Introducing Our New Keyboardist, Mark Breta Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Abel's Offering is pleased to announce that God has answered our prayers and provided His man. Mark Breta has joined the band playing keyboards and providing vocal support.

Mark was destined to be in music, as his parents bought a piano the year before he was born. He began piano lessons at the age of 7 and has been singing as long as he can remember, occasionally with his brother and cousins, performing for family events.

Mark has been involved with church music since high school and eventually graduated with a Bible & Music degree. Following college, he served as a music & media pastor, and also led worship at various youth conferences. Mark has experience in theater, as an actor and as music director for a variety of productions.

As a recording artist, Mark has recorded a full-length CD and a 3-song EP, and has toured the U.S. and internationally. He continues to be involved on the praise team at his church [The Orchard Evangelical Free Church, Arlington Heights, IL].

Mark's "day job" is with Moody Radio in Chicago, serving in programming and promotions. Occasionally, you can hear him on the air mid-afternoons.

Mark is grateful to God for His timing and counts it a blessing to minister with Abel's Offering.

posted by Abel's Offering on 12/08/2010

The Winds of Change are Blowing Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Changes are happening with Abel's Offering.

Keyboardist Ben Snyder has left the band and returned to the Mission field as he has taken a position with Haven of Peace Academy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Ben's wife, Lauren, also is serving at HOPAC. Abel's Offering is asking all our friends to pray for us as we are seeking God's replacement for Ben.

On September 4th, lead singer and song writer Dan Chookaszian married the girl of his dreams, Alayna, in a joyous ceremony. They are currently on their honeymoon in Hawaii. You can see Dan propose to Alayna at Abel's Offering's May 22 concert on the video tab.

posted by Abel's Offering on 09/09/2010

AO's Dan Chookaszian Interviewed on Moody Radio Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

Abel's Offering's lead singer Dan Chookaszian was interviewed on WMBI-FM Moody Radio in Chicago on Friday May 28. Dan is Vice President of Veteran Lending at American Street Mortgage in Chicago, and discussed both veterans' issues and the music of Abel's Offering. Host Nancy Turner played the song "Been Made Holy" during the program.

You can listen to the interview in its entirety by copying the following link into your browser.

posted by Abel's Offering on 05/28/2010

Dan and Alayna are Engaged! Subscribe To My News (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

At the end of Abel's Offering's CD Release Celebration concert, lead singer Dan Chookaszian sang a new composition to his girlfriend Alayna, and then fell to his knees and proposed marriage. The moment is captured on a video you will find on our Videos tab. [Just a note: Dan was a bit nervous at the beginning of the song. Stay with the video; it is worth it.]
By the way, she did say yes!
See a photograph of the happy couple on our Photo page.

posted by Abel's Offering on 05/23/2010