Jack Heaslip: U2′s Traveling Pastor Appears By The Sea

God Grrl (aka Cathleen Falsani) blogged this week about having Jack Heaslip as a guest preacher last Sunday morning at the Little Church By The Sea, in Laguna Beach, California.

Go read her blog about it and listen to the WAV file of his message from Ephesians 3, titled “What If God Is Even Greater Than We Think?” God Girl captured his talk on her phone (and posted with his permission.) She mentioned to me the other voices on the recording are lead pastor Jeff Tacklind doing the introduction, and then at the end, you hear pastors Jay Grant and Brad Coleman, along with Tacklind, praying a blessing over Heaslip.

Many will know from U2’s biography that Heaslip was a high school guidance counselor at Mt. Temple Comprehensive in the 1970s, where U2 first met him. He has since become an ordained Anglican priest.

Many will know, too, that he often travels with U2 on tour, tending to the hundreds of staff and crew members as they are away from homes and families. He likes to arrive at the venues early, as well, to take a prayer walk through the seats and spaces that will be filled later that night with U2’s fans.

Perhaps the last time most of us heard him outside of his church (where he works and speaks from the pulpit when not on tour), was in this now famous “Elevation Tour Blessing” given in Miami on the opening night of U2’s Elevation tour in 2001. Bono introduces him here:

3 Responses to Jack Heaslip: U2′s Traveling Pastor Appears By The Sea

  1. illustrationISM June 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    How cool is that?! !! !
    THANX for sharing ‘GG’.
    It’s awesome to see these different
    facets of U2, God and the fans of both!

  2. Backstrokebrunette June 20, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    This is a beautiful, living testament to the power of Jesus Christ in the lives of U-2 and how richly this band has been blessed and subsequently use their immense blessings to help others. One of the reasons I so love U-2 is their unabashed acknowledgment that there is a power greater than their own at work in their world. U-2 lives by the credo: “you reap what you sow”.

  3. AltRockAddict July 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Just yesterday I was watching the Boston Elevation DVD and was thinking it was the most spiritual performance of Bono’s ever captured on video. He was totally in the Spirit the whole time. This might be one of the reasons!