“Deeply worshipful impact.”
From The Top was founded in September, 1992 because of a need for an itinerant arts ministry team with unique specialties. From The Top specializes in (French Classical) Mime and (The Wood Method of) Musical Sign. As a Christian ministry, From The Top strives to Encourage, Exalt and Educate through the physical and visual arts.
Led by founding President and Artistic Director Kev W Wood, performance, teaching and other ministry is carried out by Kev and members of the Troupe ‘From The Top’ (left to right immediately below: Becky Linde [nee: McDonald], Edith Lai, Amanda Sherman [nee: Ching], and others).
Since Kev and the Troupe members minister both together and separately, they are sometimes booked as ‘Kev Wood’, ‘From The Top’, or ‘Kev Wood and From The Top’.
In the past the Troupe and/or its members have performed in church worship services and events, schools (post-secondary, secondary, elementary), residential and day camps/VBSs, a federal penitentiary, hostels, a home for abused women, banquets, picnics, weddings, malls, arts festivals, youth clubs, events and retreats and at other venues such as parks and on the street. In 1995 From The Top was invited by the Crusade team to perform outside the SkyDome in Toronto during Mission Ontario with Billy Graham. Since then From The Top has ministered at March for Jesus (Toronto – Closing Rally), Missionfest Toronto, Missionfest Manitoba, Missionfest Vancouver (workshop), The Peoples Church in Toronto, and with International Teams of Canada during the ’96 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In the summer of ’97 From The Top toured Canada, coast to coast, for five months. Members of From The Top have also ministered with Youth For Christ in Northern Ireland and Ireland. The Troupe has led three short term missions to Cape Breton where less than 1% have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ!
From The Top and/or Kev Wood have performed in nine Canadian provinces, approximately 35 U.S. states, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Australia.
From The Top and/or Kev Wood have shared the stage with such people as Tony Campolo, and with such Juno Nominees and Aware Winners as Mark Masri, Jon Buller, Kelita, Deborah Klassen, and others.
In the past the members of the performing troupe have displayed a wide range in ages and have represented different ethnic groups, churches, denominations and ages.
From The Top, led by Kev Wood, is highly professional and conveys the message of the gospel in a most effective manner.
My wife and I had the privilege of sharing in this ministry at Jacksons Point Camp. To say that we were deeply moved is to greatly understate the experience that was ours. On many occassions during the evening, we were lost in wonder, love and praise.
Without hesitation, I endorse the ministry of From The Top. It will provide you with an experience you will never forget.
Bramwell H. Tillsley General (R), The Salvation Army
Not only is the group performing at a professional level, but the deportment and Christian witness of each member speaks of the faith in Christ which motivates this ministry.
Kev Wood, the President, is an outstanding Christian gentleman whose mission is to use his life talents and those of the group to encourage, educate and evangelize all who come within their sphere of ministry.
I have found this to be a unique and effective means of reaching people for the Lord, and of encouraging Christians in the faith.
Lieut. Colonel Ethel Slous The Salvation Army