Taddy’s full name is Thaddaeus Martin Stephan Schmitt and he was born and raised in Kassel, Germany. He started with his first music lessons at the age of 6. While at a Christian camp in his teens, he met God for the first time and never looked back! He paired his love for music and his love for Jesus and began leading worship every chance he got! When he was 20 he went on his first missions trip with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). During this time, God solidified a call on Taddy’s life to step into full time ministry. Taddy completed multiple ministry training schools with YWAM Denver. There he also met his amazing wife, Ariel and they were married in 2004.

Taddy worked in full time missions for eight years. During that time he led worship at churches, played on multiple worship teams and in bands, traveling all over the US and the world. He also grew his own music ministry by starting a music teaching and recording studio. After their time in Denver, they lived in San Antonio, Texas for 6 years where Taddy was a worship pastor with a large church. Taddy and Ariel welcomed their first two children in Texas.

In 2017 their family moved to Troy, Ohio for just under a year and most recently in an RV for 9 months, traveling the US and Canada full time. Their time on the road was in part a sabbatical season but also a time of healing and seeking God about what was next in their lives. As part of that journey, they stayed with Brad and Abby for a week in February of 2019, getting to know them and Shift Church and sharing their hearts for ministry. They left, excited about the possibility of what joining Shift Church could look like and ultimately ended up returning to call Gainesville home. They welcomed their third baby shortly after moving to Gainesville!

They are very excited to be part of what God is doing through Shift Church here in Gainesville.


Book: Bible, Heaven is for real
Food: Whatever my wife cooks
TV Show: Soccer Review Shows
Snack Food: Hummus, carrots and crackers
Movie: Praxis Dr. Hasenbein
Musical Artists: U2, Dave Matthews, My Kids!
Time of Day: 1:23 O’clock 4 O’clock rock
Place in the World: Right Here
Place to Pray: Right Here, Right Now
Recreational Activities/Hobbies: Playing soccer, tennis, board games, hanging out with people
Verses from the Bible: John 8:12
Sport: Soccer (The Real Football)


Food: Peanut Butter, Horseradish
Snack Food: PB and J, Peanut Butter Cereal, Peanut Butter Chocolate
Place in the World: In front of the TV when curling is on
Time of Day: 1:24am


Life Motto: “Just be a Jesus Freak!”
Three People I’d Like to Meet: You, Bono, and of course Jesus 😉
My Hero: David (sometimes), Moses (sometimes), Joshua (sometimes), Paul (sometimes)
Most People Don’t Know This About Me: I am two footed (in soccer)
One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Any time I pray for people and they are healed and touched by the power of God!

"I like Turtles!"

− Taddy

"Come Play Soccer with Me"

− Self