“Debbie’s music speaks to matters of the heart. Her candor is refreshing. She creates an atmosphere
where people want to surrender themselves and hear from Christ. And they do!”
~Rev. Brian Cool, Harrison Gospel Chapel, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Debbie is a Wife, a Mother-of-Three, Women’s Speaker, Award-Winning Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Worship Pastor, and Pianist. She weaves her spoken messages, testimony, stories and worshipful, encouraging music into a well-received gift of real – and Biblical -- refreshment to audiences of all ages and stages. The package of refreshment will either come to your group in the form of a gentle "Singer/Songwriter/Story-Teller", or a dynamic Worship Leader with anthems of Tri-une-God-centred praise and worship!
She is Food for the Hungry Canada's longest running Artist Associate with nine albums, 23 various Canadian Awards and Nominations (including Female Vocalist of the Year, Inspirational Album of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year, Children's Album of the Year). Her songs have been featured on several compilation CDs on both sides of the border joining artists such as Brian Doerksen, Steve Bell, Don Fransisco, Lianna Klassen, and Steve Camp. Her song, "To Love and to Be Loved" hit #1 on European Inspirational Radio Charts and her song, "I Know the Plans" from Jeremiah 29:11 became a favourite on 100 Huntley Street TV shows. Several songs from her Piano CDs are being played on Instrumental and New Age Radio Stations across the country, and have become a meaningful source of creative bridge-building and evangelistic expression for Debbie.
Debbie was a featured worship artist on Brian Doerksen's Juno Award-winning album, "Holy God" for a riveting duet of the medley "Holy, Holy, Holy" / "Be Unto Your Name". Now, in a reciprocal response, Brian Doerksen has also joined her on ALL IS WELL for song #7 entitled "I Am Your Mighty God", a pivotal prophetic song on the new CD, and it's newest Radio Single. She has also enjoyed his mentoring in worship leading and song-writing, and joining Brian at Prairie Bible College, where he is now the Director of Worship Arts. Debbie was the Keynote Speaker for the Canadian Women Alive 40th Anniversary National Conference in Waterloo, Ontario April 2013 and one of the featured worship leaders for one of Beth Moore's first Canadian Conferences in Canada.
After a miraculous healing, Debbie began her public ministry as a young 13-year-old, where she became the full time pianist at her father's C&MA Church in Oregon, USA. After receiving her Diploma of Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Evangelism & Church Planting from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University in Calgary) she married the love of her life, Rev. Scott Fortnum, a College Pastor at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford, BC. In her early C&C years, she founded a thriving youth / college worship-mentoring movement called Awakenings, where over 30 denominations and youth / college groups were represented. Together, they pastored Yarrow Alliance Church, where Debbie formed a strong worship ministry with multiple teams, as well as a thriving small-group-based Women's Ministry.
After a journeying through a difficult season of personal pain and healing, plus a lengthy sabbatical, she is now fresh out of the studio with ALL IS WELL, the triumphant musical work that has come forth from the ashes of this season. ALL IS WELL features theologically rich anthems for the Church, as well as the authentic, gut-wrenching prayers of a worshiper who deeply understands the changing seasons of a leader's journey. Debbie seeks to encourage and empower God's people in every season: from the disconcertingly boring moments ... to the catastrophic events, arming them with truth-filled perspective and hope that will keep them steady in the storms of life!