Our Ministry

"From the moment we heard Living Praise we have been moved by their beautiful music. It is inspiring, uplifting, and anointed! I(Patti) play their CD in my car and their voices speed my way to heaven. For yourself and your friends, let Living Praise help you worship God."

-Al & Patti Mansfeild

We are You
The women of Living Praise come from all walks of life - married, single, divorced, annulled, remarried, professionals, stay at home moms, and home-schoolers. We raise children, grandchildren, horses, dogs, gardens and flowers. We lead and serve in other music groups in our churches, Catholic and Protestant, traditional and charismatic. What has brought us together is a desire to serve the body of Christ with the gifts of worship the Lord has given us. We strive not to perform but share a gift of passionate worship, bringing those we minister to into the Lord's presence.

 
 
Magnificat" sung in New Orleans
with composer Elyse O'Kane (red jacket)

Bio's

Susan PotvinSusan Potvin
Living Praise is being led by worship leader Susan Potvin. Susan, guitar and vocal, has led and directed music ministry groups for over 30 years. As a conference and retreat speaker, as well as a worship leader, she has a passion to encourage others toward a deep and personal relationship with the Lord. Grateful for the blessing of marriage, Susan and her husband, Urby, have been serving the Lord together for over 30 years in church renewal and ecumenical work. Passionate about adoption, they have raised 4 children and have one grandchild. Susan also enjoys working as a guidance counselor in a Christian high school. When she's at home, you can find her hiking in the woods with her 3 Labrador retrievers.

Karen Herrmann
Karen Herrmann, a guitarist, vocalist and prolific songwriter has produced 7 CDs, the latest being Show Your Power.
(visit www.karenherrmann.com) She has a passion to bring renewal to the church, serving on Life in the Spirit and evangelization teams, parish and charismatic prayer community music ministries. She and her husband, John, have a blended family of 9 children and 35 grandchildren!



Anne Recznik
Our keyboard player, Anne Recznik and her husband, Mark, keep very busy with their 5 daughters. Two of them are students at Franciscan University in Steubenville, where Mark works, and their youngest daughter was adopted from China in 2001. Anne is also a catechist at her parish and serves in the music ministry of a charismatic prayer community.

Lisa Ledyard, vocal & percussion, leads an active life raising six children with her husband Chris. She's an all around sports mom, school volunteer, parish cantor, and has been faithfully serving in pro-life ministry for over 20 years.


Karen Jedrzejewski, drummer, experienced a powerful conversion in her life. As a result, she lives a life sold out for God, boldly and joyfully sharing His love with everyone she meets. She and her husband Al raise their 3 children on a horse farm in the country.

Angela Ripley serves in many ways including playing flute and bass as well as being our sound technician. She and her husband, Brent, have been happily married for 15 years and have two beautiful children. Angela's passion is working with teenagers as a band and choir director at the Junior and Senior High School where her husband is a principal.

How we Began
"Living Praise" is a Music Ministry Worship Team founded on the call to worship the Lord through song and praise. We strive to bring an inspiring spirit of worship wherever we sing, inviting all to become "living praise" for the Lord with us.

Though some of our members have sung and worshipped together for nearly 25 years, the group's formal ministry began in 2000 providing worship for women's conferences at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, Living Praise has ministered to over 20,000 at churches, revivals, retreats and other Christian conferences and events. We have provided worship music for numerous Diocesan Women's Events including the Dioceses of Steubenville, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Youngstown, Altoona, and the Archdiocese of Detroit. One of the regular groups we serve is "Magnificat: A Ministry to Catholic Women". We provide worship music for the quarterly Magnificat prayer breakfasts for the chapter located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (www.magnificatpittsburgh.org). We also minister with music and worship at the biannual International Magnificat Women's Conference in New Orleans, LA (www.magnificat-ministry.org).

Our CD Ministry - "Take us home with you!"
Our CDs are unique because they are recorded at live worship events. They are filled with genuine, heartfelt, spirit-led praise to our Lord. We are not about performance; we are about worship and creating an atmosphere for others to be able to enter into worship as well. On our CDs, our fellow worshippers can be heard praising, singing and clapping.

We have received so much feed back from those who have our CDs saying, "I worship with you everyday!" "I've worn out my CD praising with you!" "Our prayer group uses your CDs for our worship time every meeting."

We have produced a total of three CDs The first two CDs entitled, "Draw Me, O King" and "Magnify" were created for the "Worship with Steubenville" CD Series. Having sold over 7,000 copies these CDs we reprinted them again under our new label "Living Praise Worship". They are still called "Draw Me, O King" (the gold one) and "Magnify" (the blue one). Our third CD, "My Soul Must Sing" is now available! We were greatly blessed to be able to produce this CD.

Be sure to visit our "Store" for details on placing an order for all three CDs!. They can be ordered online or you can download a form to send with a check.

2009 Living Praise Worship