There are not too many circumstances under which people from diverse backgrounds converge and volunteer their efforts for a project with eternal implications. This is exactly what happened, though, when an entrepreneur, a mortgage broker, a math teacher, and an engineer got together to write, sing, and play music.
Abel’s Offering was born of the praise team at the Glenview Evangelical Free Church in 2004. Don Chookaszian, Dan Chookaszian, and Steve Smith had been playing together since the mid-90s. With Dan’s burgeoning songbook, the time had arrived to record, and so Abel’s Offering was born and their first project, “Lookin’ Straight Ahead” was released in 2006.
When Ben Snyder joined the band late in 2006, the band’s sound and focus took a more piano-oriented direction. Ben began writing and Ben and Dan began collaborating. Soon, it became clear that the time had arrived to go back in the studio. With the recent additions of JP Chookaszian and Will Brown, the lineup was complete and on November 14, 2009, the recording of “Testimony” began.
Abel’s Offering has not forsaken its roots. They still serve as the lead worshippers at the Glenview Evangelical Free Church, playing both services on Sunday Morning, as well as a once-per-month outreach on a Sunday night.
Dan Chookaszian, rhythm guitar and lead vocals
Ben Snyder, keyboards and vocals
Don Chookaszian, lead guitar and vocals
Steve Smith, bass and vocals
JP Chookaszian, rhythm guitar
Will Brown, drums and percussion
Lookin' Straight Ahead, CD released October, 2006
Testimony, CD released March, 2010
Our set lists can range from 10-15+ songs and last between 1-1.5 hours. Songs can vary.
We do several covers of Contemporary Christian artists, ranging from Chris Tomlin to Starfield.
Typical concert set:
Been Made Holy
Over All Blessing and Praise
In Victory You Stand
Worthy Is the Lamb
Your Praise Reaches Out
Renew Them in Our Day
We Cry Holy
We All Are Gathered
Battle Belongs to the Lord*
All songs original except *