STEWART: Man City [Manchester] Hockey Team and the Denver Broncos.
STEWART: Three of us ran the London Marathon (Stewart, Jon, & Stu).
MARTIN: I like to garden.
STU: Wheaton Terrier
MARTIN: Lassie (Collie)
TIM: British Bull Dog
STEWART: My favorite is the Alsatian, but my daughter says she doesn’t like dogs. I’ll get her over that when I bring her home an Alsatian pup!
MARTIN: Walmart. Every time we come over, first stop is Walmart. We stock up on pants.
STEWART: One is a Starbucks Frappuccino. And also the other thing that we stock up on is Gatorade.
STU: McDonald’s strawberry shake.
JON: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
JON: Dennis the Menace
JON: Hawaii Five-O
STEWART: Dukes of Hazzard
JON: Douglas Copeland
STU: The Apostle Paul
MARTIN: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis
STEWART: I enjoyed Vinnie Jones’ autobiography. He’s a football [soccer] player.
American Tourist Attraction:
STEWART: Pacific Ocean - the beach
MARTIN: I would love to go see The Grand Canyon
MARTIN: Milk chocolate. Chocolate bars in the UK are much better. Your pasteurizing laws are much different than ours. We have much more cream and cocoa. If you ever go to Switzerland, their chocolate is even better. They have better cows than we do!
STEWART: We don’t eat chocolate ‘cause we run marathons.
Favorite place in which you’ve played:
STEWART: My favorite is Copenhagen in Denmark. We’ve played there, and it was fantastic.
MARTIN: Sydney, Australia
STU: I love playing everywhere.
by Tracy Darlington
not a weak thing to walk away. Sometimes that can be the strong thing
to do -- To have the strength and courage to walk away from situations
that you know aren’t going to be helpful to you."
Blue lights beam down on the shaved head of kilt-clad Stu Garrard, while shaggy-haired Martin Smith croons in his Bono-meets-Sting voice. Behind him, athletic Stew Smith skillfully keeps the beat on drums. Soft spoken Jon Thatcher, the youngest band member, stoically plucks his bass, with keyboard player Tim Jupp’s stylish glasses reflecting the huge crowd.
But there’s more to the guys in Delirious than their 80's-crisp music and zesty stage presence. Being in the spotlight of fame isn’t always a walk in the park. It can be full of pitfalls and temptations. Find out how these 5 Brits stay close to God and how you can too.
Tracy: How did you come to know the Lord, and who played the most important role in leading you to Christ?
STEW SMITH (Drums): Growing up, we never went to church or anything like that. My mom and dad aren’t Christians. I started a job when I was 18, and there was a guy there named Andy Mill. He was a believer, and that was the first encounter I had with a born again Christian. Over the next 2 years I asked him every single question you could think of. His answers made sense to me, and there was something different about the guy, as well. So when I was 20 years old I became a Christian and things started to change for me.
Share with us a time when God provided for you both personally and as a band?
TIM JUPP (Keyboards): I remember when we first started Delirious. We had no money and no vehicle to travel around in. The moment we started, we were given enough money to go and buy a vehicle. We’ve always known God’s gone before us and provided for us each step of the way.
STU GARRARD (Guitar): Just the very fact that we are still here doing what we are doing is God providing for us. This collection of guys from all different types of backgrounds is definitely a God thing.
How do you keep strong spiritually when you’re on the road?
STU GARRARD: Over the years God has surrounded us with people to help us, you know, our road manager, lighting guy and our whole crew. When I look back and see all the people that are now with us in the vision, running with what we’re doing, that really blows me away. It’s a total God thing.
STEW SMITH: It’s the small things that really help your relationship with God as much as the big things. A little conversation with one of the guys that motivates or inspires you to see something in a different way. It’s an every day thing, changing us and getting us closer to God.
During your growing up years was there anyone that helped you stay on track with God?
TIM JUPP: My parents. I mean, how they had the patience to put up with me as a teenager is amazing to me. I think about that now that I’m a parent.”
What advice can you give to someone struggling with prayer?
MARTIN SMITH (Lead singer, guitars): The main thing is to have a life of prayer and to make your whole life and thoughts turn God-ward. I think that’s what Paul meant in the New Testament by always being mindful. That’s the key, really. You can be on the bus or on the train having a conversation with someone and all the sudden you think, “Yeah, God really help them today.” That’s as much a prayer as anything.
STU GARRARD: When people ask me about prayer I always point them to the Psalms. I think that’s a fantastic book for learning how to pray out of any situation. You look at the life of David and how sometimes he was really up and other times he was absolutely desperate. It’s really inspirational.
What tips would you give someone on how to reach their friends for Christ?
JON THATCHER (Bass): Actions speak louder than words. Being your friend and showing them, rather than just telling them, how to live is always very powerful. It’s the little things that speak volumes.
Lot’s of us have to deal with negative peer pressure. Do you have any advice from your own personal experience on how to handle it?
MARTIN SMITH: A good church is really key to your growing strong as a Christian, having a good youth group and good friends who are also like minded. You’ve got to go to school and maybe have a part time job, so you’ve got to mix with people who don’t believe in God. But as long as you’re mostly surrounded by people who are running for the same things you are, that really helps.
TIM JUPP: It’s not a weak thing to walk away. Sometimes that can be the strong thing to do -- To have the strength and courage to walk away from situations that you know aren’t going to be helpful to you.
STU GARRARD: I remember in school one time we were doing javelin and games, and the teacher left me in charge after laying down the law that you must not throw when it’s not your turn. He went off and did something, and all my mates were starting to throw their javelins when his back was turned. I was really trying to gain control, and I didn’t know what to do when he came back. He asked me who was throwing them and I had to tell him. All my friends were there. They were saying to me, “Don’t do anything; don’t tell him.” But I told him anyway. Later they actually said, “Well done. You did the right thing.”
Could you share a miracle God’s done in your life?
STEW SMITH: It sounds a bit soppy, but every time I look at my kids it’s incredible. When you see a baby being born, that’s an incredible miracle. Natural things sometimes are the things that will draw you closer to God.
Tracy Darlington is a freelance writer, and her work has appeared in Brio, Breakaway, YS, CCM Magazine, Insight, Susie Magazine, and other publications. She has interviewed countless Christian musicians including Rebecca St. James, Delirious, Newsboys, Leigh Nash, Barlowgirl, Krystal Meyers, Joy Williams, Pillar, Michelle Tumes, and many others. In her spare time she can be found riding horses or listening to music and sipping a Venti 3-shot sugar-free vanilla latte. Visit her online at her blog where she talks about Music, God, dogs and coffee. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.