Meet our newest team member

Last month we shared that Luke Rollins, our DJ Ministry Coordinator for the past six years, was moving on. This month we are excited to share the news that Jerry Frempong has joined us in this role. Jerry is a dear friend of Third Space Ministries and we sat down with him to let you get to know him a little better…

Hi Jerry, welcome to your new role at Third Space Ministries. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi everyone, well I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, starting and running different businesses. My latest venture is called DJs on Demand.  I source DJs for different events in around the country and around the world and provide pastoral care for them whilst on tour etc. I’ve also been a DJ for about 30 years, DJ-ing in various events and venues all over the world. I’m passionate about music and the many ways that it is a powerful tool for sharing the good news in secular spaces. I’m married to Katie and now excited to take over from Luke Rollins in growing the work he has built at Third Space Ministries over the last six years.

What’s your connection with the DJ ministry at Third Space?

I’ve been a trustee of Third Space Ministries for nine years; this year I took a break from that role. I’ve been involved in DJ Unity since its inception and supported Luke with the leadership of the group. Last year, I also trained as a volunteer chaplain with Soundcheck. So, when Luke let us know that he was moving on, and I had stepped down as a Trustee, I realised that God was calling me to continue building this work.

You mentioned that you’ve been a DJ for 30 years, so you have a long history in the music industry yourself?

Yes, music was a big part of my life growing up.  My father was a record producer, and he had his own record label. From the age of five I would regularly spend time in the studio with him, experiencing all kinds of artists and genres of music. Then, when I was 17, a friend introduced me to DJ-ing, and while I was at University in Leeds, I started curating music events. I then started a business doing that and I haven’t looked back since.

How did you initially connect with Third Space Ministries?

I met Carolyn at an event for local Christian leaders called Merton 316. We talked, and she shared her vision for working with DJs. We kept in touch and a few years later she called to ask if I would be a trustee. I was delighted to accept, and I’ve been involved ever since. It’s been exciting to watch God grow and develop the work of Third Space Ministries over that time, and to have been part of praying and believing so many wonderful things into being.

What are some of the ways you are hoping to build on this role over the next 12 months?

I love what Luke has started. The DJ Unity group has grown together, and we have learned how to support one another in our music ventures and in what it means to be a witness for Christ in the challenges of the music industry. I think the podcast Luke started last year is fantastic and Soundcheck is already having an important impact supporting individual professionals and artists within the industry.
I am hoping to continue all these ventures, to train more volunteer chaplains for Soundcheck, and to grow and develop the podcast. I will also continue to shepherd the DJ Unity group as we pray and disciple one another. I pray that we will be even more impactful in evangelistic outreach going forward.
One of my dreams is that we host events together where we invite the Holy Spirit to come and soften people’s hearts though the music and prayer. Over the years I have organised and hosted boat parties with 400 plus people and seen how powerful it can be when Christians provide joy filled music and events are soaked in prayer. One year while I was DJ-ing at such an event, one of my non-Christian friends received prayer and a word of knowledge. She was so impacted by the experience that she became a Christian and is now being discipled by myself and another DJ. We are seeing God move in her life in such incredible ways.  Many people will not attend traditional church settings, but will attend an event where they can hear music and dance. I believe that it is the blueprint for one of the ways that we can share the gospel with people. We want to do things differently – bringing hope and joy and the presence of God to events where people can find freedom and the life changing power of God’s love.
In the music industry, the language of music connects us. But the shared need for pastoral and mental health support and care also connects us. Increasingly, there is an awareness of the spiritual and mental health needs that so many people are searching for answers to, and I believe that chaplaincy is an important and pioneering part of meeting that need.

What are you most excited about as you take on this role?

I was thinking about this today. I think I’m most excited about the unknown! About what God has planned and what He is going to do in and through me and through the DJ ministry. There’s only so much that I can do, but God has already brought us so far, and He’s always doing more than we can ask or think or imagine. I’m excited about all the people who otherwise would maybe not have heard the good news of Jesus who will because of this work and whose lives will be transformed because of it.

How can we pray for you in this role and how we can pray for the work that you’re doing?

I would value prayers for wisdom as I listen to God for the path ahead. For protection. I’m not naïve about the challenges of the music industry.  For continued unity among the DJs in the DJ Unity group, and for God to show us the strategies for reaching many people as we pray and worship together.  For God’s continued provision of finances and volunteers so that we can sustain the work and grow as God opens doors and opportunities.

Luke and Jerry talked more in our latest Soundcheck Stories Podcast which you can listen to here.

Welcome Jerry, we are so excited for all that God is going to do through you at Third Space Ministries. You are a wonderful gift to our staff team.