Good Friday with RISE

"What Jesus did on Good Friday is the reason we can have hope in moments of grief."

Are you in a season of grief? Have you experienced the loss of a loved one, a relationship, or an expectation? Can grief and joy co-exist? 

Rob Roozeboom and Christian music artist Cade Thompson explore these questions and more during our Good Friday program, "Good Friday & Grief." They talk openly about their own experiences with grief and how what Jesus did on Good Friday is the reason we can have hope.

Our 4th annual Good Friday program features original songs by Cade Thompson, real-life stories, and a message of hope from Rob Roozeboom. If you missed it, you can still watch it on Facebook and YouTube!



Cade Thompson - Christian Music Artist

Red Street Records artist, Cade Thompson, is an energetic and soulful Contemporary Christian music artist with a sound that appeals to believers and mainstream pop audiences alike. Cade’s effortless style promotes his personal musical influences, which draws heavily from the church. Cade has an admirable ability to transform his thoughts and faith into a powerful collection of melodies and lyrics that inspire people of all ages to step into all that God has for them.

Cade has had an affinity with music since his toddler days when even a preschool teacher noticed him frequently harmonizing early on, and eventually progressed through piano, guitar and drum lessons. After joining the youth worship team in 6th grade, a music mentor came into his life who emphasized the importance of seeking God through the Bible outside of a worship setting. This understanding placed Cade on a deeper course of encountering the love of the Father and seeking His presence more intently. In these early teen years, Cade knew God was calling him into music ministry and giving him opportunities to grow in that calling.

God has continued to reveal Cade’s heart, the outpouring has resulted in a strong connection to his generation sonically and lyrically. Shortly after finishing high school, Cade moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Following his move, Cade signed a record deal with Red Street Records, an independent Christian label founded by Rascal Flatts member, Jay DeMarcus. Thompson made waves across the Christian music community with the release of his debut single, “Provider” and in August 2020, earned his first Top 20 Billboard charting single with “Every Step of the Way.” He has also seen huge success online, where his music has earned over sixty million streams to date.

Cade hit the ground running in 2021 and 2022, with a consistent lineup of shows across the nation opening for some of CCM’s biggest names. Cade’s debut album, Bigger Story, was released in September 2021 and paved the way for his upcoming sophomore album, Empty Room. Dropping in April 2023, this project will host 12 powerful tracks including Cade’s current radio single “Good God,” which follows his massively successful “Arms of Jesus” that racked up over sixteen million streams to date.


Rob Roozeboom - Speaker

Rob is sought out to share his story and bring Jesus’s message of hope to communities, businesses, and prominent events nationwide.

Living life with muscular dystrophy has given him a relatable perspective on walking through adversity and holding onto your faith. His authenticity connects with and encourages people wherever he goes.

Through these engagements he’s helped change the lives of thousands of people–and there’s still many more to reach.

Rob is the founder and president of RISE Ministries, Inc. in Sheldon, Iowa. In 2005, he and his team launched RiseFest, a Christian Music Festival that showcases the nation’s top Christian artists and speakers and hosts more than 19,000 people over 2 days.

In 2020, Rob and the RISE team created a podcast called Enjoying the Journey which features real-life stories of people overcoming adversity through Jesus. Rob has interviewed pro athletes, authors, psychologists, evangelists, pastors, and more. Rob and the team also produce an online video series called, "Stories of Strength," and annual TV broadcasts for Christmas and Good Friday that now reach thousands of people.

This year, Rob and the RISE team want to make history in the town of Sheldon, Iowa, by breaking the record for the most people ever gathered for an event (a record that’s currently held by a KKK event that happened in the 1920s). Our dream is to have 25,001 people at RiseFest 2024!