The Red Steps

Touring Worship Band

JBU students gather in the Cathedral of the Ozarks for chapel services several times a week. During those services, chapel bands lead the JBU body in musical worship from a stage at the top of six red steps. The Red Steps is a band committed to taking the musical worship of JBU down those red steps and out to people, coffee shops, schools and churches around the country. This band communicates the mission and ministry of JBU through testimony, music and informal conversation, and, in doing so, recruits more students to find their place in the JBU story.

The Red Steps is a band of four to six students chosen through highly competitive auditions. The band is led by the director of admissions, Hannah Bradford, and travels through the academic school year.

Listen to the Red Steps

The Red Steps recorded an album in 2011 which is available on iTunes. They also released a new single in November 2014 "Blind to Darkness." Listen below:

Blind to Darkness

Meet the Band

Portrait of Jonah ThorntonJonah Thornton

Greetings and salutations! My name is Jonah Thornton and I am a guitarist and vocalist for Red Steps. I am a Sophomore Worship Arts (Guitar Emphasis) major and English minor here at JBU. My hobbies include vinyl record collecting, synthesizers, poetry, and disc golf. As a music enthusiast, you'll often find me drooling audio technology, or binging cartoons (every morning is Saturday morning.) Other mildly interesting facts about me, I wear baseball caps, really love milkshakes, the duck is my favorite animal, and I love tattoos. Cheers, friends.


Portrait of Jonathan RadloffJonathan Radloff

Hey-o! My name’s Jonathan Radloff, bassist for the Red Steps, and I’m a freshman this year in the Outdoor Leadership Ministries program. I spent the past two-ish years living in eastern Texas at a Christian youth camp named Cho-Yeh (chō-yay) but grew up in southeast Wisconsin––a cheesehead at heart––at another Christian youth camp called Timber-lee. Although predominantly known for being a huge outdoorsman, walking everywhere barefoot, and being able to climb just about anything (a lot of people call me Tarzan, for good reason), I have a strong zeal for camping ministry, play a myriad of musical instruments, and enjoy spending my free time learning new and somewhat random, but always useful, skills: I’m loving all the opportunities for my passions here at JBU!


Portrait of Nathan SchiefferNathan Schieffer

Hello, friends. My name is Nathan Schieffer. I'm a sophomore graphic design major, and I play keys for The Red Steps! I have been playing the piano since I was three so I can hold my own. If you want to talk to me about sports I can probably hold a conversation for a little while, but not for too long. My skee ball high score is 72,000 (the highest possible is 90,000). I recently discovered sushi. Those are the only fun facts about me.


Portrait of Nephtali CantúChipper Via

Bio coming soon.


Portrait of Elise CollingsworthElise Collingsworth

Bio coming soon.


Portrait of John RhodesJohn Rhodes

Bio coming soon.






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