Jonny Wright's Story...
"I grew up in a Christian home in Belfast, Northern Ireland with godly parents who introduced me to Jesus at a young age. I made a decision to trust Him at six years old. At around age eleven, I can remember thinking "if Christianity is true, then I need to dedicate my whole life to Christ." Around that time I picked up a guitar for the first time. Over the next number of years I grew in my love for God and for His church. I was involved in the worship ministry in my church from an early age, being introduced to it by my brother who was a drummer for the church. I also played Euphonium throughout high school which helped give me a more classical education in music.
At age seventeen, I led worship and sang for the first time. Since then I have been on a journey learning how to lead the Church in worship as effectively as I can. At eighteen, I sensed a call to full-time ministry and after deciding not to go to a performing arts school for music technology, I began a degree in theology in Belfast. I wanted to write songs, but I wanted to get my theology straight because I recognized the power that songs have in shaping our theology. After my undergraduate degree, I wanted to get further training, specifically in preaching and teaching. The Lord then opened the door for me to go to Dallas Theological Seminary to pursue a ThM (Masters of Theology) in 2012. In May 2017, I graduated from from that degree along with my wife, Lyndsay, who will graduate with her MACE (Masters in Christian Education). Lyndsay and I met at home in Northern Ireland during our high school years. We got married in 2015 and she joined me in Dallas that fall.
After graduation, we returned to Belfast (Northern Ireland) to serve at Newtownbreda Baptist Church. I will start as an Associate Pastor of Young Adults, Discipleship and Worship in July. Lyndsay will be on staff as a Children and Families worker.
I love Christian music because it takes the powerful truths of God's Word and slips it past our defenses and into our hearts. There have been many times when I feel like I can't pray and I can't read the Bible. In those times worship music has reconnected my heart to God and refreshed my soul. That what I want to do for others; give them words to express their hearts to God in every season of the soul."