Welcome to The Salvage Project


To repurpose forgotten people and broken lives through music and stories that transmit the saving power and grace of Jesus Christ.

Want to know more about The Salvage Project? Meet the founder and his team


Read Jeromy’s personal story –  the faith journey that inspired The Salvage Project.

“As a young child I was always drawn to those who were at a tremendous disadvantage in life – either physically or emotionally – and I found, in turn, they were also drawn to me…”



Our Team

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Jeromy Darling

Founder, Band Leader

Jeromy founded The Salvage Project. His collection of original songs and stories drive the mission. In 2002 Jeromy married his only girlfriend, Gretchen. They currently reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota with their two boys, Wyatt (b. Oct. '09) and Wilder (b. Jul. '12).

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Celeste Rundquist

Bandmate, Volunteer

Celeste is Jeromy's older, less neurotic sister (and the better singer). Their sibling chemistry allows them to rarely practice together without compromising quality. Celeste married John Rundquist in 2002 and they have 5 incredible children together.


Matt Brown

Bandmate, Volunteer

Matt Brown (aka "Brownie") is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. Matt lends bass, guitar, vocals, and drums (as needed), and is one of those guys that you kinda just wanna be around... a lot. He's also an affable coffee snob! Have you ever had pour-over coffee?


Kurt Larson

Bandmate, Volunteer

Kurt is the introvert of the bunch. He's also known as something of a mad scientist when it comes to crafting sounds on his Nord keyboard. Though quiet, he always has something thoughtful to say. A gifted singer/songwriter, Kurt also performs as The Jordan Fount.


Hire one full-time employee
Train 10 committed volunteers
Visit all prisons in MN

Want to get involved? Become a sustaining member today!

"If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large."


The Task of Rebuilding

The percentage of all prisoners that are eventually released - prisonfellowship.org
The percentage of excons in Minnesota that commit crimes within 3 years of their release and wind up back behind bars - mprnews.org
The percentage of women in state prisons that had experienced physical or sexual abuse in the past. 69% reported that the assault occurred before age 18 - corrections.com
The percentage of women under correctional sanction that have minor children, more than 1,300,000 children -corrections.com

Other troubling statistics among millenninals

More than four children die every day as a result of child abuse - childhelp.org
In America, suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24 - jasonfoundation.com
# of adolescents in America that are considered alcoholics or problem drinkers - interceptinterventions.com
The number of children & adolescents in the US suffering from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers - nami.org

From the Blog

January 2015 update

Jan. 8 I departed Minneapolis with my band for 7 performances in 72 hours, with our first stop in Chicago to partner with the Koinonia House in Glen Ellyn. We performed for a large group of 90 ex-cons at a church there that night, with my good friend Manny Mill. The ministry there was so thrilled by the music that they’ve asked me to join them there once or twice a month if possible, on their dime! Should be heading back there soon.

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New project: building bands at Lino Lakes Correctional

IFI Ministries asked me last fall to begin meeting with the musicians in their program and teaching them how to build and nuture worship teams for their church services. I leapt at the opportunity and I’ve been able to meet with the musicians 3 times before the end of the year. What a talented and hungry group of guys. Can’t wait to see where we’re at in 6 months!

November wrap-up

November was busy! The beginning of the month took me to Phoenix, AZ where I was able to meet with another great ministry – CCTP. They help ex-cons get training and placement in the construction field. I was also able to perform for Extended Hands Ministries for a number of folks in recovery. It was an incredible night. Lots of tears shed and new relationships formed. I’ll be heading back towards the end of January and I’m so excited to connect with folks again.

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North Carolina update – 4 performances in 36 hours!

Hey friends – big thanks to everyone who made my trip to North Carolina possible. Here’s a breakdown of the week:

– Friday night was pretty amazing. Played for about 140 women at Southern Correctional in Troy, NC. The gymnasium was pretty loud and the gals were incredibly engaged from the get go. Lots of tears shed and I had an opportunity to personally meet many of the women that night. My new friend Manda joined me (from Grace Church in Raleigh) – she did a fantastic job and knew my songs like they were old hat!

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