Josh Lavender

Now may the God of patience and encouragement give to you the same thing to think among one another, in harmony with Christ Jesus; that with one accord ,with one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
— Romans 15:5-6 (LNT)

Growing up as a Pastor's kid, church was (and is) a huge part of my life. For as long as I can remember my mom would lead heartfelt hymns from a piano in our tiny church, and my dad would preach. It didn't take long for me to realize that in the hard times of life people cling to songs like, "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand," or "What a Friend We Have in Jesus..." songs that give them hope.

I have always loved the poetic quality and theological depth of traditional hymns. Ever since I started writing songs with my brother at 7 years old, capturing the richness of hymn-like lyrics inside modern, vibrant music has been a great adventure.

I have always wanted to make music for the Church.

I am passionate about community worship in the local church. I want to continue to write songs that declare God's nature, songs that are Trinitarian, congregational, inclusive, singable, encouraging... songs for the Church.


Gracious Father, we pray for Your holy universal Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace.
Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where there is anything amiss, reform it.
Where there is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it;
For the sake of Jesus Christ Your Son our Savior. Amen.
— The Book of Common Prayer