Canadian-born, Ben Cantelon is currently serving as a worship leader at Holy Trinity Brompton in London and is a part of the Worship Central training team along with Tim Hughes and Al Gordon. Ben leads worship at churches and events all over the world and is a gifted songwriter.
"What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus?” asks Ben Cantelon. “Doesn’t it mean in some way that we allow our eyes to be opened? Doesn’t it mean that we are ready to see the world differently, to let our vision be directed by God’s Spirit? Doesn’t it mean seeing it in color - being open to the full range of possibilities, opportunities, needs and challenges that God has created us for?”
As metaphors go, the idea of living life in full color offers Ben Cantelon plenty of material. Throughout Everything In Color - his second full-length album - the Canadian-born worship leader and songwriter, draws worshippers to a fuller, brighter view of God.
Ben’s childhood was rich in both music and faith. His father, Brent, was pastor of Christian Life Assembly Church in Vancouver, a position he took over from his own father, Don Cantelon.
From an early age, Ben’s musical talent was evident. And by the time he had reached his teens, he felt challenged to focus his artistic energy on worship alone.
Having met and played keyboards with Tim Hughes while leading a conference in Vancouver, Ben was offered the opportunity of traveling with, and eventually joining full time, Soul Survivor, in Watford, on London’s northern outskirts. The move turned out to be a good one.
“I’d never really led worship myself all that often before coming to the UK,” says Ben. “People used to ask me to have a go, and I tried, but it wasn’t anything that I was really all that passionate about at the time. Then, after about 10 months of living in the UK, I really felt the Lord say, ‘Ben, why aren’t you leading worship?’ To me it seemed that there were so many others who were great at it; why was I needed? But God kept pressing it and eventually, I said ‘God, you have to do it – I’m not pushing any doors.’ So I left it there.”
“A week later, I got a call from Mike Pilavachi (co-founder/leader of Soul Survivor) saying that he felt God telling him that I needed to lead worship. It was incredible – a real God moment."
Seven years on and Ben is an established worship leader and songwriter within the UK and beyond. In 2007, Kingsway released Ben’s first project, an EP titled Daylight Breaks Through. Then there was the co-writer of “Happy Day” with Tim Hughes, a move from Soul Survivor to join Tim at Holy Trinity Brompton, London, and marriage.
Ben contributed with Worship Central, a worship training school under the auspices of Holy Trinity; and his songs continue to make an impact within the global church. In 2009, Kingsway released Ben’s debut, full-length solo album, Running After You. He was also featured on Worship Central’s debut live album, Spirit Break Out. Each project showcases Ben’s clear commitment to crafting great music without sacrificing accessibility.
“Our songs, our sounds and our creativity should only ever be the tool that helps us worship - never the focus. For no matter how bright or bold our work, it will never be a match for the fullness in Christ.”
According to Ben, it’s vital that worship leaders remember that they are just that - - worship leaders, not worship explorers or worship sprinters. “Those of us who play in church have a responsibility to lead our congregations, not leave them behind.”
As he sees it, these are exciting times for sung worship. Global uncertainty has settled over politics, economics and more, and while, as he says, “it is tempting to reduce things to black and white... worship has a role to play in introducing the color. Worship reminds us that God is far bigger than any of us, far brighter than any of our gloom and far more real than any of our denial.”
“So in these days of double-dip recessions and global uncertainty, we worship leaders have a unique opportunity in front of us. We need to help people to open whatever situation they face to God, not try to hide it away.” In 2021, Ben joined Provident Entertainment as Senior Director of A&R.
Ben, his wife Alice, and their two children recently moved to Nashville where they continue their journey of serving together.
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