LUBBOCK—As the Justin Cofield Band travels around the country leading worship at student events, the group is earning a reputation for heart-felt lyrics and solid melodies in their original songs.
In 1997, while he was attending Texas Tech University, Cofield and local ministers such as evangelist Jon Randles established Paradigm Bible study. Every Thursday night, students from area universities gathered together at First Baptist Church in Lubbock.
“Paradigm was such a valuable experience,” Cofield said. “I started leading worship for them during my junior year at Texas Tech, and I learned so much about engaging people and being sensitive to the Holy Spirit.”
In addition to leading worship at Paradigm Bible study, the Justin Cofield Band began responding to requests for out-of-state engagements.
Through the years, the band has been presented with many opportunities to share about Christ’s love with students and young adults at events.
“We’ve had the opportunity to lead worship all over the United States and Canada,” Cofield said. “It’s fulfilling to lead people in worship—who really want to worship—no matter the size or the place. I love getting to be a part of God working in people’s lives. It’s humbling, exciting and profound all at the same time.”
The Justin Cofield Band maintains a busy schedule, performing concerts and leading worship at youth camps, retreats, conferences and Disciple Now weekends. This summer, the band led worship at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Encampment in Cedar Hill and one session of Super Summer at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.
“We want to be intentional about being a catalyst for life change through music. Our goal is not only to lead people in worship, but to also create an atmosphere where people can connect with something greater than themselves. Our desire is to be God-glorifying, not only in our music, but also in the way that we live. We believe that worship is something that should permeate your entire life.
“We always want to be fruit-bearing in what we do, focused on helping people connect with God through music and encouraging students to love God and love people. I tell people all the time, ‘It’s easy to sing about Jesus.’”