The gifts Lisa Mitts brings to this year’s conference as worship leader have come at great personal cost. She is a survivor of trauma.
When she was 24, a stalker assaulted her at knifepoint in her own home. Lisa is convinced that her life would have ended had it not been for a miraculous intervention. She heard a voice telling her what to say to the man. The words that tumbled out of her mouth caused the attacker to leave while she was still alive.
“I had been raised in a Jewish family, and at the time, I did not know God personally,” Lisa says. “But to this day I can still remember His voice speaking. Two years later I recognized the same voice when He pursued me to know Him as Yeshua, Jesus, the lover of my soul, who protected and delivered me—first physically, then spiritually.”
She admits that for many years, even after becoming a believer, she couldn’t speak about the attack because she still needed deep healing and freedom from shame, anxiety, and the fear of death.
Lisa’s salvation experience took place two days after her husband, David, gave his life to Christ at a 1988 business convention in Miami, Florida. The couple now supports each other in ministries of healing as David practices holistic medicine and Lisa works with victims of human trafficking. Together they established the Seattle chapter of The Defender Foundation, as well as founding Destiny House Restoration Center, a rehabilitation facility for rescued victims.
Lisa Mitts and Dr. Stacy Cecchet, a psychologist, professor, and consultant to the Seattle Police Department and the Washington State Congress, have developed the breakthrough program, H.E.A.R.T.S (Healing, Education, And Restoration Treatment for Survivors), used at Destiny House and other centers.
David and Lisa are also the founders and senior pastors of One New Man Ministry in Renton, Washington, where, as Jewish believers, they instruct their congregation on Christianity’s Hebraic roots. David has written three books on the subject.
The depth of compassion and understanding that Lisa has for traumatized people, along with her own personal healing, add to the richness of her worship of the King of Kings.
She began her musical journey at age six when she started taking piano lessons, and she applied herself to the study of music. At the University of Florida, she chose music as her major. But after just a year, she realized she didn’t want to be a classical pianist and went on to earn a degree in journalism and communications and broadcast production. For a brief time she worked at the NBC affiliate in San Francisco.
Today Lisa has returned to her musical roots and is a worship leader, singer, songwriter, and recording artist. Her passion against human trafficking is expressed in her song “Where Has Love Gone?” In September 2015, its music video was awarded Best Music Video at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is currently working on her fifth CD project with the hope that it will reach hundreds of thousands of listeners to bring healing, encouragement, and a more intimate relationship with God.
In addition to leading worship at this year’s Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, Lisa will also teach a workshop:
The Heart and Technique of Writing Song Lyrics – Discover the art of writing powerful song lyrics, especially for the genre of contemporary Christian music (CCM). In addition to the basic structure of a good song, also covered will be the importance of combining passion, emotion, and personal testimony with the foundations of God’s Word and message for all His children. All class participants will have the opportunity to write their first song or improve their lyric-writing skills and share with the class. No prior musical or songwriting experience is necessary (all levels).
Elizabeth Griffin has worked as a writer and editor for a monthly lifestyle newspaper for the past decade. She has published more than 500 articles in newspapers, anthologies, and magazines, in addition to the books Fragile X, Fragile Hope: Finding Joy in Parenting a Child with Special Needs and Margot’s Story. Elizabeth’s favorite subject matter is true stories about inspirational people. She loves to speak truth into the lives of others and has been a Bible teacher for 15 years. Her current passions are writing for an international network of church planters and her blog Follow the Dots.