Music is compelling. There’s something about words and melodies mixed up together that speaks to us as people in profound ways. Even more, there’s something about not only listening but engaging and singing something together that stirs our souls. Songs connect with our experiences and help us express things we can’t otherwise express. Songs shape and change us.
We as a church are called to gather regularly and sing together. Music, prayers, reading and hearing scripture, study and silence and are all elements of our gathered worship. These things are designed to influence, inform and affect every corner of our lives. Worship comes naturally to us – we all turn and focus, get excited about and give ourselves to something we think (or hope) is worthy. Often we turn the wrong ways. As we turn towards God, the One True Creator and Sustainer, the Saviour and King our lives are transformed as individuals and a community. This is why we sing. This is why I write songs – to engage people to think about what we worship, to give us a fuller picture and experience of a good God come down in the incarnation, and to turn our whole selves towards Him.
What I Do
I love writing songs for the church to sing together because they shape us in the way of Jesus. Take a listen on your favorite music streaming service.
Sometimes I write things on justice, art, church, leading worship, cars, or anything else that compells me. The blog is a great place to get inside my head and engage in the comments.
Training & Coaching
I’ve had many people teach and shape me, and I love to help others along the journey too. I’d love to chat about creating more Kingdom wins in your context.
I’m Dave, a Christ follower who has a heart for the church and the intersection of faith and art. I am based in Hamilton, Ontario, but have roots all over the great country of Canada. I was born in Hamilton, did my undergrad in Saskatchewan, worked as a pastor in Southern Alberta, spent a few years in Vancouver doing a masters in arts and theology at Regent College and have had the privilege of spending time with great people from coast to coast.
I’m an ambassador for Compassion and love sharing about their ministry and the way that we all can be involved in loving and releasing children from poverty in Jesus name from around the world as a part of our worship.
I’m a husband to a wonderful wife and father to two fantastic kids. I love hiking, biking, canoeing and woodworking. On a rainy day you’ll find me reading anything from modern fiction to the early church fathers, building stuff around the house, and sharing a meal with friends and family around the table.