Drummer David Morrison of Christian metalcore band For Today has announced that he will be leaving the music industry in order serve as a missionary in South America.
Morrison will begin his missionary work in Ecuador in September through the Extreme Nazarene organization, which deploys thousands of people across Europe and South America to engage in various kinds of missionary work, Blabbermouth.net reported.
"[For Today] will not be missing any shows and have a replacement drummer that may end up being permanent," Morrison shared in a message to his fans, confirming his departure from the band. "David Puckett will be the drummer for the band on Warped Tour and through the fall, if all works out. I haven't seen the band with Puckett yet, but he's a great man of God and an incredible drummer and I'll be at a couple of the Warped Tour dates. Thank you guys for everything! This has been the best seven-plus years of my life! To God be the glory."
For Today vocalist Mattie Montgomery said the group fully supports Morrison's decision.
"David will always be a part of our family. While he will be missed greatly, we fully support him in where he is going next, and we're excited about this next season for all of us," he said.
In a separate video message, Morrison shared that while the band was praying before a show in April, he heard God speak to him "loud and clear," saying, "David, you are going to be a missionary."
Morrison admitted that he was both excited and scared after receiving the call to missionary work but decided to continue praying and to shared his thoughts with his bandmates.
"Basically, I spent the next six weeks in some serious prayer, just searching for the Lord and his will in my life, and he spoke to me in May and said... 'You're going to South America, in September, with a group called Extreme Nazarene,'" Morrison revealed.
The drummer will be gone for at least 27 months, and said he has no doubts about God's direction and the calling for his life.
"I will leave everything else behind and go and serve the Lord," he said.
For Today was formed in 2005 in Sioux City, Iowa, and the group has released four full-length albums. Their latest album, "Immortal," released in 2012, sold 15,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to debut at position No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Since its humble beginnings, the band has played over 1,000 shows on five continents and has shared the stage alongside a number of prominent rock and metal bands.
"No matter how popular we become, we'll never downplay our faith and relationship with God," a message from the band on their official website reads.