Shannon Lewis is the Director of Youth, & Contemporary Worship Pastor/Teacher at 1st United Methodist Church’s ENCOUNTER service in Brunswick, GA, and is a Certified Lay Preacher in the United Methodist Church. Active in music making for over 25 years, he oversees Hope Farm Music Ministries – a worship training ministry – and it’s public face, the band SAINT LEWIS. When not actually leading or preaching – Shannon is working with & training inexperienced, unseasoned worship leaders, musicians, & vocalists, & sharing the Gospel of the Kingdom with the broken. Having shared the stage with Matthew West, Mac Powell, Matthew Perryman Jones, Over the Rhine, Bill Mallonee, Jaime Jamgochian, & John Mayer, among many others, Shannon sing with a boldness unique in most circles. Shannon is also a past finalist in the internationally known Eddie’s Attic shoot-out (other former finalists are John Mayer, Ani DeFranco, Shawn Mullins, & Jennifer Nettles), and several other international songwriting competitions.
Debut cd, SONGS FROM THE HOPE FARM, was released May 21st, 2010. Two singles, “Your Mighty Hand” & “Your Will” followed in 2011 & 2012. Follow-up CD, MORNING WILL COME, due late-Fall of 2014.
“Worship – the main conduit by which many in our generation discovers God – is riddled with impoverished and selfish theology, & too often our own preachers are being undermined by their worship leaders. Shannon, however, cares deeply not only about musical excellence, but also reliable God-centered theology, and walking humbly with God in equal measure.”
- Steve Rieske, Campus Director, Bowling Green Campus Crusade for Christ
“Shannon is a true Levite. He is a man on pure heart, with a special musical gifting, an amazing vocal range, & great passion and expression. When Shannon took the lead at the Gathering Place’s Main Event, drawing 1,200+ a night, it was a huge success, due in great part to Shannon’s leadership, & his deep desire to mentor younger, new worship leaders.”
- Phil Belt, Task Force, the Gathering Place
“One of those voices you could listen to for hours. Their songs range from incredible corporate worship, to other perfect for personal worship, all packed with a powerful message and rich theology.”
- Fred McKinnon, FredMcKinnon.com
“I have never seen anyone pour so much time & energy into raising up musicians, singers, & worship leaders.”
- McKendree Augustas; Worship Leader, Songwriter, Producer