I’m going to cut to the chase, I’M MOVING TO LONDON, ENGLAND OCTOBER 1st!!! Okay, now story time!
On August 4, 2013 I had just finished leading worship at a church in the San Francisco area when an English man named Jon Burns approached me about coming to a church in London to help with worship. One week later I’m having a video conference with Pastor Elijah Kirby of “Fellowship London” and was asked, “How would you like to move to London and be th new worship pastor for our Church?”. For me it was the most left field question I have probably ever been asked. Move halfway across the world, different country and culture, stop touring and be a worship pastor. This would be a night and day change for me. After spending a couple weeks in prayer about it, I felt God’s peace and I got on a plane set for Dallas, TX and met with Fellowship Church (with Pastor Ed Young). I spent a couple days meeting with the staff and worship team. Everyone there was very welcoming, genuine, and had a passion for seeing the gospel go forward. That was when God’s peace finally settled on me and I knew this was where He wanted me to be. Ironically, the following weekend, I was already set to fly out to Europe for a few shows I was playing. While I was over there I took a plane over to London, met Pastor Elijah, spent a day scouting out the area of Shoreditch (where I’ll be moving to) and dreaming of the future of the church, and seeing people come to know Jesus. The visit to Shoreditch in London was incredible! The culture is as fast paced as New York with a feel mixed with Seattle and San Fransisco. After my day long visit, I flew back to the states. After a few days I finally recieved the final word, I’m moving to London, England on October 1, 2013! I know a few months back I made the announcement that I will be moving to Nashville, Tennessee, but that just goes to confirm the verse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps” – Proverbs 16:9.
It’s been an incredible blessing to have had the privilege to tour the entire United States a few times over, release 2 full lengths CD,’s, 2 EP’s, and make so many AMAZING friends over the years! With this looking to be a long term move to London,, my years of touring in the States could be few and far between. Please be checking my website (josiahjames.com) the next few days for some of my farewell show dates, including my farewell party show; being held in Roseville, CA the final weekend of September (more details TBA). I would be so blessed to see you all before I move on October 1st!
I love you all and PLEASE be keeping me in your prayers! This will easily be one of the biggest lifestyle and cultural changes I have experienced thus far. From small town American, to big city foreigner. I will be going from a touring solo artist, to a worship pastor part of whole church team.
I can say with confidence that I have never felt God call me into something so strongly and never have had more confirmation in my life to take a leap. Thank you all so much for the support and prayers over the years!