John Gabriel Arends is a worship leader and recording artist with a heart to see people everywhere encounter God's love, truth, and supernatural power. John frequently leads worship at churches, conferences, and events locally, across the USA, and internationally.
As a songwriter, John strives to craft songs that will cause people to enter into an experience. As a worship leader, his passion is the same. "I don't want people to just sing songs to the ceiling—I want them to encounter the presence of Jesus and be caught up in into an open heaven."
Each of John's songs have cutting-edge lyrics, birthed from John's own relationship with the Lord and having solid ties to the Scriptures. They carry a cry for more of Holy Spirit's presence. They are songs of encounter.
During a worship time in a small church, the Lord spoke to John and said, "I died to bring My bride back to Me. Are you willing to die to bring her back to Me?" Since that time, John has endeavored to touch people everyday for the Kingdom of God—until they all come home. With this calling burning in his heart, John's worship ministry is permeated by the longing of the bridegroom and His bride. Intimacy, holiness, purity, open heavens, revival, and joy in salvation are common overtones that people experience from John's life and ministry.
Everywhere he goes, he desires to be a "God-encounter" for the people around him. He has a passion to see people go deeper into God (Ezekiel 47:1-12), to see people become consumed by heaven and the the things of God's supernatural Kingdom, and to see Jacob's generation raised up—a generation that seeks the Lord with clean hands and pure hearts (Psalm 24, Psalm 73:1), that violently pursues their birthright (Matthew 11:12, Hebrews 12:14-17), and that walks in the wisdom of the righteous to be prepared for the coming of the Lord (Luke 1:17).
John lives in Kalispell, Montana, with his beautiful wife Unisha. John is a pastor at his home church, The River. He is an ordained minister by Global Awakening, part of the Revival Alliance with Randy Clark, Bill Johnson, Che Ahn, Georgian Banov, and Rolland and Heidi Baker. He and Unisha oversee the youth ministry of the church. The two of them love traveling and ministering in the nations. They have one son who is the most amazing kid you'll ever meet. They are MOWFamily.