What We Do …
A dynamic team of dancers, speakers, and musicians, 1:11 aims to reveal Jesus through our unique and powerful mix of message and medium. Our work has been called “a holy tapestry,” “a visual and auditory feast,” and profoundly moving.
Every 1:11 production is biblically based, artistically excellent, and aims to reveal Jesus to head and heart.
A typical 1:11 show is 45-60 minutes long and intersperses power-packed speaking segments (we’ve been called the TED Talks of ministry) with dance and music that explore, enhance, and embody the themes. Not just a message and not just a performance, every 1:11 production is an experience that leads audiences into encounter with God.
What’s in a Name?
The name “1:11” is a reference to Mark 1:11, where the Father proclaims to Jesus, “You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” It is our desire that the people of God will see the beloved Son of God more clearly and worship him wholeheartedly. Consecutive number 1’s have also become a personal symbol for us of coming into alignment with God’s will in every area of our lives.
1:11 began bringing our unique mix of word and dance to the church world as Soli Deo Gloria Ballet, debuting in 2008 with the Lord’s Prayer-based production “Father.” In the next seven years we toured across Canada, the US, and the Philippines, giving over 250 shows in churches, outreach events, schools, and more. In response to new direction and vision, we renamed the team in 2015.
Since the early days, we have used arts and word to lead tens of thousands of people worldwide in worship and discovery of the heart of God.
The story of God’s love for us, His restoring and healing power and desire for a personal relationship was powerfully communicated in a visual and auditory feast of story, dance and song. I am so pleased that the creative arts are being used so powerfully to His glory and honour.–Dr. Dave Fowler, Oshawa, ON
1:11 partners with various artists and speakers. But at any given show, you’re liable to see the following five.
1:11’s principal dancer and chief choreographer, Carolyn heads up the dance aspects of the ministry. Classically trained through the Royal Academy of Dance as both a ballet dancer and a dance teacher, Carolyn co-founded Soli Deo Gloria Ballet in 2007 and has become one of the ministry’s most recognizable faces. Prior to and concurrent with her work with SDG Ballet, she ran Daybreak Dance Studio for sixteen years, training dancers in British Columbia and Ontario.
Carolyn’s choreography has been called “superbly expressive,” utilizing influences from ballet, jazz, and contemporary dance. Award-winning recording artist Debbie Fortnum says, “Carolyn Currey is a dancer whose caliber I have not before seen in the Church . . . She is simply a gift to the Body of Christ.”
Speaker and author Mercy Hope joined the group as a camp speaker in 2011 and then as the head speaker for ODE TO THE BROKEN, a production that explores themes of brokenness, healing, and redemption.
In 2012 Mercy became one of our two primary speakers. Mercy’s love for God and for people shines through her compassionate, relatable, and deeply Christ-centered messages. Mercy is a biblical counselor and the interviewer for FaithTalks.com.
RACHEL STARR THOMSON
Speaking and Spoken Word
As one of 1:11’s primary speakers, Rachel combines a confident, clear speaking style with profound biblical insight. As co-founder of SDG Ballet in 2007, she has helped lead the transition to 1:11 in 2015.
Rachel facilitates the creation of new productions around biblical themes that will speak to the body of Christ in relevant, powerful ways. Rachel also performs with 1:11 as a spoken-word poet and singer.
In her other life, Rachel is a multi-published author, penning over 30 works of fiction and nonfiction.
Christa Currey has played violin and fiddle for fifteen years, performing first with the St. Catharines-based orchestra Mercredi Musique and then as first violin for Soli Deo Gloria Ballet.
In 2008 she took over live music arrangement and band directing for SDG, transitioning in 2015 into music director for 1:11. Christa teaches violin from her home studio.
Elyssa Currey has danced with 1:11 Ministries since its inception as Soli Deo Gloria Ballet in 2007. She completed her graduating exams in ballet with the RAD and ABT in 2015. Her distinctive choreography is featured in many of our productions.
Statement of Faith
I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
We are now a partner ministry with the non-profit mission organization, Flyingbow. Find our how to support us through our Flyingbow project here.