Bio

Jeff Deyo

More than anything, Jeff Deyo is passionate about helping people get closer to God.

Yes, it's true. While other six year olds were developing their hand-foot-eye coordination via tag and kickball, Jeff Deyo cultivated his behind 88 ivory keys. But don’t pity his childhood. He didn’t forsake sports or the glorious outdoor adventures of Denver, CO, yet it took very little convincing of this precocious youngster from his mother to study piano. The kid with the big smile practiced faithfully and then began departing from the notes on the page to spark his own creations at an early age.

Today, Deyo is known internationally as the former lead singer of the Dove Award-winning group Sonicflood. He is the passionate voice behind classic worship songs like “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever,” “In the Secret,” and “Open the Eyes of My Heart.” As Sonicflood’s lead singer, primary songwriter and co-producer, Deyo saw the band’s gold certified, self-titled debut (1999) and its Grammy-nominated follow-up, Sonicpraise (2001), reach combined sales of over one million. Deyo then released four more acclaimed worship recordings “Saturate”, “Light”, “Surrender” (Live), and “Unveil.” “Moving Mountains”, his fifth and newest full-length worship album (2012) blends pop rock with soulful groove and striking melodies with meaningful lyrics in modern congregational expressions such as “We Delight,” “Rescue Me,” and "Eternity,” as well as the salient title track. He also contributed several oringal songs to the most recent Worship Live recordings "Glory to God," "Hearts on Fire," and "Always Remain" produced by Deyo for North Central University.

Jeff is the founder of Worship City Ministries, which is the umbrella under which he creates, serves, and participates in a variety of ministries worldwide. From teaching at conferences to authoring books to leading worship for large and small events, Deyo's ministry exists to help worshipers deepen their walk with God.

With a father’s heart, Deyo founded the Pure Worship Institute (PWI) from a vision which stirred in him back in 2004. After putting together a mini traveling worship conference, Pastor Sam Hinn of The Gathering Place Church exhorted Deyo to ‘pick up the new mantle of worship and pass it on to the next generation.’ It was then that Deyo made plans for PWI 2008 where an assembly of singers and musicians would come together annually to receive practical and spiritual training. Deyo continues to multiply his impact by mentoring and shepherding creative types through PWI and by traveling to churches around the world as a coach for worship leaders and worship teams.

In addition, Deyo now holds the high honor of being a full-time faculty member (as “Worship Arts Specialist, professor”) at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, MN. He teaches in the classroom, helps grow NCU’s already vibrant music department, recruits new students, leads worship, and produces new recordings for some of NCU’s top bands & artists. He is also the Music Director in his home church, Celebration Church, in Lakeville, MN and has been married to his college sweetheart, Martha, since 1992. Together, they have 4 beautiful children, Roman, Evan, Channing, and Clara.