Dr. Greg Silverman
TESTIMONY: DRY BONES, LIVE!
Greg’s father is a Russian-Polish Jew and his mother is Italian-American. Greg gained an interesting perspective on both Christianity and Judaism from growing up in an interfaith home. He went to Jewish holidays with his father’s side of the family and churches with his mother’s side. Greg remembers accepting Yeshua while visiting his grandmother’s church at eight years of age. Praise the LORD for a praying grandmother!
As a teenager and college student, Greg attended a wide variety of churches. He also gained proficiency in gospel music during these years. By the time he graduated from college at the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in both Vocal Jazz & Gospel Music as well as Psychology, Greg had one foot with the LORD but the other in worldly living.
In Spring 2000, Greg began to point his life wholeheartedly toward God. He was hired as an assistant music director to well-known gospel musician, Ron Metcalf, in New York City. Ron did more than just make use of Greg’s musical gifts and talents; he took Greg under his wing spiritually by praying for and counseling him. Ron encouraged him to seek out the Jewish people who knew Jesus. Little did Greg know that there even was a Messianic Jewish movement, let alone that God would one day call he and his wife into full-time ministry. Within a year, Greg had rededicated his life to the LORD at his mother’s church. Immediately, God was bringing the dry bones in his life to life!
In 2001, while studying classical choral conducting for a Master’s degree at Temple University, Greg was invited by a friend to visit Congregation Beth Yeshua, one of the flagship Messianic synagogues in the United States. From the moment he arrived, he felt spiritually as though he had “come home.” That first night at Beth Yeshua, the synagogue was particularly packed due to the special concert that night. When the guest artist was announced, Greg had a flashback and realized that he had seen this artist on a video that his grandmother had sent him several years prior. Although uninterested at the time, watching that video had impacted him, and it was very possibly the first time that Greg had seen a Messianic Jewish musician. So, Greg was overwhelmed to realize that his first time in Beth Yeshua was actually a concert of the same Marty Goetz that was in the video. What a “God-incidence!”
During this season, Greg wrote his first Messianic worship song. One morning, he went to read his Bible and it fell open to Ezekiel 37.
“The hand of the LORD was upon me, and He brought me out by His Spirit, The LORD set me in the middle of a valley, it was full of dry bones.”
The Dry Bones song eventually became the title song of his first album. Within a year of joining the synagogue, he met his wife, Rosa, who had been in the congregation for several years prior to Greg’s arrival. Greg and Rosa have joyfully become a quartet together with their two wonderful sons!
Greg ministered full-time at Congregation Beth Yeshua from 2004-2010. In Summer of 2010, the Silverman family moved out west to Tucson, Arizona. Greg had been accepted with full scholarship into the prestigious University of Arizona doctoral program in Choral Conducting. Dr. Greg Silverman completed the doctoral degree in December 2013. He served as a Music Professor and Choral Conductor at Eastern University. Dr. Greg presently is the President of his own ministry as well as the Music Director at Desert Hope Lutheran Church in Tucson (www.deserthope.org). As part of his work in Silverman Ministries, Inc., Dr. Greg offers worship concerts, recordings, and training for other worship leaders and artists.
Dr. Greg Silverman has led an original composition at The White House, sung at Carnegie Hall and at Giant Stadium. He has appeared on international broadcasts such as the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Daystar, and the Inspiration Network. Dr. Greg has ministered throughout America and internationally, and he has been a worship leader at the national MJAA Messiah Conferences for over a decade. Dr. Greg released his first full-length album of original Messianic Jewish Music entitled Dry Bones in 2004, Revive in 2007, and singles since. The ministry also released a brief documentary movie about a piece of Hebrew classical choral music and Dr. Greg’s experience as a choral conductor, Sacred. In 2017, Greg, together with his wife, Rosa, released the I AM album. Greg looks forward to ministering and teaching at your congregation, university, or event. For concert or speaking information, please contact Dr. Greg Silverman.