As lead singer for the Grammy-nominated Christian band SONICFLOOd, Rick Heil has traveled the world, singing before millions. But the passion of his heart is simply this: using music to lead people closer to the heart of God. Regent University proudly welcomes Heil as an artist-in-residence with the International Center for Worship.
In his new role, Heil will lead worship activities on campus and represent the university at events around the country. He looks forward to integrating his heart for worship with his love for ministering to young people.
“We desire to press into God’s heart and use our music to lead people into that space. The medium of worship leads us into a greater understanding of God, so we can be filled with His power and help heal a hurting world,” he says. “There’s so much we have yet to understand, and I pray that by joining Regent at this time in my journey, we can share in the revelation of who we are as God’s people on this planet.”
Heil and his wife, CeCe, a 1992 Regent Law graduate and senior counsel with the American Center for Law and Justice, have been friends of Regent for many years, recently hosting regular worship gatherings in their home that have attracted Regent students.
Heil has ministered through music for 30 years, since he began leading worship in church at age 15. He was a member of the Grammy-nominated band Big Tent Revival from 1995-1999 and was a founding member of SONICFLOOd in 1999. He has earned four Grammy nominations, four ASCAP Awards and two Dove Awards. Under Heil’s leadership, SONICFLOOd is widely recognized as the band that paved the way for the modern praise and worship movement.
“Who better to lead our campus worship experiences than one of the architects of modern worship music,” says Dr. Paul Bonicelli, Regent’s executive vice president. “Rick has such a heart and passion for worship, and we look forward to his igniting even more passion for the Lord among our students, faculty and staff.”