The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 2, 2014

Snyder pol doubles as Christian singer

Kantz, partner releasing CD

PORT TREVORTON —Snyder County Commissioner Joe Kantz makes a living working in local government, but music ministry is his longtime passion.

For 21 years, he’s shared a stage with Scott Bordner, of Milton, singing Christian music. Performing as the duo True Heart, they’ve released a new compact disc of Christian country music titled “Down This Road.”

“We’re doing something we enjoy that glorifies our Lord,” Kantz said.

For many years, Bordner and Kantz performed with a band that included Bordner’s brother, Mike, The group performed in more than a dozen states and released about a dozen CDs before Mike Bordner stopped singing 1 1/2 years ago after developing vocal problems.

Kantz and Scott Bordner decided to keep harmonizing.

They switched from piano-heavy Southern gospel music to country Christian.

“It’s mainstream country music with Christian lyrics. What we like about it is that it appeals to a younger demographic,” Kantz said. “We’re seeing people of all ages at our shows.”

A longtime country music fan, Kantz, a baritone, said he’s not impressed with the topics new artists are singing about, such as drugs, alcohol and sex, and believes listeners are sick of it, too.

“We see more people embracing Christian music,” he said.

Kantz and Bordner have written original songs, but their new CD, their first as a duo, is their rendition of other artists’ music. One of the 10 songs, “No Matter How High,” is an Oak Ridge Boys tune.

“We tweaked it a bit to turn it into a Christian song,” Kantz said. “You can do that as long as you pay royalties.”

True Heart will perform at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and will be in Nashville later this year.

They’re also expanding their music ministry by establishing True Heart Cowboy Church, which will hold its first event at 6 p.m. June 14 at the Verdilla Picnic Grove, 1168 Red Hill Road, Port Trevorton. The Rev. David Schultz, of Witmer’s United Methodist Church, will give a brief sermon and the Witmer’s Honduras mission team will sell food to raise money for a mission trip.

“Cowboy churches are popping up all over,” Kantz said. “We kept hearing about ‘Cowboy Church’ when we were at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music Week in Nashville but we knew there were very few of them in Pennsylvania.”

“It made sense for us to expand our ministry in this way,” Bordner said.

True Heart’s CD is available for $15 at Hilsher’s General Store in Port Trevorton and online at

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