Kork is a performing musician at heart. He held no “real” socially acceptable job until around 1986. Prior to that, (since around 13 years old), he was a musician, playing with enough bands that he can’t remember them all.
Other than working to be a great guitar player, he had marginal local success, playing with some really fine and talented musicians. Some of them included; Total Eclipse, Jester, Cheezgumb, Toxic Shock, and having the most success with Joey Saint & HiFi for a four year stint, beginning to sign a record deal with Atlantic Records, and losing the deal with Atlantic. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some really great acts as well—from very wonderful local acts, to national, and international artists, such as; The Edgar Winter Group, Bricklin, Tom Gillam, The VELs, Pretty Poison, The Smithereens, A Flock of Seagulls, and Level 42.
Having kids changes everything, but not as much as a religious conversion, where hwe ventured to become responsible for the first time, and entered Seminary, although he could not keep that up, feeling more and more distance from God the longer he kept at it.
His church experience evolved into seeing a huge disconnect from the Christ he found in scripture, and began a journey of embracing the marginalized in life. Both heartbreaking, and redemptive. Through this experience, he discovered that there was such a thing as “Church Planting,” and became active within the Grace Brethren Fellowship, and later found out that there were no “Magic Annunciations from On High” within that qualify one to begin a faith community. He was fully engaged engaged in creating a “church” through a feeding ministry he began years before. So, Still Waters Church was birthed.
"Still Waters" is a socially conscience church, dedicated to intentional community through diversity, and hopes to build a church of equality, freedom and acceptance through the love of Christ, seeking to regain the biblical description of Christ’s Community. It is primarily a re-imagined way of "being church," that is quite different and fulfilling, ruining its members, for ever returning to a standard, “normal” way, of dong church, ever again. "It is freeing to not have to wear a pious disguise, and liberating to engage in activities and associations that would have been considered sinful."
So, as a pastor, Christ-follower, church builder, musician, father, husband, and activist, Kork has reverted, full circle to playing the music that really excites him (and God) in bars, where he believes Jesus would hangout today.
Continuing the pilgrimage...