Our sung worship is quite informal and mostly contemporary, although you will often find some traditional 'gems' included! We draw songs from a wide variety of streams.
Who writes or records some of the worship songs we sing?
Kari Jobe was born in Waco, Texas. She began singing at the age of three and became a Christian at the age of five. As she grew older, she attended Oral Roberts University, Christ for the Nations Institute and Dallas Baptist University where she obtained her degree in pastoral studies and psychology. After graduation, she was asked to work as an associate worship pastor for Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, where she had worshipped for six years. She has travelled internationally on mission trips to lead worship and is also a member of Gateway Worship, a Christian worship band associated with Gateway Church.
Some of Kari's songs:
Stuart was born in 1963, and grew up as the youngest of four children in a Christian family in West Yorkshire where his father was a Church of England vicar. From an early age Stuart played music with his brothers (one brother, Ian, went on to become a member of the group Heartbeat), beginning to play the piano at the age of 7, and teaching himself the guitar as a teenager
It was while living in West Yorkshire that at the age of 13 he made his Christian commitment. Then at 18 he moved to Brighton to study literature at the University of Sussex. It is here he met Caroline, whom he married in 1988, and they now have three children; Joseph, Emma, and Eden. Stuart has attends and regularly leads worship at CCK in Brighton, one of the new Frontiers network of churches headed up by Terry Virgo. The church is also home to a number of well-known figures in the area of worship, including Paul Oakley, Lou Fellingham, Phatfish, Simon Brading and Dave Fellingham, who has played a significant role in mentoring Stuart. The church also runs a training programme for worship leaders and musicians called the Worship School but it is as a songwritier that Stuart has had the greatest impact on the worldwide church, and it is this that is closest to his heart. 'It is so important that our lives are built not on our feelings or circumstances, but on the Word of God, and songs can really help us to meditate on and retain truth. I know from the correspondence that I regularly receive that if you can express in songs the profound truth of the Gospel in a poetic yet accessible way, they really can have an impact in people's lives.' from www.stuarttownend.co.uk
Some of Stuart's songs:
We have sung our songs of victory
How deep the Father's love for us
In Christ alone
See what a morning
The Power of the Cross
The Lord's my shepherd
Who paints the skies?
Who is there like You?
Chris Tomlin was born in east Texas on May 4, 1972 and he grew up listening to country music by bands like Alabama. His dad taught him to play guitar and he wrote his first song at the age of 14. Saved as a child, he always knew that God had a specific plan for him, but was not sure what it was. He finished high school and enrolled in college, graduating with a degree in Psychology. It was at that point that he started spending a lot of time with Passion founder, Louie Giglio. He took a big step of faith and became involved in the first Passion conference in 1997.
In 2002, Tomlin moved to Austin, Texas, and became a pastor at Austin's Stone Community Church, where he helped guide a congregation of 1,500. As Tomlin's songs and recordings found a wider audience, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his 2006 album See the Morning (which rose to number one on Billboard's Christian albums chart and number 15 on the overall Top 200), but the songwriter continued to emphasize that his mission was more important than his own music. Tomlin's fifth studio album, 2008’s Hello Love, was certified gold. It was followed in 2009 by the holiday offering Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs of Worship, and in 2010 by And If Our God Is for Us. (Christian Music .com)
Some of Chris' songs:
Amazing grace (My chains are gone)
How great is our God
The Wonderful Cross (with Matt Redman)
God of Angel Armies
Thank You God for saving me
Matt Redman is married to Beth and they have five children. Based in Brighton, England they are part of St Peters, a new church planted out of HTB in London. They are excited about the challenge of working in a city which is currently one of the most unchurched in the UK. Previously they were part of Passion City Church in Atlanta, USA with pastors Louie and Shelley Giglio, and continue to work alongside the Passion movement.
Matt has been leading worship full-time since the age of 20 and this journey has taken him to countries such as South Africa, Japan, India, Australia, Germany, Uganda, Croatia and the Czech Republic. His early compositions include The Heart of Worship, Better is One Day and Once Again.
More recent songs have included Blessed Be Your Name and You Never Let Go, both written with wife Beth and encouraging us to worship God through the storms of life. As Matt explains, "Blessed Be Your Name is a declaration of something which we've both found to be true in the tough seasons of life. To worship God and trust Him no matter what will always be the best path to take. The song You Never Let Go takes up the same theme. It starts off with some thoughts from Psalm 23 and reminds us that no matter what we come across in life, there is a God who is in control, closer than we could ever know, and holding us. Most recently Matt has written songs such as You Alone Can Rescue and How Great is Your Faithfulness with regular co-writer Jonas Myrin, plus the song Our God written with Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves, which appears on the latest Passion worship record.
Carol Owen / Carol Sampson
Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was an English leader of the Methodist movement, son of Anglican clergyman and poet Samuel Wesley, the younger brother of Anglican clergyman John Wesley and Anglican clergyman Samuel Wesley (the Younger), and father of musician Samuel Wesley, and grandfather of musician Samuel Sebastian Wesley. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother John did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote. He ministered for part of his life in The New Room Chapel in Bristol. His house, located nearby, can still be visited today.
Some of Charles' songs:
Jesus the name high over all
And can it be
O for a thousand tongues
Hark the herald angels
Godfrey Birtill originates from Lancashire, is now living in Lincoln and has been married for thirty years to Gill. They have four children and six grandchildren.
Godfrey travels extensively throughout the UK and abroad leading worship and preaching the gospel. He has also led at many city prayer gatherings and regularly leads teaching seminars. He has a unique ability to bring together the good news with prophetic intercession and worship in a dynamic blend. He also leads regular events in Lincoln and Sheffield called, ‘Glory in the Pub’ taking worship and the gospel into public houses.
He has released fifteen live CDs of songs he has written. His songs include 'Outrageous Grace', 'Are You Ready?' and CBC Praise and worship song of the year, 'Just One Touch From The King'. Godfrey's latest live album is called 'The Wine is Alive' and is now available as a CD and a download. Godfrey & Gill Birtill are associates of Pioneer Churches UK. (from godfreyb.com)
Some of Godfrey's songs:
Just one touch from the King
I will set my face to seek the Lord
God so loved this whole world
The joy of the Lord
Lord turn Your footsteps
Old Hymns adapted by Godfrey:
Lift up your heads
You choirs of New Jerusalem
Fear not O little flock
Behold the mountain of the Lord
Above all else, Darlene knows that it is only in the strength of God that any of what she has accomplished has been possible, and it is to God that she gives the praise and the glory.
Some of Darlene's songs: