Tom Read


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Born: The mighty town of Watford!
Living: The stunning city of Oxford!
Church: St Aldates Church (Anglican)
Family: My wife, two kids, and a hamster called Chloe.
Plays: Guitar, and piano (in selected keys only)
Favourite lyric: Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly


The journey so far

Tom Read started out leading worship in his youth group because the actual worship leader was ill and they needed someone to fill in. A little later on he became the worship pastor at his church until he decided what he really wanted to do with his life. He ended up in post for 12 years.

These days he’s a volunteer worship leader at his church in Oxford, and writes and produces music professionally.


What’s next? “Besides trying to be a good father and husband, I’ve always got a few projects on the go.” They include writing and producing a one-year worship project for St Aldates, as well as songs for some up-and-coming pop artists. Tom also has his own new worship project – LAMENT – coming out soon. It will be his first worship music release in over 5 years.

And after that? “My aim is to just keep improving as a songwriter and producer.”

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Quickfire Questions

My earliest memory is… Watching Button Moon on the TV in the front room of our house in Watford.

If I wasn’t a songwriter/worship leader I’d probably be… I love using the internet... is there a job that lets you do that?

The best sermon I ever heard was… Matthew Barnett speaking on serving the poor. Life changing!

My last meal on earth? It would have to be… Roast chicken

The greatest sports team ever in the history of everything… British women's curling team (Bronze medal winners - 2010 Winter Olympics)

It was pretty embarrassing when I was leading worship one times and... I fell off the stage.

My first album that I ever bought was… 'Salt 'n' Pepa –  My mum was not a fan!

I wish I’d written this lyric… Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss.

When I search Netflix, I mainly browse the… section. Documentaries

When I listen to music, my favorite way to is… in the bath.

My first mentor was… Carlos Choi – my old worship pastor, who was an ex-drug addict and gang member who found Jesus through Jackie Pullinger's ministry in Hong Kong.

The most recent thing I saw God do that made me praise Him was… A good friend of mine just got his dream job after years of rejections. Perseverance and prayer!

Dead Things To Life Song Devotional

Dead Things To Life by Tom Read song devotional - We all have areas in our life that feel “dead.” It might be a relationship, or perhaps a dream you once had? Maybe you were once passionate about something, but lately it feels like it’s a lost cause? I believe God wants to breathe his life into the “dead” areas of our lives - over the lost dreams and hopes that we once had | WeAreWorship

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