John has learned what it means to worship and live in spirit and in truth.
From his early days leading worship on campus’ at Sam Houston State University, and Texas A&M — to today… John continues to share an urgency and passion for God that is clearly contagious. It’s easy to hear John’s heart and catch an inside glance into his thinking by listening to John’s lyrics and music. From the song “first love” to “All we have is Jesus,” to “Never be the Same and God is Faithful”… John has done his best to authentically share his ups and downs through his faith journey.
John’s new and 7th album, “Declaration,” is a collection of songs written from and for the church. The Anthem shouts unapologetically that ‘Our Declaration is that we live by the power of Jesus Christ and by His grace we walk.”…
This has been one of John’s central themes for years. The Studio project “Join in the song” was all about walking in the grace of God through horrific seasons of life, while still having the faith and spiritual maturity to declare the Goodness of God no matter what. John’s ministry is one that calls people to trust God when life is hard, believe God for the impossible and supernatural… and he’s not afraid to share his own dark days as testimony of God’ trustworthiness.
On October 22, 2007, John’s third child was born 4 months too soon. The next 5 months were a roller coaster of emotions, testing the faith John had lived and stood to proclaim for many years. Given less than a 1% chance of their son surviving, John and Kelly, day after day, begged God to see supernatural miracles, knowing only His intervention would save their son. It was in these moments that the calling, ministry, music, message and meaning of John and his family were redefined. Every day and night was a marathon of exhaustion.
“I wish I could say that I had a steadfast assurance that God was in control, but I would be lying if I said that. There were many moments, on the outside, I was doing my best to display that sort of trust, so that my wife felt comfort, but deep inside my core, I would be secretly asking God if He was there,…
seeing all this… in the middle of it?!”
?’God is Here’ is a song on the project, “Join in the Song,” that came out of John praying certain statements to God over and over…
“I remember in the beginning praying very specific prayers in times of crisis with Kyle’s little body… like, in the first few weeks while they were battling with Kyle’s blood pressure, heartbeat, etc,
I prayed,… God, only YOU can touch a heart and make it beat,…Then when his lungs, already totally not formed or ready to work, were damaged from the ventilator,I prayed, ‘only you can touch a life and make it breathe…’and so my prayers continued over Kyle’s body, ultimately becoming the song, God is Here.”
This story, … Kyle’s story, is an extremely hard story to have lived and walked. It’s one that John and Kelly both know God will use for His glory, to advance His kingdom, and hopefully to grow and deepen His people’s belief in Him.
John’s primary passion is to help people see God in a bigger way.
The songs he writes are focused on the majesty of God, our obedience to Him, and living the life of Christ, a life of sacrifice. Simply put, his songs point us toward focusing all our attention and affection on God. In addition, John has a heart that is concerned with people and with allowing them to see truth – the powerful, healing and life saving message of the Resurrected Christ. His concern for God’s people has been evident in every area of his ministry. This has been true from John being on different church staffs, Or stepping in as interim worship pastor for multiple hurting churches when they were in transition, to traveling and teaching, as well as touring his recording projects; even in his early days in college, where he led worship for many Bible studies including leading over 6000 students weekly at Breakaway Bible Study at Texas A & M University.
John, with the help of friends and his wife Kelly, established a discipleship oriented student camp that still goes strong today called 220, based on Galatians 2, verse 20. This has been such paradigm for so many students and churches over the last 12 years!
Today, John has now released seven recordings, both studio and live.
John’s newest project, ‘Declaration,’ is his most energetic and spiritually mature lyrical and musical accomplishment to date. Featuring many new songs that the church is already embracing, such as “Declaration, First Love, Forever Praised, For a Thousand, and Glory of our God”. This project, following on the heels of the vulnerable work of “Join in the Song” is already proving to be a favorite to many who have followed John’s ministry and music for years.
“I believe God is using and will use this project in a more powerful way than anything I have been a part of in the past… we have seasoning now that we didn’t have then,… that sort of James 1 type of perseverance,… which lends itself to a powerful message to share,… nothing contrived, but just gut level honesty that I can’t help but talk about…”
John’s time is divided as being a dad, husband, songwriter, worship pastor, communicator, connector, and visionary. John, his wife Kelly, and their three boys live in the Woodlands, TX.
For info regarding John’s music and ministry, visit johnsherrill.com.
For more information on Kyle’s journey, you can read prayforkyle.com.
For info regarding 220 camp and conferences, visit twotwenty.org.