I have been involved in musical worship ministry pretty much since becoming a Christian aged 19 at Oxford University. Though playing guitar since aged 8, I had to lay down my gifts to be used by God. Over the years I have played in Christian bands, writing and performing our own material, but prefer to play/sing in a worship context. Having moved to Wales in 1991 I am into doing stuff in the Welsh language (the language of heaven - iaith y nefoedd!) and long to see a fresh outpouring of God's creative gifts on those who have Welsh as their first language.
I lead one of our church's worship band and play in our morning services every other month. Church-wise we're a big mixture, charismatic through conservative to post-evangelical plus lots of youth and seekers (thanks God!). I also lead worship within a cross-denominational and bilingual setting monthly on the Isle of Anglesey. My prayer and vision is to see churches and musicians/leaders encouraged, equipped and strengthened in North Wales in the area of musical worship, so that the dry valleys may sing once again.
Finally I believe my personal challenge from the Lord given to me some years ago at a New Wine Cymru conference is to step out into prophetic worship, and I am working out what this means....
Oh, and I'm learning to play soprano sax - which sounds like a constipated duck at the moment!
All sorts of everything. I love anything that comes from the heart and has beautiful harmony, intricate and well arranged. Don't care what style, there's something wonderful to be found in many things. I still love Celtic (Iona, Robin Mark, Enya, Eden's Bridge, Keith Getty), and it's hard to beat Townend, Redmann, Tim Hughes, Chris Tomlin, Paul Baloche too. I also like Cathy Burton and Lou Fellingham. Mustn't forget Kendrick - his lyrics "shine", been to some really deep places with his songs. Recently discovered Nicole Nordemann - interesting and rich stuff. My daughter introduced me to Mercy Me - like them too, and Abundant Life, Bradford, Hillsongs....I even like a spot of (proper) Hebrew worship sometimes!!!
Secular wise, my influences are classic/prog rock, jazz rock, funk, blues, love Van Morrison and have done some of his songs in Seeker services.
Favorite Bible Verses / Passages:
I sought the Lord and he answered me, he delivered me from ALL my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant, their faces are NEVER covered in shame. Psalm 34:4-5. (First memory verse, 1981!)
Psalm 139. Jer 29:11. Ephesians 1. John 15 (I am the vine).
Actually there's so much, it's pointless trying to write them all....
God bless you James and Gil! My sisters husband was born in Finaghy in 1945/6 (?) probably long before your dear wife lived there - soo good to fellowship with you and find so much in common - divine appointment?! Talk again soon - zzzz's calling!
Thank u so much! So lovely to hear you have been to Ffald-y-brenin! 3 close friends from here were there last year and found it an unforgettable experience. Where is your wife from? I am a Belfast girl myself married to a Fife man! Ended up here in Wick in 1988 thanks to God! Know we are here for a reason and serving Him on worship team in Wick Baptist. Keep up with the writing - thats wonderful to hear! So important for songs to come from our local churches FOR our local churches. Blessings for your services tomorrow x
hello James! Nice to meet a fellow celtic lover (and no I dont mean the football club!!) Saw Robin Mark in concert 2 weeks ago - wonderful! As you are from Wales I am wondering if you have heard of Rob Godwin, who wrote "The Grace Outpouring", about his house of prayer in Wales? Lovely man with great vision for his country.. Anyway, welcome to WTR and hope you are blessed here!