MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Doesn't Discuss Religion In 'The Workplace'

January 21, 2014

Gordon Duncan of the Fredericksburg Evangelical Examiner recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Fredericksburg Evangelical Editor: MEGADETH has two openly professed Christians, you and Dave Mustaine. We have no idea about the religious backgrounds of your new band members [in ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE], Frank Bello (ANTHRAX) and Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE). Do you ever get a chance to talk about your convictions with Frank and Jeff? If so, what are those interactions like?

Ellefson: As the saying goes, "Stay away from politics and religion," especially in the workplace. Sure, the topic comes up, but we aren't there to be religious, but to play music together.

Fredericksburg Evangelical Editor: You are presently taking seminary courses. Seminary is always challenging. How are your studies going, and what classes are you particularly enjoying right now?

Ellefson: I've completed a year of seminary and am currently on hiatus with it. It is VERY demanding and to do it while touring the world was quite a challenge. The door is open to continue it, but I felt other endeavors and callings in my life at this particular time, so I think it comes down to prioritizing first things first.

Fredericksburg Evangelical Editor: Share with the readers something that you have learned in seminary that you have enjoyed or were even surprised by?

Ellefson: The first year was all theology, which I think was fantastic. As much as I grew up in Lutheran background, I didn't fully grasp the Bible and theology like I do now having taking the courses. Studying Creation, Law & Gospel, Old Adam & New Adam have been very helpful to me in my everyday life now.

Fredericksburg Evangelical Editor: How do you hope to use your seminary education once you are done? Do you ever see a time when you would leave music to pursue ministry full-time?

Ellefson: I think I'm able to apply it extensively even at this point in my life. Having the understanding of the keys to the office put some real perspective in my life. There could be a time to go into it full time, but I think I also came to understand that music, and all the other creative things that come with it, is the first calling for my vocation.

Read the entire interview at Fredericksburg Evangelical Examiner.

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