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Mattis Thielmann

Class of 2014.

Married to Mareen, with two (mostly) wonderful kids, Marja and Mateo.

Now living in Leipzig, Germany. 

In my first two years of C3 College, I studied the performance music & worship leading course and in my last year I joined the third year leadership course. C3 College was probably the most amazing time but also the most challenging time for us. Mareen and I arrived with a 1 year old baby in Sydney and didn’t have a clue about anything. We only heard and read about College online and just felt that I should apply. It would never have crossed our minds, that this would be such a transforming journey for us. 

C3 College was amazing because of the great leadership, the lifelong friends we have made and the new perspective on the Bible and ministry that I gained. But what this time did for us the most, was receiving a totally new relationship to God; to understand how living, how close, how powerful the Holy Spirit works in me and through me. Also to fall in love with the local church and see that it is truly the answer for this world to find Jesus.

When I started college I was just keen to do music and be a worshipper, though I was expecting that God had way more in store and higher plans than we could ever imagine. At this point I just need to say, that the whole college staff, every lecturer and minister of C3 helped us to identify our purpose and step into our calling. Our son, Mateo, was born during my second year in college and it made that year a big rollercoaster but thanks to the support of the college and great friends we managed to finish my third year. Looking back on the years after college, we realize how well equipped we have become in our time there.

In our third year we felt called back home to Germany. There was a small church in a town we’ve been in contact with and we felt God was calling us there. We arrived with little expectation; the only thing we had in our minds was serving this church as volunteers. Soon after, I became the executive pastor of this church and we saw so much growth and knew it was making a huge impact in the community. 

After two years serving in this church, we felt called again to do a big move in our life. In obedience, we quit our jobs and moved cities. We moved to a city called Leipzig. It’s one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, located in East Germany. East Germany is a place where 70% of the people call themselves Atheist, and of the other 30%, only a few would call themselves a believer. So we felt a desire to share the Gospel in this city and started to believe in a vibrant, Spirit-filled church in this city.

That’s how C3 Leipzig was born.

Last October we celebrated our official launch with around 250 in attendance and have already seen how God has changed so many lives. We wouldn’t have done any of it, if we hadn’t been so equipped, challenged and formed at C3 College. Also, the ongoing support from college and C3 Europe has helped in so many ways to walk every step of our journey so far, and also the difficult seasons. 

Lucy Mason

Class of 2008.

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MY STORY. I started C3 College in 2006. I was straight out of high school when I began my three year course in Songwriting. I had never really written a song before but it was something I knew I wanted to do, and C3 College was the right place for me to learn. I started to learn about being a songwriter and the necessary skills that I needed to create a song but it wasn’t until I was pushed to my absolute limits in my abilities that I had to learn more important skills that would help me both sustain and succeed in the creative life.

College was the beginning of my journey for forming a foundation that I still stand on. I had to learn that what I do with my life and creativity is not just for a season, college was only the beginning, and that started 13 years ago. It’s not a fast process. It’s slow and it’s a lot of hard work, but I decided to honour the gifts I have and decide to be creative for the rest of my life. I’ve walked through many different seasons in all extremes, but through it all no matter the outcomes I have had to face, I will always make music. God gave us our gifts for our own enjoyment too, and ‘success’ can’t be the only thing that keeps us going.

I am currently living in London with my husband Phil, and I know if I didn’t go to college – I wouldn’t be here now. It was in college when I realised how important it was for me personally to immerse myself in the music industry. Over the years I have seen the most amazing things happen by making the decision to move across the other side of the world and pursue a career in music.

Currently I am working on some projects with Jess Ellen Henderson (my writing partner and best friend) for TV as well as my next release. Both Phil and myself are involved in our church C3 Fulham, which we love and where I am lucky enough to sing most weeks.

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BIO. Originally from Sydney, Australia but relocating to London in 2012 for music, Lucy has been described as ‘a voice that could melt the heart of the stoniest disposition’ and her sound as ‘chilling, mournful and unbearable beautiful’ by Clash Magazine. Lucy is an established songwriter, singer and performer residing in the UK and has been writing and releasing music since she arrived.

Lucy has toured with major artists including Jamie Cullum & Matt Corby and has been asked to perform at many high profile events around London which includes invitations from The Mayor of London, The Australian embassy, Qantas and many events for the Royal Family including an invite from Her Majesty The Queen, where Lucy performed an original song at Buckingham Palace for the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.

Lucy’s latest work has been featured and recognised over many of the UK’s most prestigious websites, blogs and brands such as Q Magazine, The Independent, The Metro, The Line of Best Fit, The 405, Wonderland, Barbour International and STA Travel, as well as being asked to perform Live on TV. Lucy’s music has been featured on some of Spotify’s largest playlists such as New Music Friday Worldwide, New Music Friday UK and Sweden and many more which is a huge achievement for an independent artist.

Shooting her last music video in New York, Lucy signed a distribution deal with a New York based label. Working with many writers recently and over the years both in the US and the UK such as Larzz Principato (Dua Lipa ‘IDGAF’) and Amy Wadge (Co-writer of ‘Thinking Out Loud’ by Ed Sheeran which won Grammy for Song of the year) Lucy’s sound continues to establish itself. Her recent album ‘Flashback Romance’ was created completely by Lucy and Jess Ellen Henderson, in their home studios over the course of a year, with one song produced by Australian producer Jordi White.

Currently Lucy continues and chooses to remain an independent artist whilst she is working on new projects in the UK for Television, as well as her next release.

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