2018 Memorial Day Camp Worship Leader
MEET TAB BEECHLER
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
From the time he began pounding out melodies on a blue, battery-operated toy piano at the age of 5, it was clear that God had an extraordinary plan for Tab Beechler’s life. Six recordings and thousands of performances later, Tab is a celebrated pianist/vocalist and seasoned worship leader whose words and music have brought Hope, encouragement and God’s Truth to countless listeners.
Growing up on a farm in rural Indiana, it didn’t take long for others to notice Tab’s gift of transposing melodies by ear anytime he was near a keyboard. Opportunities to accompany church and school choirs became plentiful, until, at the age of 15, Tab was invited to join a regional gospel group, The Gospel Crusaders. Tab’s abilities continued to garner attention, leading to stints playing for the Northmen, and the award-winning family ensemble, The Perrys. In 1990 Tab felt called to return home to Indiana, where he could have a strong homebase from which to minister—this time as a solo artist. Tab’s full-fledged solo ministry grew quickly, as he performed and led worship at churches; youth retreats; and adult and marriage conferences across the upper Midwest.
In 2002, Tab stepped out of the spotlight in order to devote full attention to his walk with God. “I call this year my ‘Season of Selah,’ because the word selah means ‘to pause and reflect,’” Tab explains. “I came in off the field and God basically turned off the music for a year. I thought I had God figured out, but I learned I needed Him in a way I hadn’t before; I had to trust Him. He reassured me that the hurt I was going through was going to bring Glory to His name.”
This “Season of Selah” not only led to Tab finding new passion and purpose for his music ministry, but it also was the impetus for what would become, eight years later, his signature recording to date. Aptly entitled Season of Selah, the very personal collection features modern worship standards, timeless hymns, and contemporary selections—all of which have had a profound impact on Tab’s life. Season of Selah not only captures the artist’s unique keyboard interpretations, but more importantly, the message of Truth he wishes to convey through his music.
“All these songs are about the Greatness of God,” Tab says. “Because it was during my own ‘Season of Selah’ that I was able to rediscover God’s greatness for myself.”