Humans of Grace: Bradley Palinca

by Abby Phinney

Bradley Palinca

Bradley Palinca is a third-year student studying worship arts and information systems. Palinca is musically and technologically gifted, a perfect blend of talents! He brings fresh perspective to the worship arts department, one of the newer programs on campus.

What brought you to Grace?

What brought me to Grace was actually Carlos Tellez, the previous dean of undergraduate chapel. Carlos is my cousin! He kept telling me I should visit Grace and that I would love it here, and he was right. After my visit, I knew that this is where I wanted to go to school.

Why did you choose the worship arts program? (And do you have a concentration within your major?)

I chose the worship arts program because I was already involved with music in several different places. I knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I do have a concentration, which is the technology side of things. I have been running sound and lights since middle school, and I wanted to use this program to further my knowledge in this area.

What do you hope to do with your degree?

With this degree I hope to become a technical director at a church. After I graduate, I was thinking about going on the road for a couple of years with a band. Eventually I would definitely want to find a church home and serve as a tech director there.

Tell me about a time you felt heard or valued by a professor.

Professor Walter Brath has been an incredible mentor to me since he came to Grace. With the whole worship arts program coming together, Professor Brath has actually asked my opinion on things. We are working together to research all of the tech that we are wanting to purchase for the program. I feel quite honored that he trusts my opinions when dealing with decisions that will affect the worship arts program.

What instruments do you play? Which is your favorite?

I play the guitar and the piano; however, I don’t have tons of skill with either. Where I feel I belong is behind the sound booth running lights and sound for the bands. The mixer is my instrument and my favorite piece of equipment.

What inspires you?

I’d have to say that I’m inspired by my friends. Whenever I’m struggling with something or asking myself why I’m choosing this career path (when I know I could make more money or be better off doing something else a friend always shows up. He or she inspires me to continue serving and pursuing my career) as an audio and lighting tech.

Have you had internships/ applied learning experiences?

Yes, I have had quite a lot of experience with running tech. In middle school I started running sound for my youth group, which I continued to do until I graduated. While in high school, I also got a job running sound in our school’s auditorium. I’d do sound for everything from dramas to concerts. I also got a job working for a production company called JBros. With JBros, I have worked weddings, concerts and I have worked Big Ticket Festival (which is a large Christian music festival in Gaylord, Mich.) for the past three years.