The Desperation Band is the youth worship expression of New Life Church. Made up of committed musicians who are pastored by New Life Senior Pastor Brady Boyd and led by Worship Pastor Jon Egan, the church and its Desperation Conferences are the very heartbeat of the band. Perhaps that is why “D-Band,” as they are often called, has always been more of a ministry than a band.
Being part of a thriving church committed to serving one another and their community has taught the bandmates that true change comes when people lay aside their personal agendas to encounter the true and living God.
Signed to Integrity Music, Desperation Band has recorded numerous live and studio albums over the last decade including Center Of It All, Light Up The World, and Everyone Overcome, and they are preparing to record a new live album at their July 2014 Desperation Conference.
Made up of several committed musicians, the band often travels to conferences, churches, festivals, and concerts throughout the world. Their songs, which are sung by congregations around the world, include: “I Am Free,” “Overcome,” “This I Know,” “Yahweh,” “Here In Your Presence,” and “Strong God.”
Desperation Band was originally formed in 2001 when New Life youth pastor David Perkins launched a youth movement for local churches called Desperation. They hold multiple Desperation Conferences every summer in Colorado Springs. The Conferences draw thousands of high school and college students who are desperate for the greater things of God. The emphasis of the conference is wrapped up in “The Vow,” a commitment to PASSION, INTERCESSION, CONSECRATION, AND MISSION. Over 30,000 young people have signed the vow and the stories continue to pour in about the difference they are making in their world.
Desperation Band partners with David Todd of the 709 Agency. David’s management and direction has brought a new level to Dband as they have done their best to steward what God is doing. Always working as an in-house operation, drummer Jared Henderson carries the load of Dband’s web presence through video blogs, episodes, and social media. Jon Egan creates and implements the graphic design/brand for the team.
Jon and the Desperation Band co-founded “Heartwork”, a ministry to the youth of the world that empowers them to be hope and freedom to the orphans of the world. Starting June of 2010, Heartwork launched “the 1k Campaign”…1,000 orphan projects built by 1,000 student groups in 1,000 days. Student groups all over the country formed groups and adopted projects. The 1,000 days just closed and the effort yielded 1,036 projects fully funded.
The Desperation Band has always been more of a ministry than a band.
Jon and the guys believe that true change comes when people lay aside their agendas to encounter the true and living God. They are passionate about the presence of God and they don’t hide it. They are well aware that music will never impact souls…only the power of God. They don’t perform or entertain. They want to join with real people to worship a real God. The Desperation Band exists to partner with His Kingdom and to pray as Jesus told us… “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” -Mother Teresa
“This I know. We will command life from dead places. We will bring light to the darkness. We will prophecy into the void. We will draw near to our Father and invite everyone to come along. We will hear His heart for others. We will answer with movement. With action. We will pray. Then move. Then pray. Then move. We will risk. We will look like fools, we will look good, and everything in between. We will find our identity in Him. We will walk with a limp because we wrestled with God. We will heal those limping while we ourselves limp. We will be ourselves. As for the world changing…we’re gonna join with many others, stay committed to doing our part, and see God reign.” -Jon Egan