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Matt Fafrak

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Matt Fafrak

Music Services: Mass, Adoration, Youth Group, Retreat, Conference, Prayer Gathering, Concert

Instruments: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Piano

Contact: mfafrak@gmail.com

Travels From: Cleveland, Ohio

Websitewww.mattfafrak.com

As self-taught guitar player from the age of 10, Matt Fafrak fell in love with music at an early age.  At 14 years old, Matt gave his heart to Jesus at a Charismatic Catholic Prayer Group in Twinsburg, Ohio. Continuing to grow in his faith, he remained involved in the prayer group for the next 12 years as a worship leader. 

Matt gives thanks for a career built on his passions of music and ministry. Currently, he serves as the Director of Music Ministry at Gilmour Academy (2009). This role consists of leading students from pre-K through twelfth grade in music, for choir, retreats, their First Communions, First Reconciliation, all school liturgy, etc.  Furthermore, each week Matt heads up the music for multiple liturgies at Our Lady Chapel at Gilmour Academy. He also stays busy as the Newman Center Music Minister for the University of Akron (2010) and the Life Teen Music Minister at St. Barnabas (2011). Matt's band consists of several different members of his music ministry teams that play with him every Sunday at his various Mass times.   

In addition to his regularly held positions, Matt plays numerous retreats, conferences and activities, including: Life Teen Summer Camp, Cleveland Youth Conference, Youth Rally at the Fest, the Cleveland Catholic Charismatic Conference and XLT at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. One of Matt's major accomplishments includes a new and growing ministry that he started out of his home which now moved to a church: First Fridays at Francis. He co-leads this ministry with a few collegaues on the first Friday of every month at his parish, St. Francis of Assisi. For more information, please visit his website at www.mattfafrak.com.

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Michael Cox

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Michael Cox

Music Services: Mass, Adoration, Youth Group, Retreat, Conference, Prayer Gathering

Instruments: Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals

Contact: michaelwcox@me.com

Travels From: Lyndhurst, Ohio

Michael attended Catholic school in his younger years, and the music teacher there helped him find his voice and his calling in music in the Church. During these years of Catholic school, Michael fell in love with leading the church as a cantor for the school masses. In high school, he picked up a guitar and his love for leading worship grew even stronger so he became part of the LIFE TEEN band which lead teens to a deeper call to worship and relationship with God.

Currently Michael serves as the LIFE TEEN Music Minister at Holy Martyrs Church in Medina, OH. He regularly serves as a worship leader at a local young adult ministry with Matt Fafrak called – First Fridays at Francis. It is a night of praise & worship and Adoration for young adults and all ages. You can check out more about it on their facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/firstfridaysf3/

He is also on staff at a local non-denominational church as a worship leader. He loves to worship in the Catholic Liturgy and the Christian church, and it helps him to become a better steward for faith, and a better worship leader. He also writes for his blog and creative arts ministry called praise habit. He and his wife, Sarah contribute to this ministry to help bring a better understanding of worship, and give others a glimpse to what a worship lifestyle looks like. You can learn more about it on his website, https://www.praisehabit.com

Overall, his passion is to see people in the Cleveland area encounter Jesus through the gifts of music and worship God has given him. He lives in Lyndhurst (a Cleveland suburb) with his wife (Sarah) and his son (Liam).

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