Debbie is a Wife, a Mother-of-Three, Women’s Speaker, Award-Winning Recording Artist, Singer, Songwriter, Worship Pastor, and Pianist. She weaves her spoken messages, testimony, stories and worshipful music into a well-received gift of real – and Biblical -- refreshment to audiences of all ages and stages. The package of refreshment will either come to your group in the form of a gentle pre-evangelistic "Singer/Songwriter/Story-Teller", or a dynamic Worship Leader with anthems of Tri-une-God-centred praise!
She is Food for the Hungry Canada's longest running Artist Associate with eight albums, 19 various Cnd Award Nominations (including Female Vocalist of the Year, Inspirational Album of the Year, Instrumental Album of the Year, Children's Album of the Year) and four Awards (Inspirational Album of the Year -- "To Love and to Be Loved", Instrumental Song of the Year -- "Easter Morning Sunrise" 2007, and "Heaven's Joy" 2014, and Female Vocalist of the Year, 2006.) Her songs have been featured on several compilation CDs on both sides of the border joining voices like Steve Bell, Don Fransisco and Steve Camp. Her song, "To Love and to Be Loved" hit #1 on European Inspo Radio Charts and her song, "I Know the Plans" from Jeremiah 29:11 has become a favourite on 100 Huntley Street TV shows. Several songs from her Piano CDs are being played on Instrumental and New Age Radio Stations across the country, and have become a deep and unexpected source of evangelistic expression for Debbie.
Debbie was a featured worship artist on Brian Doerksen's Juno Award-winning album, "Holy God" for a riveting duet of the medley "Holy, Holy, Holy" / "Be Unto Your Name". She has also enjoyed his mentoring in worship leading and song-writing. Debbie was the keynote speaker for the Canadian Women Alive 40th Anniversary National Conference in Waterloo, Ontario April 2013 and one of the featured worship leaders for one of Beth Moore's first Canadian Conferences in Canada.
After a miraculous healing, Debbie began her ministry as a young 13-year-old, where she became the full time pianist at her father's C&MA Church in Oregon, USA. After receiving her Diploma of Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Evangelism & Church Planting from Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University in Calgary) she married the love of her life, Rev. Scott Fortnum, a College Pastor at Sevenoaks Alliance Church in Abbotsford, BC. Together they founded a thriving youth / college worship-mentoring movement called Awakenings, where over 30 denominations and youth / college groups were represented.
After a journeying through a difficult season, and a five-year sabbatical, she is back in the studio working on a full-length worship album, chalk full of anthems for the Church, as well as the authentic, gut-wrenching prayers of a worshiper who deeply understands the seasons of life. Debbie seeks to empower God's people in every season of their lives: from the disconcertingly boring, to catastrophic events, arming them with truth-filled perspective and hope that will keep them steady in the storms!