Trevor is a husband to Fiona and dad to Isaac and Jonny. He is a Magnification pastor at EV Church on the NSW Central Coast, and writes songs for churches to sing. He is also involved with Magnify.org.au - a new initiative seeking to connect, encourage and equip pastors and music leaders.
I don't think I can pinpoint 'favourite' christian songs. For me, significant songs tend to be attached to significant moments, so I thought I might share those!
1. I Surrender - Geoff Bullock
In my last year of high school, I went away with a bunch of mates on a church camp and being a musician, I was drafted in to help with the music for the services. So on January 21st 1994, as we 'led' this song I realised I needed to put down my bass guitar and surrender myself to Christ's lordship. This song helped me express that with my both mind and heart - "Everything I am, and ever hope to be, I surrender to You."
2. Be Thou My Vision - Eleanor Henrietta Hull Mary Elizabeth Byrne
This was one of the songs we sang at our wedding. We see in the Bible that God often uses songs to help us recall significant moment, truths or promises. For me, each time I sing this song now, it reminds me to renew this prayer again for our marriage and life.
3. How Great Is Our God - Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
I had the privilege of being involved with music at a few conferences in Europe last year, and over a few weeks, I think we sang this song in Croatian, German, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese and Ukrainian and I might have forgotten some! Music has a great way of letting us unite in what we're proclaiming - even across language barriers. Imagine what it will be like singing Christ's praises with every nation, tribe, people and language!
4. In Christ Alone - Stuart Townend, Keith Getty
This takes me back to a moment last year where I was with 600 music pastors and leaders singing this song together to a simple piano accompaniment - I was moved to tears. But not so much because of how it sounded (though it did sound amazing!) but because of the weight of the encouragement of brothers and sisters around me wholeheartedly declaring their hope and trust in Christ. It was a vivid embodiment of Colossians 3:16 - the message of Christ was dwelling richly among us as we taught and admonished one another with all wisdom as we sang to God with gratitude in our hearts.
5. Rejoice - Dustin Kensrue, Stuart Townend
I think the third verse and chorus of this song is so helpful - we constantly need this help to worship God in all seasons and remember that God hears both our celebrations from the mountain tops and our cries from the depths of the valley. And we need to sing these kinds of songs together for one another - in any gathering, theres going to be people who need to hear and draw hope and encouragement from those around them.