Brian Doerksen


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Brian Doerksen has always had a passion for intimate worship. Raised in a Christian home in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, Brian was a member at a local Mennonite Brethren church and graduated from the Mennonite Educational Institute in 1983.

In 1984, at 19, he married his high school sweetheart Joyce and they began married life serving with Youth With A Mission in Southeast Asia.

In his early 20s, he found himself back home in B.C. where he joined the staff of the Langley Vineyard Christian Fellowship and spent several years there as the worship pastor in the late 80′s and early 90′s. It was during that time that he wrote some of his most beloved songs including ‘Faithful One’, ‘Refiner’s Fire’ and ‘I Lift My Eyes Up’.

In the late 90s, Brian moved to London where he trained worship leaders and songwriters in the UK and Ireland and produced the ground-breaking album Hungry. After returning to Canada, Brian later produced the classic Vineyard albums Believe and All I Need.

Then, in 2002, he began writing and recording with Integrity Music. Five critically-acclaimed albums have followed - You Shine, Today, Live In Europe, Holy God and his latest, It’s Time, which features some of his most popular songs including ‘Come, Now is the Time to Worship’ and ‘Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)’.

Brian and Joyce are back home, living in Abbotsford, British Columbia with their six children, two of whom suffer from Fragile X Syndrome, which causes mental and physical handicaps. The joys and struggles of raising these special children are often reflected in Brian’s songwriting as he calls out to God in modern hymns such as ‘Your Faithfulness’.

Through timeless songs that express ancient truth, Brian’s music has impacted the global Church, of that there’s no doubt.

8 tips for singing the Psalms

It seems like worshipping songwriters never wander too far from the Bible's hymnbook, but that doesn't mean we should never vary our approach. Brian Doerksen has some thoughts on how to shake things up a little.

Why on earth do we sing?

Brian Doerksen writes about why singing our worship is important and relates the story of how the song "Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)" came into being during an interrupted writing session with Brenton Brown.

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