Since he began playing guitar in high school, Justin Jarvis has been marked with a passion for worship and the local church. "The power of music came alive to me in those years, and Jesus met me in that place. It totally changed my life, and I had to find an outlet for what was going on in my heart," says Jarvis. In 2002, Justin moved from his native Birmingham, AL to Fort Lauderdale, FL with Darren & Wendy Davis to plant The Harbour Church. "God taught me the value of community, one relationship at a time. I began to see the church as my family, and it was something very new to me. I started writing songs out of that journey." For almost ten years, he has overseen the music and creative culture of The Harbour Church through training, preaching and leading worship. In 2004, he married his college sweetheart, Janette Leong, and they have two sons, Owen and Elliot. From his family to his music, Justin desires to see the Kingdom of God and the fire of revival come in a life-changing way to this generation. "When we love Jesus, we carry a catalyst inside of us. The love, power and presence of God flowing through His people, the local church, are what will change the world. I want to create music that inspires us to that end."
Five Questions with Justin Jarvis
- When did you start leading worship?
- In high school, I started leading worship at different youth groups in Birmingham. I continued in college at weekly campus ministry meetings, and I got involved helping out with a church-plant my senior year. God laid strong foundations in my heart which ultimately helped prepare me for building the worship ministry at The Harbour Church when I moved to Ft. Lauderdale.
- What's your favorite junk food?
- Well it depends on the day: Haagen-Dazs: strawberry, coffee or pineapple coconut in that order. Twizzlers. Sour Patch Watermelons. Lindt Chocolate with Sea Salt. Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Cups. Five Guys and In-N-Out (for you, Luke). Wasabi peas. Also, hotdogs.
- Favorite childhood memory?
- My Dad used to decorate my birthday cakes by hand. He would sketch out a design and use a sheet cake as a canvas. The best part about it was his freehand designs were based on the party theme. My cake was always original and rad, and it made me feel so special. Star Wars. Gremlins. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name a few. The list over the years was epic!
- If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, it would be...?
- ...the Thai Steak Noodle Salad at Houston's. Baby greens, mango, avocado, peanuts, tomato, chunks of filet, and fresh noodles. It's an unreal mountain of flavor!!! No contest. Am I seeing an emerging food theme here?
- If you could give one piece of advice to young worship leaders, what would it be?
- Plant your roots deep in a local church family that you can trust. This gives you a safe environment where you can fail and grow; you cannot get it anywhere else. Submitting yourself to friends and leaders that love you at your worst and believe the best for your life will unlock your destiny in a way talent and skill never could. Let your journey with God and the community around you be the well you draw from to write songs and lead people into His presence.