By David Norris
It is such a gift to be able to look back and remember the many ways that God has extended his grace to me and my family. Although life has not always been easy, we have lived a life marked by God’s blessing and don’t deserve any of it. He has been so good to us. Here’s a bit of our story.
When I was in high school I was given the opportunity to lead worship for a small church plant that my parents helped start. I was young and inexperienced, but it became clear to the leadership of the church that I had been given a spiritual gift to help lead others in worship, specifically through music. I believe that part of my calling in life is to help people understand and articulate the core doctrines of Christianity, and to authentically express their gratitude to God—Father, Son, and Spirit—for who He is, what He has done, and what He continues to do to redeem all things. Leading others in worship is a privilege and responsibility that I don’t take lightly—it is a solemn thing. And it is also a great joy—something special happens when believers come together and sing praise to the one true God.
My musical interests are quite diverse. Of course, as a worship leader in the 21st century, my iPhone is loaded with hundreds of songs from Hillsong, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder and many other “big name” worship leaders/writers of the contemporary Christian music scene. Recently I’ve really been getting into John Mark McMillan, Dustin Kensrue, Citizens and Saints, King’s Kaleidoscope, All Sons and Daughters, and Bethel, among others. If you caught me listening to music that is outside the sphere of corporate “worship music” it would probably be the Avett Brothers, Coldplay, The Lumineers, Charles Bradley, Dr. Dog, or anything that came out of Motown. And there are a few artist that seem to be able to cross the sacred/secular barrier pretty well, which I respect and admire—artists like Jon Foreman, Ivan and Alyosha, and The Oh Hellos.
A few interesting facts about me—I love to read, my favorite candy is original Sprees, I enjoy cooking—especially breakfast, and I am colorblind.
In the Fall of 2011 I married the love of my life, Taylor, and 8 months later we moved from Florida to Colorado so that I could study theology at Denver Seminary. We have lived here ever since and absolutely love the mountains, the lack of humidity, the snow, and the culture here.
We welcomed our first child—Norah Laine—into the world on January 16, 2016. Aside from our salvation in Christ, she is our greatest source of joy.
God gave us the gift of clarity when the opportunity to join Wellspring came to us. We are certain that He brought us here and we are thrilled to be a part of this loving, spirit-filled, gospel-centered community. Wellspring is such a unique church, blending ancient truths and traditions with contemporary expressions and applications. After our first Sunday, it was clear that we were at home here, and we couldn’t be more grateful. God is so good.