guitarwithjoe.com.
Meet The Rest of the Clan
JOHN & CHELSY
John and Chelsy have one little boy, Axton, and another baby on the way. They are passionate about hospitality, family, and encouraging others. Their self-remodeled home is a warm and inviting oasis to all who visit. Her brothers love any chance to visit and eat her cooking once again. John, an irrigation designer, is blessed to work out of his home office most days, and Chelsy and Axton often accompany him when he travels for work. Chelsy blogs at www.chelsyrenee.com.
MITCHELL & BRYN
Mitchell, Bryn, and baby Micah keep everyone laughing. They love working, playing, and doing life together. Helping lead a singles class at church is one of the many ways they serve and bless others. Mitchell manages the Dutch Country Inn (with help from Bryn and Micah), and they are much loved by staff and guests alike. As a family, they equally enjoy going on new adventures and spending quality time together at home.
CARSON & CAROLINA
Carson and Carolina have the only granddaughter in the family, delightful little Jubilee. Going places together, learning new skills, and finding ways to reach out to others are a few of their passions. Carson runs his own mechanic + auto business, and loves the flexibility of spending lots of time with his ladies- Carolina and Jubilee.
JOSHUA & CASSIDY
Joshua and Cassidy and Wallace are excited to welcome a new addition to their little family in Spring 2020. Joshua continues to hone his writing skills, and blogs weekly at www.joshuabontrager.com. He manages the family farm while the Bontrager Family Singers are on tour. Joshua and Cassidy are passionate about spending as much time as possible together, and also love to encourage others in marriage, family, and learning.