Music Ministry

Our Ministry & Team

How can I get involved in the Music Ministry at SJD?
Music Ministry involves every member of the congregation, from the pew to the choir loft. By singing the hymns and service music Sunday mornings you are participating in Music Ministry. You can more formally participate by joining one of our choirs or the handbell ensemble. Additionally, Music Ministry is looking for "behind the scenes" friends to periodically assist for special events. Contact Steve Newberry to find your place!
What type of music and instruments will I hear on Sunday?
The Music Ministry presents many styles of music. In our traditional services in the church, you will hear music for choir and organ drawn from our rich Anglican choral heritage, accompanied by our Letourneau Organ. Our contemporary services in the Parish Life Center draw music from a wide variety of traditions and are led by the Praise Band using guitar, mandolin, violin, drums, and other instruments.
Are there other music events outside of Sunday morning worship at St. John the Divine?
Music Ministry offers a wide variety of music events throughout the year including Choral Evensong with a short concert following, Festival of Lessons and Carols, a major choral work with orchestral accompaniment on Good Friday, among many others. Also enriching our music offerings at SJD are concerts presented by River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Houston Chamber Choir. Click here for a full listing of events.

Our Mission

Music at SJD exists to glorify God and is integral to our worship and liturgy – worship being the core of our congregational life. It encourages the congregation’s song in corporate prayer and praise. Through its unique power, music goes beyond words, enabling all present to encounter the mystery of God in Christ Jesus.


You are invited to participate by singing whole-heartedly in worship, by singing in one of our choirs or ringing handbells, and by working "behind the scenes" to support our worship leaders.


We strive to create a loving, caring, Christian community—a Holy Place to Be—as we explore what it means to be a child of God and use our gifts for Him in the leading of worship.