John and Ellie Macpherson
Our vision is to see God glorified through the extensive use of the creative arts of contemporary music, movement and drama in worship with children and adults, enabling them to learn, to grow, to be uplifted and to draw closer to our God.
"I'm the musical brawn and Ellie the creative brains - hence Song & Dance!"
So John describes this unique team whose creative energies have enlightened and inspired children and families with God's great good news over several decades.
Ellie trained as a primary teacher and has a background in musical theatre, Christian dance and children's ministry. She started in the local church choir at age 7 and has been involved in the arts side of the church ever since. Apart from stints as a teacher she has worked for Scripture Union in WA, the Anglican Diocese of Perth as a Children's Fieldworker, and in scripture teaching.
John studied Engineering then worked as a professional musician for four years playing guitar in bands. He continued playing music while working as an acoustic engineer in Sydney and Perth for the next 37 years, retiring in 2014. He has been involved in church life since childhood - in WA and NSW - and has been writing and recording songs for many years.
John and Ellie both have a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College in Perth. They are members of the Anglican Church in Australia and have been based at St Philips in Cottesloe in Western Australia for many years. Together they run the Carols by Candlelight with a live band, an original children's drama that they write and produce, and dancers of various ages performing ballet, contemporary, bootscootin' and jazz styles.
They are committed and passionate about children’s Ministry, and work within a wide range of Christian denominations, through workshops, training, camps, radio programs, family services, kids clubs, school presentations and more.
As Song & Dance they produce contemporary, vibrant Christian music resources for children and the whole family. These have been well received and used widely throughout Australia and New Zealand.