Mariénne Kreitlow was a church music director for several years in Texas, where her husband, Jerry Ford was a college theater professor. Mariénne and Jerry have both won numerous awards and accolades – she for music and playwriting, he for his theater work. Between them, they play numerous musical instruments – piano, psaltery, flute, Irish whistles, hand percussion – and their tight harmonies are impeccable. They combine their God-given talents in a ministry that opens the heart – both their own and the congregation’s – through music, drama and comedy.
Mariénne continues to be a featured soloist in a number of churches. She enjoys writing songs inspired by the spiritual message and interpreting well-known works.
Any of the following can be presented as a full-length service (45-50 minutes), as a portion of the service (30-35 minutes), or in a concert format. Residencies and Programs can be tailored to fit the needs of your spiritual community, or to enhance a particular theme or season.
“A musical, spiritual and theatrical gem – authentically intimate, funny, and deeply stirring.” – Rev. Ed Conrad, Eugene, OR
“For The Beauty Of The Earth” A service that exquisitely weds Mariénne & Jerry’s passion for sustainability and spirituality, inspiring praise for the Creator and responsibility to creation.
“Your service was a surprise to many as they were expecting a talk on ecology presented by a talking head. Instead, they were swept away by the beauty of your story.” – Jim Hein, Secular Fransicans Order, MN
“Celebrating Sacred Word and Song” Mariénne’s original music woven together with Jerry’s dramatic and humorous performance of Biblical passages open ears and hearts to an immediate and intimate experience. New songs with timeless texts include the bittersweet story of Ruth and Pauls’ treatise on love. Jesus’ command to love ourselves is explored through the eyes of a child. The Sermon on the Mount, a surprising passage from Proverbs, and a meditation inspired by the Aramaic translation of the Lord’s Prayer are rendered with transcendent clarity – and peaking with the high energy finale, “I Know The Way”.
“The Sunday service they provided was the most uplifting I have had the pleasure of experiencing. After the service, I did not let this dynamic couple escape before booking them twice for the next year.” – Rev. Michael Jamison, KS
“Poetry of the Divine” Experience the mysteries and wisdom of the world’s religions and mysticism through – from Medieval England to Biblical Judea, ancient China to the Golden Age of Persia – through dramatic sacred texts, poetry and humor.
“Their creativity is awesome and Spirit blessed.” – Rev. Sondra von Gyllenband, TX
“My Love is Here” A service which explores and seeks to understand the more enigmatic teachings of Jesus, told through Mariénne’s beautiful songs and Jerry’s theatrical performance. Tender and uplifting.
“Mariénne & Jerry provide exceptional quality music and consciousness. I highly recommend them.” -Rev. Christopher Ian Chenoweth, Positive Christianity.org Prayer Ministry
“Last Words of Jesus” Mariénne’s haunting musical setting of the seven last words of Christ permeate Jerry’s performance of the Passion scriptures – a solemn and moving experience.