Can't say we planned it, because dreams are hard to arrange. But we imagined away... a community of friends living life and loving Jesus together. We bought a house (named the Banks House) in a run down neighborhood and filled it with guys, guitars, and recording gear. We attempted to cook in our mustard yellow kitchen, ate meals on musty thrift store couches, and saw our living room filled with hearts beating as one after Jesus. In the place of God's presence, our heart's cry became songs, and we decided to push record.
5 years later, what once was a simple community has grown into one big family. We all got married, which is the best thing ever. We also met others along the way in various cities with the same beating heart. So we grew beyond Knoxville. A community is unified by what it does together or its weekly meetings, but a family is strong because of their love for one another. We're choosing the latter. We don't pretend it's always been easy, but the fruit that grows tastes so sweet.
To you, the name United Pursuit might only mean worship songs you've heard at church. And we do write songs, so that makes sense. But we feel its time to tell our story; of choosing community and the process of growing into a family. A story about a group of friends choosing to do life together instead of alone. This site is just an introduction to who we are and where we hope to go. The future is knocking on our door. And your door. The future needs you...
And you'll be hard pressed to find a finer human being. We think his name suits him.
Brock is also native to Knoxville, TN so you'd think we would have met him there. Nope. Try Africa. God collided our paths all the way in the dirt of Mozambique through the power of a heaven sent song. We were all gathered under a tent worshiping and seeking Jesus for his will do be done through our lives. That's when it happened. Brock started singing this chorus that brought us to our knees in tears. We forgot Brock was singing, and we only heard our Father...
"Come Away with me, come away. Its never to late, it's not too late for you. I have a plan for you. Its gonna be wild, its gonna be great, its gonna be full of me."
For the rest of the summer, it was the anthem of our hearts. We walked away from Mozambique knowing we wanted to run with Brock. Years later, Brock has become part of our family, and his song is still spreading around the nations. (Thanks Jesus Culture:)
Brock's ability to sing and get out of the way for God to move is amazing. He's a musical genius for sure, but that's just the introduction. Brock is one of those people you want to be more like. Everything he touches turns to gold, including the self-esteem of the people around him. He's a peacemaker. He knows how to bring hope and life into any situation.
And of course, we can't leave out that Brock makes us laugh till we cry. Never fails, something in life happens, and Brock finds a way to chuckle our guffs. Ya know, make us laugh.
Brock's the kind we'll one day read biographies about and how's he's changed the world. Hope this bio makes the forward.
If you spend a day with Will, you will learn two things about him. He adores the presence of God and he's passionate about pursuing deep relationship with people. It doesn't matter whether he's helping you record an album or helping you fix the plumbing in your bathroom. He does it with his whole heart.
You probably know Will from his music. Makes sense, as he's flirting with the line of becoming a prolific songwriter at age 23. Not sure when that happens officially, but songs like Fill Me Up, Break Every Chain, Set a Fire and Running in Circles must be getting him close. Every time he opens his mouth it seems a melody erupts that just grabs your heart and moves your eyes towards heaven. He's been doing this as long as we can remember. Effortless.
Sometimes we call him Wilbur, smalls, tenderloin, or a variety of other nicknames that we make up daily. Will has an uncanny ability to move his limbs in impossible ways. Be on the lookout, because you might spot him doing a perfect rendition of a Raptor in human form. About the funniest thing you'll ever see.
Other things you need to know about Will… He has a vintage Scout truck sitting in parts in his backyard. His house has a wood burning stove. We all congregate there in the winter to enjoy the warmth and peace of the Reagan home. Perfection on a cold day. He cooks a mean omelet too. Man of many talents.
Husband, loyal friend, psalmist, and Tennessee handyman…Will is a living example of a man pursing Jesus and the Kingdom with everything.
One night, Jake grabbed a guitar and said he wanted to show us a new song of his. It was about midnight. Quiet at first, then the song gradually built. Suddenly, three hours had passed and we ended up all on the ground laughing, enjoying God's sweet presence. We call this song "Waterfall" and it's a great introduction to Jake. To know Jake is to know joy.
