Friends and References
Bill Gaither Gaither Music

"Doug Eltzroth is a great talent. I can vouch for his personal character and his artistic ability. He is a wonderful articulator and will inspire your people."

 

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Brian Mount
OM International
"Doug came and was among us. Rather than delivering a preset package of mere songs, Doug came alongside us and sojourned with us through psalms, hymns and spiritual songs during our week together. His combination of impromptu a cappella melodies, personal stories and original pieces as well as traditional and contemporary praise choruses, formed a wonderful mosaic of praise. We participated with him. Doug's humble, casual and intentional style is both refreshing and uplifting. Our team was engaged and refreshed. He left a thumbprint on our team that carried on after our week together. We like Doug."

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Buddy Greene
Artist / Songwriter

"In my book it doesn't get any better than Collage. An emphasis on the arts in worship is so needed in the current evangelical culture; storytelling, dance, music, the performing and visual arts, are gifts from the Creator to imitate Him as we respond to the Great Commission to preach the gospel and make disciples. Doug and Cindy, their children and the other team members do indeed form a beautiful collage of talent, love amazing creativity and gospel community that all together works to reveal Jesus as beautiful and believable."

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Sharon Allibone, CDFA

"Douglas and Cynthia Eltzroth minister their love of God and passion for the arts in all that they do. Doug has a sensitivity to the Spirit that enables him to lead a worship gathering uniquely into the presence of God. Cynthia is a beautiful and gifted dancer, choreographer and teacher who communicates brilliantly Gods grace. Their children Tessa, Emma and Trailand each have their own gifting to contribute to the ministry of the Eltzroth family and together they make a significant impact on any group under their leadership. Conferences although places of great inspiration and encouragement are very artificial environments in which to meet people but when a family like the Eltzroths travel together they bring more than the blessing of their individual gifting, they bring a touch of reality, an example of love in action and of working together as a unit to see God's purposes achieved. In 1997 I traveled to South Africa to attend an International Christian Dance Fellowship Conference. Many significant things happened there but for me the most important was meeting the Eltzroth family. I encourage you to sit for a while in their presence and drink in their love for each other and for the wonderful God they serve."
 

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Joni Eareckson Tada
"I will long remember the "That All May Worship" conference in the Bay Area for many reasons...but the brightest and best reason is your incredible dance, dear friends. Whether watching little ponies prance across a windy field under the sunshine of my artwork, or whether watching the life cycle of Araya (Araya's Wings) from birth into earth and birth into heaven, I shall never forget the beauty, grace, skill and gentle yet powerfully poignant message.  Thank you for your artistry and your professionalism...I trust somehow, someway we at Joni and Friends/Bay Area may be able to continue to connect with you friends in order to inspire and encourage so many more families affected by disability. When I think of you and your dance team, I can't help but think of Hebrews 6:10, "For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them." When God wrote that verse, He had Collage/New Trails in mind."

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Mary Jones, International Christian Dance Fellowship
"I have always appreciated working with Cindy and Doug. They have a servant attitude and at the same time are very professional both from business and artistic angles. Their heart is to live and present the spirit and news of Jesus; people are always encouraged in their faith and art by their teaching and presentations. They are easy to work with because of their flexibility, humility and generosity as well as their professionalism. Their family has stayed in my home several times and it has been good to see the sense of commitment, fun and balance in their life style."

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Steve Amerson
Recording Artist

"Doug Eltzroth is one of the most talented and gifted songsmiths of today's worship scene. He knows how to pack a lyric full of content and weave a melody so that it is fresh yet memorable. His most recent recording, Refreshment of Praise displays not only that his heart beats in sync with the Father's heart, but that he also grasps how to communicate the majesty of a transcendent Lord to the ears of contemporary man. Do I like the music of Doug Eltzroth? There's no doubt about it!"

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