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Recent Endorsements 

"It's not that often that talent, compassion, thoughtfulness and attention to detail come together in one body, but they all come together in Joe Stobaugh.  You love him at first for his energy and joy.  Then you get to see the depth and there are a whole new set of things to admire.  His liturgical planning is rooted and relevant.  His song leadership is inspiring and contagious.  In short, you need to know this guy and work with him."

--Rev. John Thornburg, A Ministry of Congregational Singing; 

Past President of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

"Joe Stobaugh has a passion for creative worship that transcends a particular style. With Joe, it's not just theory: he has the talent and the energy to not only design and lead fabulous worship, but also to teach and inspire others. He understands the importance of helping congregations claim their own voice of faith, and he clearly enjoys living out that ministry. Joe offers a wonderful combination of solid theological grounding, excellent music skills, and a delightful sense of humor that makes him a joy to work with. After experiencing a worship workshop with Joe at the Alton L. Collins Retreat Center in Oregon, participants were energized and ready to go home with a new repertoire of ideas."

                     --Rev. Laura Jaquith Bartlett, Program Director, Alton L. Collins Retreat Center

  Delegation Leader for the Oregon-Idaho 2012 General Conference Delegation


“Joe Stobaugh is an amazingly gifted musician.  He was the choir clinician for our adult choir retreat. He worked with the group on music that was familiar to them and introduced new pieces as well.  Joe was a real hit with the choir.   His musical abilities and theological insight was readily apparent.  He is a talented and deeply spiritual person.  I have asked him to collaborate on other projects since then and Joe never disappoints!”

--Rev. Karen Chraska, Trietsch Memorial UMC


"What a gift Rev. Joe Stobaugh is to the church! Encouraging, talented, informed, challenging and creative are among the words I would use to describe him. As Senior Pastor of Buda UMC, I brought Rev. Stobaugh in as a consultant to work with our Praise Band. Through education and coaching, he gave them the skills to improve stage presence, song selection and transitions, and overall worship design. Praise Band members relayed Rev. Stobaugh was a joy to work with and brought out the best in them. His passion for worship and ability to empower people make him a rare and desirable talent. "

--Rev. Teresa Welborn, Executive Director--Office for Clergy Leadership Development, Southwest Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church