The Worship Ministry at CC Monrovia is led by Mick Taras. Guitarist, composer, producer and recording artist, Mick left his native country of Italy at the age of 25 (1993) to attend the Musician Institute in Los Angeles. After graduating in 1995, Mick pursued his musical career until through a set of circumstances the Lord got a hold of his heart and he got saved.
Mick has toured and recorded with Neil Young, Gloria Estefan, Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Kari Jobe, Shawn Colvin, the Motels, Katharine McPhee, Joe Jonas, Charles Billingsley and many more. He is one of the main music composers for the Discovery Channel Networks and released 2 albums of his own music (and numerous singles). His home studio also works around the clock producing Christian Music under his label “Worship First Records”, which was born out of Mick’s desire to develop and equip young worship leaders into worship recording artists.
His main calling as a leader and overseer of the Worship Ministry is to equip, develop and help all those who serve in the ministry so that they may become valuable tools for the work of the Kingdom. Mick and Senior Pastor Richard Schork dream about one day starting a School of Worship.
Mick and his wife Cristiana live in Duarte, California. They are taking small steps towards planting a church in their homeland of Sardinia, Italy.