History & Mission of Recon Records
Recon Records was birthed from an album, and not vice versa. At a regular prayer meeting in a recording studio in North Hollywood owned by Freddie and Chris Perren, a vision for Intercessor, an album that would comprise sung prayers, captured Andrea Hunter’s spirit and imagination. As the concept was shared, many inside and outside the group wrote or recorded songs that reflected prayers of intercession as modeled in the Bible. The songs were sung as a musical at Church on the Way at Jack Hayford’s invitation and performed at the White House, traveling around the world from Australia to China, Africa to Scandinavia, England, South America, and Japan, spreading and encouraging prayer. Today, almost 30 years later, people still listen and pray along with the album that was birthed by a community of prayer and in turn birthed an indie label. Now Intercessor supports the missionary work of Caroline and Josh Smith, who work alongside those who have experienced the devastation of AIDS, but also the warm embrace of Christ; and a subsequent album, Healing Presence, supports Embracing Life Ministries. Recon Records seeks to bring focus to God and spiritual formation to his people through reflection and sung prayer based on Christ’s “Recon”-ciling life, death on the Cross, and resurrection, and ongoing role as Prophet, Priest, and King. It is our hope that the songs based on scriptural truth and personal engagement with God will encourage believers in living as God’s children and kingdom citizens on earth. Heaven can’t wait.
(From left to right Wendell Burton, Stens Christensen, Patti Harrison, Arlene Botler, Marty & Jenny Goetz, Windsor Cleveland, Mel Ayres, Jeanette Hawes and Andrea Hunter)
Andrea Hunter, Founder
Author, editor, producer and songwriter, Andrea Hunter was saved out of a worldview that layered Mormonism, New Age and the Occult…and ultimately exasperated agnosticism. Since being loved and startled into a relationship with God through Christ by the Holy Spirit, she has been involved in and captivated by prayer, worship, theology and music. The latter was an everyday companion as far back as memory takes her. Andrea was associated with Warner Bros. Records for 13 years, where she was the director of worldwide communications/print for WBR and it’s affiliates. While there, she received a Heiskell Award in recognition of “exceptional contributions to equal opportunity and human rights” from Time Warner, Inc. She also spent ten years in a number of roles at Worship Leader magazine, including senior editor and director of creative and publishing services. Presently, Andrea continues to promote transformational communication in worship, relational healing, and multimedia. She serves on the board of Embracing Life Ministries and contributes to their series of small-group publications.
Benefitting Partner Ministries
Originally founded in 1985 for those affected by HIV/AIDS, Embracing Life Ministries later expanded its program material to include other life-altering illnesses and caregivers as well. Embracing Life Ministries is committed to producing Christ-centered healing and equipping programs, as well as seminars and intensives to facilitate the abundant life we all seek.
Recon Records produced the CD Healing Presence to give away to those suffering with HIV/AIDS. All proceeds from the sale of Healing Presence benefits Embracing Life Ministries.
Benefitting Partner Ministries
Ujamaaglobal.org /Caroline and Josh Smith, and their children Bella and Noah serve as global ambassadors for Christ through community development and Christian ministry to bring others into an awareness of the love of God. Caroline and Josh have been serving in full time ministry since 2005. Currently Caroline serves as a full time pastor in southern Connecticut, leading the local church in being the body of Christ in the world. Josh serves as an adjunct professor of Christian Mission.
Having served in ministry in Africa for over 10 years and as founder of the El Roi home for abandoned babies, they continue to support ministry in South Africa through financial support, consulting, prayer and networking. They have there own nonprofit www.ujamaaglobal.org. Ujamaa is a Swahili word meaning brotherhood and unity. It means: I cannot be who I am created to be until you are who you are created to be; and you can’t be who you were created to be until I am who I was created to be.