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This is what a community of worship leaders looks like —

By Becca Haines

If you ask the members of Revenant Worship what sets them apart from other worship bands, they’ll tell you they don’t even like the title “band.”

Instead, the group that will lead worship for the Believe tour this fall and during the spring of 2019 considers themselves a community of worship leaders that have all come together under one banner: leading people to Jesus.

"We want to be part of something that fixes kids’ eyes on Jesus and lets them encounter Him. All the cool production stuff we bring is meant to point people to Jesus. "

“The name ‘Revenant Worship’ is something we’ve been moving toward for a while now,” said Josaih Warneking, lead vocalist and keyboardist. “Our ministry had changed from a Christian band to more of a community of worship leaders. God was calling us to a new season so it’s not just a band changing a name but something new, and Revenant Worship was the perfect name for us because all our stories involve God calling us from a place where we were all dead in our sins but alive in Christ.”

 

The band – formerly known as 16 Cities – is comprised of Warneking; Emily Huffaker, vocals; John Michael Howell, guitar and vocals; Connor Patton, drums; and Ben Bledsoe, bass. This tour is the first experience with the new name. Every member leads worship at their respected churches when not on tour, and they’re planning to record a new album in early 2019. Warneking said CIY’s Believe tour is a fantastic first step in Revenant’s journey.

 

“I got to see Believe last year, so I was excited for the opportunity to be a part of it,” he said. “It’s not only a well-done conference as far as production and elements, the heartbeat behind Believe is something we can get behind. We want to be part of something that fixes kids’ eyes on Jesus and lets them encounter Him. All the cool production stuff we bring is meant to point people to Jesus.”

 

Mike Branton, Believe programming director, said each of the musicians show an apparent love for Christ as well as the students.

 

“They bring a pastor’s heart to the stage,” he said. “It’s huge the way they interact with the kids after the event. Hopefully the kids are inspired to be like that on and off the stage. This band goes above and beyond in that aspect – they care about the kids and enjoy those conversations.”

 

Believe will hit the road again Jan. 25-26, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Find more dates and locations here.