Beginning as a humble campus ministry in a public high school, Sixteen Cities has become a band of Christ-followers with a genuine desire to see the Gospel transform their generation. As worship leaders, the members of Sixteen Cities are committed to writing and leading songs that are rooted in Scripture and full
of grace and truth. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, the band now leads worship at their home church in Dallas, Texas and spends the rest of their time traveling around the country for the sake of the kingdom of God. “After four studio albums and a decade in the Christian music industry, we’ve recognized
that our primary calling is not to make fans of Sixteen Cities, but to make disciples of Jesus”, says lead singer Josiah Warneking, “and that’s why the heartbeat of our band is to point others to the glory and grace of Jesus Christ.”
The story of Sixteen Cities begins in one of the least-churched cities in the nation, where singer Josiah Warneking and guitarist Josh Miller met as freshmen in high school in Portland, Oregon. “We went to our first See You At The Pole and there were only four students at a school of 3,000,” says Miller “so we decided to reach out to our peers by starting a student-led worship service on
Wednesday mornings before school”. After just a few months, their ministry went from just a handful of students to well over a hundred meeting every week. By their senior year, over 500 students attended their school’s See You At the Pole and it was obvious that God had moved in a powerful way during their high
school years. Soon after graduating, the ministry of Sixteen Cities was formed. “We left behind college scholarships and fulltime careers to pursue the calling of God on our lives” says Josiah Warneking, “and that calling has lasted more than a decade”.
The band created two independent albums before signing a record deal with Centricity Music in 2010 and subsequently released three studio albums with several songs that climbed the charts on Christian radio worldwide. Fueled by a desire to grow and flourish as a ministry, the band began searching for a church home. “We wanted to find a church where we could have community and
partner together in ministry,” says guitarist Josh Miller “so in 2012, we moved our families across the country – from Portland, Oregon to Dallas, Texas – to lead worship at The Heights Baptist Church”.
Since then, the band has recorded and released their first full-length worship album called “The Depth of Your Love” and are constantly releasing new songs amidst a busy schedule of events at churches and camps around the country.