I am a worship leader, a songwriter, and I live in Portland, Oregon.
I wrote and recorded these songs [from the "We Are Free" album] with my friend Eric Lemiere. They are a culmination of the last few years of struggle and uncertainty, but also tremendous hope and joy. The things that have dominated my mind and life in the last few years are the usual suspects for the season of life that I'm in. Job, career, calling, and how to lead my family well. And amidst all of that, still finding my voice, and learning to live in my true identity as a child of God.
I’m constantly learning more and more about how to live in the victory that is afforded us by Jesus, and I’m realizing that it’s a life-long lesson. I feel like overcoming adversity is what is supposed to make us “different” as followers of Jesus. Suffering and trouble abound in this life, but we are reminded in John 16:33 to “take courage.” For HE has overcome the world. By His power, by His authority, by His breath in our lungs, and His life in our veins, WE are people that stand tall. People that get back up after we're knocked down by a tsunami of suffering, pain or loss. We are reminded again and again in scripture that God who loves us, and stands with us. That is the deepest comfort and peace we can find in this life.
These songs are a reflection of my attempt to “claim” the freedom of Christ that I should be living in, but don’t always feel or acknowledge. Embracing the tension between unmet expectations, and the blessing of a God who loves to give good gifts to his children. I hope that these prayers, and melodies draw people near to him, cause walls to come down, hearts to open, and minds to be renewed by the presence of the Holy Sprit. For "it was for freedom that Christ has set us free"
Worship and Justice
I feel compelled and called to pour into other leaders and musicians; to attach worship and justice at the hip, so that one without the other is incomplete. My hope is that I instill a sense of hope and passion in the creative community that inspires them to create beautiful art, pursue a deeper walk with Jesus, and experience more of his presence and leading in their daily lives.
I also love to teach and instruct. I have a unique perspective, having been involved in and having led worship in so many different churches and gatherings all over the world. In this season, my hope is to pass on some of what I’ve learned to the next generation.
All that said, my goal is simple: to communicate to musicians and worship leaders alike that what they do matters; that the Holy Spirit uses our gifting and service in leading worship to tear down walls that are built up around people’s hearts. He gave us songs as a way of sealing the Word of God in our hearts. Worship is a powerful expression and overflow of the story that God is writing through us.
I love people. I love conversation. I love being able to speak into the value and importance of pursuing Jesus as the body of Christ together through the Word, through song, and through the extension of the Holy Spirit breathing on us and into the world around us. We are to pursue excellence in all we do as a response to the grace that has been freely given to us.
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:1-2
Offering ourselves as a “living sacrifice” can look like a lot of things. I believe that one of the greatest ways to respond to this commandment is to make a literal sacrifice: lend a helping hand, sponsor a child, support a community, give even when it hurts. Worship should bring us to a place where we are ready to lay our lives, our possessions and our money down at the feet of Jesus.