Samford Worship is a creative worship collective housed in the Center for Worship and the Arts in the School of the Arts at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
As our in-house recording initiative, Samford Worship serves as the hub for worship music produced by Samford worship students, faculty, and staff, including our Campus Worship Team, the Worship Arts Ensemble, and the worship songwriters who call the Center for Worship and the Arts home.
Samford Worship's first studio single, Salvation Unto Us Has Come, was released for Ash Wednesday in 2020. Originally written by preacher and theologian Paulus Speratus, who assisted Martin Luther in preparing the first Lutheran Hymnal, this 16th century hymn text provides a powerful declaration of the Protestant Reformation’s great conviction of justification by faith alone. CWA Associate Director Wen Reagan and former CWA staff member Kara Young took this text and retuned the traditional 16th century German melody into a darker folk tune, highlighting the text’s unapologetic declaration of human sinfulness in the face of God’s holiness, a declaration that sits well in the sobriety of Ash Wednesday. Yet, like Ash Wednesday, the song moves from its minor key into a fitting praise of the salvation that has come to us in Jesus Christ. Check out this new release on Spotify, Apple Music or Amazon Music!
Samford Worship’s single, My Soul Magnifies the Lord, was released December 2019. This song was recorded live by the 2018-19 Campus Worship Team in a special worship service in Reid Chapel at Samford University during the 2018 Advent season. The single can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Our first album, Convocation Live, features creative covers of modern worship standards from the student and faculty-led Campus Worship Team, recorded live over the 2018-19 academic year in our weekly convocation services in Reid Chapel on the campus of Samford University. Convocation Live released October 2019 and it can be found on Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Music.
Meet the Team
Get Involved / Auditions
The Samford Worship team is made up of a variety of students from across campus who have a passion for worship and the arts. Auditions for each of our groups (Campus Worship Team, Worship Arts Ensemble, etc.) takes place in April and May of each year for the following academic year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I book one of the Samford worship teams for an event?
We do not currently book out our campus worship teams for external events. However, we would love to help with your ministry’s leadership needs. We have two processes in place to help connect both current students and alumni with opportunities in local churches.
- Community Partner Directory: The Center for Worship and the Arts maintains a Community Partner Directory containing job listings which may be good fits for current students. We update the directory weekly and distribute to students. If you’d like to be included in the next update, please complete the community partner form and we’ll be glad to add your listing.
- Hire Samford: We encourage both current and former students in search of employment to check postings on HireSamford.com. To add an available job to the website, go to HireSamford.com, click on “Employers”, then “Create Account”. You’ll receive an e-mail once your company registration has been approved, at which point you’ll be able to use the link provided in that message to set your password and post the opportunity. It will automatically remain active for 30 days (unless you set an application deadline that is further out), but you can expire or re-post it at any time in the future with a click of a button.
Where can I buy / listen to Samford Worship albums?
The Samford Worship albums can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.
How often do the Samford worship teams lead worship?
Campus Worship Team leads every Tuesday and Thursday morning at Samford University at 10 a.m. for the student body. This is an academic class that meets under the supervision of Dr. Wen Reagan. Other ensemble groups have worship nights or concerts at least once a semester. Visit the School of the Arts events page for more information.