The Many is a creative collective making music and new kinds of inclusive, justice-building gatherings that offer space for faith and doubt, lament and gratitude. The feet-on-the-ground, heart-in-hands songs and liturgies they create remind us we aren’t alone. And they help us find the courage to authentically love God, ourselves, and everyone in this whole, aching world.
Meet The Many
Darren is an Associate Fellow with Christians for Social Action and a virtual pastor at Chicago's Urban Village Church. He's a sought after speaker and worship leader, blogger and activist helping people and organizations become more authentic, inclusive communities of love and justice. Darren plays a key role heading up audio and visual production for The Many, as well as singing and leading.
Hannah is the main co-songwriter in The Many. With lyrics from Lenora Rand, Hannah crafts melodies that are singable, heart-felt, and memorable. Hannah has received awards for her songwriting from the Grammy Foundation, ASCAP, The Hymn Society of America, and more. She loves singing and playing the piano in The Many, as well as arranging and producing music for the band.
Christa is a poet, musician, songwriter and worship leader with a rich background in gospel, pop, and folk music. She has a Bachelor of Music degree and can be found making music around the Chicago-land area and abroad, including singing at the Conference of The Parliament of World Religions. Christa sings in The Many.
Jonathan is a key musician in the sound of The Many, playing clarinet, guitars, and singing. He has degrees from Eastman School of Music and DePaul University, and currently works as the Director of Worship at Lasalle St. Church in Chicago. Jonathan has performed in worship teams for a multitude of conferences. His musicianship and attention to detail are pivotal to the band.
Kristina hails from California, and recently graduated with her MA in Public Ministry from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, IL. She currently serves as Operations and Digital Associate for GreenFaith, an international, interfaith movement for climate justice. Along with singing in The Many, Kristina does the amazing work of managing The Many's travel booking and scheduling.
Gary & Lenora Rand
Lenora and Gary are the co-directors of The Plural Guild - the collective behind The Many. Lenora is the main writer for The Many, crafting the amazing lyrics and liturgies The Many performs. Lenora also owns her business, "SmallGood," which helps organizations trying to grow more good in the world. Gary, a former worship leader and professor produces, performs, and writes songs with The Many, as well as consults with churches on worship renewal.
Brian Blount, President, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA
"[The Many] offer a unique vision and word in the way they celebrate the gift of God's presence in our world. Following their powerful displays of ministry in the classroom and the chapel, I felt even more passionately energized about the gospel message and my role in sharing it."
The Many have become a significant creative voice in the movement for inclusion, justice and mercy across a diverse church landscape. Here are just a few of the places they've led music and worship:
Festival of Homiletics
Remind & Renew
ELCA Youth Leader's Extravaganza
Longest Night Gatherings
Denominational Conferences & Gatherings
New Castle Presbytery
Illinois South UCC
Northern Illinois UMC
Heartland Conference of the UCC
Central Pacific Conference UCC