He was called by God as a young teen, but chose to rebel against Him and the church. He became involved with everything that opposed God feeding my flesh for years. With his involvement in drugs, alcohol and the occult, he deeply hurt his family and destroyed his marriage to his first wife. When Anthony was 24 years old he met and married, Jackie. She took him to The First Baptist Church of Ignacio, Colorado where he met Pastor Jim Powell. On the way home from the evening service he called the pastor at home and asked him to meet them at the church. Pastor Powell welcomed him, sin and all, and there on the front pew of that Baptist church Anthony asked Jesus to be Lord and Savior of his life. He began to serve Jesus. Christ, walk with Him each day, and continues to grow in the knowledge of Him. Although the path has been a challenge, Anthony and Jackie have had the pleasure of starting No Turning Back Ministries which includes preaching the Word of God, singing for His Glory, and loving people into God's kingdom.
Jackie Rivas- Manager, Keyboards, Lead Vocals and Backup Vocals
Ever since Jackie could remember she loved to sing and play music. She started playing piano in 1st grade and continued to teach herself as time went on. All through her school years she took music and choir. Jackie played trumpet, clarinet,
saxophone, and various other instruments. She was one of two students that were chosen to play in the Top Of The Nations Honor Band, while in high school. At that event she played clarinet in front of a large audience with other talented musicians.
Jackie was saved at the age of 13 years old and then fell away as the years passed by. After graduating from high school, she got married and had a beautiful little girl, which she named Amber Lee. Before Amber was a year old, Jackie became a single mother. Two years later God gave her a wonderful man and they were married on December of 1990. Shortly after that they started going to church where Anthony received the Lord for the first time, and she recommitted hers. God has blessed Jackie so much. He has walked with her through all the journeys throughout her life. Jesus never left her, He was always watching out for Jackie keeping her safe. Even when she didn't know it, God was there.
Jackie has played all over the west coast. Even though she hasn't been able to get to the east with her music she had met and played with a few greats such as Wes Parson who is in the Country Hall of Fame, Kenny Sweet from the Drifters, Joanne Storm Taylor a Canadian recording artist, Red Bone who is a legendary blues artist, Virgil Taylor who has done TV and Radio shows and played in various clubs in the early 70's. Virgil is now doing gospel, Gary and Galilee Guess who travel around the country and Africa ministering The Word of God and Bishop Mayfield who is well known in the blues industry.
Percussion and Vocals
Amber was raised with music in her blood. She was always around it and with that said her life in music started. She started singing in church and family functions at the age of 3. As she got to be 8 years old her parents would take her to the bar to sing a few songs. It didn’t matter if it was on the stage or on the break; people would give Amber tips and was always asked her to sing another song. In high school she took music and continued with the music. Amber learned at a very young age how to set up and run the whole PA. At the age of 14 she was asked to run the sound system in San Francisco, Cali for some big name groups. They said she was one of the best sound people they ever had run their sound. Now she is just one of the lead singers for No Turning Back.