We're pretty sure Jake is a creative genius. This site you're looking at now is his handy work. He's not very fond of the word "impossible". His work ethic is through the roof because it is fueled by his passion to see the Kingdom of God on earth. Every project that he is involved in improves instantly and everything that he creates is excellent.
Deeply sincere, Jake is also an example of vulnerability and honesty. He lives openly, sharing his heart and life with those around him. He believes in having a good sense of humor, he would pretty much do anything to make you laugh, including backflips off walls or jumping into various bodies of water at inopportune moments. He brings a lightheartedness to any room that he is in.
This dude is massively talented and relationally driven. Dangerous Combo. He will pull the gold out of you, and then translate your heart and passion into beautiful art.
If you've heard UP's music or seen UP videos, you probably know Nathan as "that tall, blonde, crazy drummer guy," but we know Nathan as the guy behind the scenes making it happen and spurring us all on without anyone seeing. Let us tell you a little bit about him.
In a word: visionary. Nathan has seen the future. But he doesn't stop there. He spends his days moving our present reality towards that vision. He has been connecting with leaders around the globe for years working towards a central theme…the unity of the body of Christ and the formation of worshiping communities worldwide.
Nathan makes things happen. Whether its reaching for that deeper place in worship or sorting out the mess of finances, we all depend on Nate. He is a self motivator to the max -always looking for ways to further the Kingdom. He has a gnawing desire to learn…everything. He reads constantly and with purpose.
He is a man of paradoxes. His insight and perspective reaches across the global body of Christ and yet he inspires and thrives in small community and intimate relationship. Extremely practical and creatively inspired, he is the glue in our community.
We believe the world will soon look back and recognize that this man's passion changed things.
Michael is passion personified. He sings loudly, loves deeply, and worships God like it's his last day on earth, every time. He also must have found the fountain of youth, because he doesn't age. Try to guess his age, and you're sure to shoot low.
Michael has taught us what the Father's heart looks like. In the most subtle way, he creates an environment where you feel safe talking about anything, judgment free. He is a pastor and mentor to high school and college age kids on a daily basis, a loving husband and father to his wife Ivey and four kids. He's our pastor too, come to think of it.
And did we mention he can sing like no ones business? You haven't lived until you've heard Michael spontaneously erupt during worship. You might be tricked into thinking you've been raptured. But that's not his only talent. Regardless of what he's working with, he finds a way to turn it into beautiful art. We call him the modern day renaissance man.
Spend a day with Michael and you'll run 6 miles at 7am, carry at least two boys latched to your neck and leg, save a person's life in the emergency room, and maybe write Toby Mac's next pop hook. No sweat, all in a day's work for Mr. Ketterer.
Michael is our walking inspiration for a man laying his life down for others.
Watch out fellas, Andrea can probably out play you any day of the week on her guitar. But she's just getting warmed up. She'll jump to piano next, and the music saga continues. And it's really all over when she starts to sing. Andrea Marie is the dynamite combo. At 21 years old, her future is wide open. She's also married to Will, so we're already kinda afraid of the musical prodigies coming their way. Watch out world.
Andrea grew up in a traveling musical family with ten siblings. Yep, you read that right, ten. She's been playing music as long as she can remember. The first time we heard Andrea sing, we started conniving a way for her to join our community. "Hey, check out our cd. Wanna record with us next time?" It went something like that. Thanks to Will, her joining in is official :)
Andrea brings such a refreshing peace to the UP family, inviting us all into the Reagan home on a regular basis. What used to be Banks House bachelor pad, she has now transformed into a retreat for the soul. Only a woman could have done it. No more dirty dishes either. Wooosh.
Spend any amount of time with Andrea, and her deep friendship with Jesus is obvious. She's exudes warmth and love, and makes you feel relaxed on the inside. Relaxed, except when you play spades with her. She will destroy you in cards, cook you a mountain of delicious pasta, haunt you with delicate melodies and lyrical poetry, or any combination of the three.
Downloading is cool. Instant having. But who doesn't love skipping down the driveway and finding something new??
Woah there nathan!? Yea, he plays on everybody's albums. So why not fill his store to the brim?