The CORE – Congregational Praise Band

“O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1 

The CORE leads the music ministry for the contemporary worship service at 9:45 a.m. on Sundays in the Sanctuary and seeks to:

  • Honor and praise God through prayer and song
  • Live out an infectious passion for the ministry of Jesus Christ
  • Assist and promote congregational participation in worship
  • Develop a culture of support for the church and the band
  • Invest in the improvement of band members, as individual and collective musicians

Jim Lowder leads this ministry by drawing from the instrumental and vocal talents of the Philadelphia community to engage the congregation in collective praise, reflection and celebration. The CORE features keyboard, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums.  They are joined by talented singers who help lead the congregation in praise and worship.

The repertoire includes a wide variety of current praise and worship favorites.  Great care is taken to ensure the biblical integrity of song lyrics and choices that encourage congregational participation.

In addition to Sunday services, The CORE Praise Band joins the Chancel Choir in leading occasional “blended” and seasonal services, including a Christmas Special which includes both traditional and contemporary favorites.

Team members for this ministry are always in demand including:

  • Vocalists
  • Instrumentalists
  • Sound specialists

For more information or to become a part of The CORE Praise Band contact Jim Lowder (