A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Todd MacDonald writes songs with the thoughtfulness and heart of a true minister. Currently living in Nashville, TN, he has just released his debut album, “Pilgrims Here” (co-produced with Paul Buono).
Born and raised outside of Boston, MA, Todd received his first guitar as a high school graduation present from his parents. Later that year, as a first-year art major at Boston University, he made his first tentative attempts at songwriting. Over time, Todd’s writing became noticeably more God-centered as he began to sing about his life of faith – both its joys and its struggles – and to pour out his heart to God in prayerful song.
He was shaped by the Good News of Jesus at an early age. “I am blessed to have been raised in a Christian home,” Todd says. “I have fond memories of family Bible studies by the wood-burning stove, and of my father playing guitar and singing songs to Jesus in our living-room. I’m sure these experiences played a big part in leading me to pick up a guitar later on in life…to sing about my own faith and love for God.”
Upon graduating from seminary in 2004, Todd moved to his present home in Nashville, TN, to further devote himself to a ministry of music.
In January of 2009, Todd was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Treatment began soon after with abdominal surgery, followed by many months of chemotherapy. He is scheduled for a second surgery on October 14th, 2009.
“My treatment is going well, and my doctors are hopeful. But more importantly, the Lord is near to me. He is indeed 'the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction' (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). It is common to talk of ‘beating cancer.’ But as far as I am concerned, my cancer has already lost…because in seeking to ruin me through suffering, it has only increased my joy. I love Christ more now than ever.”
As the apostle Paul writes, “We do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:16 -18).
As he is able, Todd continues to sing his songs for live audiences, whether at writer’s nights around Nashville or in churches around the country.
April 10, 1973 - May 14, 2012
A quotation from Todd at the close of a show!
"Well, my friends, this has been a lot of fun for me. Thank you for allowing me to shamelessly parade my very robust inner child across this stage. I've enjoyed laughing with you, and I hope I've succeeded in my effort to introduce a little mystery and wonder into your day."