Brian Doerksen

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Brian Doerksen
Brian Doerksen
Background information
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Origin Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Genres Christian, Worship music
Occupations Songwriter and singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1989 (1989) - present
Labels Integrity Music

Brian Robert Doerksen (pronounced "durkson") is a Canadian Christian singer-songwriter and worship leader.

Musical career[edit]

For many years Doerksen was part of the Vineyard Churches as well as Vineyard Music Group. In that context he has been extremely influential in the area of contemporary Christian worship music. He was a featured worship leader on many Vineyard worship CDs and has also taught extensively on worship leading and song writing. Brian's worship recordings are known for their high production values and quality songwriting.

Notable songs written by Doerksen include: "Refiner's Fire" (1990), "Faithful One", "Hope of the Nations," (2003), "Holy God", "Today (As For Me and My House)" and "Come Now is the Time to Worship" (1998) which has been covered by a number of artists including the Oslo Gospel Choir.

More recently Brian Doerksen has been producing worship music through Integrity's Hosanna Music, including his albums You Shine (2002), Today (2004), Live In Europe (2005), Holy God (2006) and It's Time (2008).

Brian Doerksen received a Gospel Music Association Dove Award in 2003, only the second Canadian to be so honoured. He has also won a string of Covenant Awards during his career including four in 2005, among them: Artist of the Year, Praise And Worship Album Of The Year and Praise And Worship Song Of The Year. Three more Covenant Awards followed in 2006, and a further six in 2007. In 2008 he won a Juno Award for the album Holy God.[1]

Doerksen's most recent project was to co-write a musical titled Prodigal God [1] with playwright and worship pastor Christopher Greco. The production will have its debut performance in February 2010 in Vancouver, before going on tour.[2]


Brian Doerksen is currently one of two co-pastors along with Dean & Janine Richmond and Irv & Karin Esau at a church they started on Mother's Day 2006 called The Bridge. The church meets in Matsqui Village. Brian is a teaching and worship arts pastor and oversees the church's growing team of worship leaders.

Personal life[edit]

He was married in 1985 at age nineteen to his wife Joyce. The couple have six children, four daughters and two sons. His sons both have fragile X syndrome. The family lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada.[3]


Vineyard Music albums
  • Changed by Your Glory (1989)
  • Hear Our Cry (1990)
  • We Behold You (1990)
  • Your Kingdom Come (1990)
  • Jesus Alone (1991)
  • Save Us Oh God (1991)
  • Worship Festival Live (1992)
  • In Deiner Gegenwart Vol 1 & 2 (1993)
  • Light the Fire Again (1994)
  • Father’s House (1994, review[4])
  • Winds of Worship 4 (1995)
  • Isn't He (1995, review[5])
  • Winds of Worship 5 (1996)
  • Faithful Father (1996)
  • Winds of Worship 8 (1997)
  • Come, Now is the Time (1998)
  • Father (1998)
  • Intimacy (1998)
  • Hungry (1999)
  • God is Love (2000)
  • Rise Up Europe (2000)
  • Believe (2000)
  • Change Me on the Inside (2001)
  • Come and Follow (2001, review[6])
  • Love Abbotsford Live (2001)
  • All I Need (2002)
Solo albums
  • You Shine (2002, reviews[7][8])
  • Today (2004, review[9])
  • Live in Europe (2005, review[10])
  • Holy God (2006, review[11])
  • It's Time (2008, review[12])
  • Level Ground (2010)
  • The Brian Doerksen Guitar Songbook (2004, includes a DVD)
  • Make Love, Make War: NOW is the Time to Worship (David C. Cook, 2009)
Songs in other projects
  • Today (2004, review[13])
  • Level Ground (2010)

Awards and recognition[edit]

Gospel Music Association Dove Award
GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 2005 Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • 2005 Praise And Worship Album Of The Year: Today
  • 2005 Special Events/Compilation Of The Year: Sea to Sea: Filled With Your Glory
  • 2005 Praise And Worship Song Of The Year: "Today" (written with Sandra Gage)
  • 2006 Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • 2006 Artist Of The Year
  • 2006 Inspirational Song Of The Year: "When You Shepherd Me"
  • 2007 Artist Of The Year
  • 2007 Male Vocalist Of The Year
  • 2007 Album Of The Year: Holy God
  • 2007 Praise And Worship Album Of The Year: Holy God
  • 2007 Song Of The Year: "Holy God"
  • 2007 Praise And Worship Song Of The Year: "Holy God"
  • 2009 Praise And Worship Song Of The Year: "It’s Time For The Reign Of God" (written with Steve Mitchinson)[16]
  • 2011 Four awards, including: Special Events/Compilation Of The Year: Prodigal God, Praise And Worship Album Of The Year: Level Ground, Music DVD Of The Year: Level Ground: The Live Experience, and Praise And Worship Song Of The Year: "Welcome To The Level Ground" (written with Paul Baloche)
Juno Awards
Praise Awards
  • 2001 Best Worship Project: Hungry
Shai Awards (formerly The Vibe Awards)
  • 2004 nominee, Artist Of The Year
  • 2004 nominee, Male Soloist Of The Year
  • 2005 Male Soloist Of The Year
  • 2005 Worship Album of the Year: Today


  1. ^ Coggins, Jim (July 2008). "(News) Brian Doerksen: connecting with the heart of worship". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  2. ^ Coggins, Jim (September 2009). "(News) Prodigal God to hit the stage". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2009-12-07. 
  3. ^ Brian Doerksen's official biography
  4. ^ Butler, Jayne (1 December 1995). "(Review) Father's House". Cross Rhythms (30). Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  5. ^ Cummings, Tony (1 December 1995). "(Review) Isn't He: Acoustic Worship". Cross Rhythms (30). Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  6. ^ Croft, Philip (4 July 2001). "(Review) Brian Doerksen, Andy Park - Come And Follow". Cross Rhythms (64). Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  7. ^ Breimeier, Russ. "(Review) You Shine". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  8. ^ Kirk, Trevor (4 July 2002). "(Review) You Shine". Cross Rhythms (70). Retrieved 2008-10-25. 
  9. ^ Breimeier, Russ. "(Review) Today". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  10. ^ Farias, Andree. "(Review) Live In Europe". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  11. ^ Farias, Andree. "(Review) Holy God". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  12. ^ Farias, Andree. "(Review) It's Time". Christianity Today. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  13. ^ Honeyman, Lins (1 December 2004). "(Review) Today". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  14. ^ GMA 2003 Special Award. Retrieved on 2008-09-23.
  15. ^ Fleck, Peter (June 2003). "(News) Painful times helped produce award-winning music". Canadian Christianity. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  16. ^ Brian Doerksen also received five other 2009 GMAC nominations, for: Artist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Album Of The Year: It's Time, Praise And Worship Album Of The Year: It's Time, and Praise And Worship Song Of The Year: "You Alone" (written with David John Hensman and Travis Thuro). GMAC 2009 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2009-10-25.

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