Anderson University Alum Excels in Worship Songwriting
BY ERIN BURKETT ’20
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Krissy Nordhoff, a Michigan native and Anderson University ’96 alum, has a compelling story. With a natural love for music, she was blessed to study songwriting with Gloria Gaither. From overcoming illness to writing world-renowned worship ballads, Nordhoff is an inspiration to everyone she meets.
Diagnosed with Lyme disease less than 10 years removed from her AU graduation, Nordhoff battled the illness for two years. Her particular bout with the illness was extreme. With her health and faith challenged, she fought to rise from the ashes. It was during this time Nordhoff wrote the song “Your Great Name.” This particular project created opportunities for other artists to sing and perform her music, and opened a new chapter of her songwriting. Nordhoff’s song “Mercy Tree” followed shortly after, which recounts a dream she had that showed a tree expanding for protection, much like her Savior’s cross.
Nordhoff’s “Your Great Name,” which received the GMA Dove Award in 2012. The song celebrates her physical healing and the Lord’s healing, which is available to all of us. Nordhoff’s songs have been recorded and performed by many artists, including Natalie Grant, Mandisa, Jordan St. Cyr., and many more. “Famous For,” a song recorded by Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson was nominated for a Grammy and received a Dove Award for Worship song of the year in 2021.
Nordhoff mentors writers through Brave Worship, a community for female, kingdom-minded songwriters. She also pours into artists through Writing Worship, a community and resource for growing worship songwriters. About writing music Nordhoff shares, “The most authentic worship songs originate in the intersection of honesty, love, discipline, and sacrifice.” These are attributes she carries with her as a wife, mother, mentor, writer, and friend.
Nordhoff resides in Nashville as a proud Raven with her husband and three children.
Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.