Brandon Hampton has been a creative constant at the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) since he arrived in Kansas City in 2004. As a jack of all musical trades, Brandon wears many hats both in and out of the prayer room. For years he has been an electric guitarist for Misty Edwards’ team. He also spent time as an associate worship leader for Matt Gilman and Jon Thurlow. Brandon’s talent reaches beyond the guitar—his production and songwriting skills have been an invaluable part of several of Forerunner Music’s releases. Beyond his involvement at the house of prayer, he traveled and recorded as a guitarist with Jason Upton from 1999–2008. Known and loved in many Christian music circles, Brandon also works with United Pursuit Band, Michael Ketterer, Sean Feucht, Kevin Prosch, Will Reagan, William Matthews, and SisterBrother.
Cassie Campbell plays a significant role in the music at the International House of Prayer, both in live worship and in the studio. She first fell in love with prayer ministry back when the prayer room was in a few connected mobile trailers. “There was such a sweetness to worshiping in the middle of the night and saying, ‘You’re worth the sacrifice,’” Cassie recalls. At the time, Cassie was attending Florida State University, pursuing a degree in music education, with double bass as her principal instrument. After finishing school she joined the staff of IHOPKC and has been playing bass as part of the NightWatch since 2005. She has been a member of a number of worship teams, as well as playing on and co-writing songs for over thirty albums.
Clay Edwards, for many years a worship leader in the NightWatch, comes from Sundown, Texas. A football player on the Hardin Simmons University team, Clay moved to Kansas City in February of 2002, and joined his sister Sommer on the NightWatch where he has served ever since. “I write songs because it instructs my heart and the hearts of others in the knowledge of who Jesus is,” shares Clay, “leading to encounter with His goodness, mercy, and wisdom in our lives.”
David Brymer is the director of worship and the arts at Pasadena International House of Prayer in California, where he resides. David grew up under Mike Bickle’s leadership and served at the International House of Prayer from 2004–2007. He is an artist and psalmist who loves to minister to Jesus. Through his music and worship leading, David desires to bring healing to the brokenhearted and to bring people into their true identity as the beloved of the Lord.
Davy Flowers, a native of Houston, Texas, served in international missions in Swaziland and South Africa and in a house of prayer in Dallas before coming to the house of prayer in Kansas City. In 2008, she moved to Kansas City and joined the NightWatch, the midnight to 6:00am portion of the 24-hour worship and prayer schedule. Through her music, Davy’s desire is to cause the hearts of people to adore and honor Christ.
A native of the Detroit suburb of Southfield and sister of fellow NightWatch leader Sarah Edwards, Elizabeth worked full-time at a camp for inner city children in Detroit as a worship leader and camp counselor before moving to Kansas City to join the International House of Prayer. After two years at IHOPU’s Forerunner Music Academy, she joined the NightWatch in 2009. “I love the long hours I get to spend ministering to God at a time when so many have no regard for Him,” she says.
Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Emily has spent nine years at the International House of Prayer, mostly on the NightWatch. When Emily heard about the Fire in the Night internship, she jumped at the opportunity, because she had already been spending time on her own praying at night. “After the internship was over it was clear to me that this is what I wanted to do long-term.” She has appeared on both of Clay Edwards’ albums and on a project by Jonathan Baldwin. Emily and her husband, Carl, recently welcomed their first child, Bella.
Jaye Thomas is a dynamic singer and songwriter, and an engaging worship leader. Through his leadership in worship, Jaye follows in the footsteps of a long line of ministers in his family. His music is featured on a number of Forerunner Music releases, including Joy and several onething LIVE albums.
Jon Thurlow came to the International House of Prayer in 2004 after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in sacred music from Nyack College. As a worship leader, Jon’s desire is to use music to help people grow in love for Jesus. Having a passion to see a younger generation find creativity and inspiration in the arts through the Word of God and the place of prayer, he also serves as an instructor in worship and music at International House of Prayer University, which brings in students from around the globe.
Justin is a self-described “homeschooled pastor’s kid” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who moved to Kansas City with his family and started participating in the prayer room in 2001 at the age of eleven. “There’s nothing more fulfilling than doing what we were made to do—to behold and bless the Lord,” says Justin. His song, “Deliverer, You’ve Come,” was sung by Jill Marsh on a Forerunner Music compilation, Majestic.
Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Leah has been a part of the International House of Prayer since 24/7 prayer began in September 1999, serving as a prophetic singer on the NightWatch for the last twelve years. Her sister, Sada Rogers, is also a worship leader with the NightWatch. “The words of the Bible—alive, active, and powerful—provoke me,” says Leah of her commitment to the Lord in the NightWatch. “Singing the Word and writing songs based on Scripture sear truth into my heart and my mind, and that is what inspires me.”
Born and raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Sada moved to Kansas City at the age of eighteen in September 1999, just as the International House of Prayer extended to the 24/7 schedule of worship and prayer. She has led worship and participated on worship teams full-time since then, mostly serving on the NightWatch. “The Lord’s desire for a house that ministers to Him day and night was a large part of why I chose to serve on the nights,” she says, “That, and a love for seeing the worth of Jesus exalted in an hour when darkness seems to reign.”
From Southfield, Michigan, Sarah Edwards was an integral part of the NightWatch team at the International House of Prayer from January of 2003 until spring 2012. She loved being part of the team of people who minister to the Lord in the night hours, but needed to change to a day schedule in this season of her life. Sarah’s song “Dark but Lovely” on the Forerunner Music album Constant has become a prayer room standard.
Zachary Simms began his time at the International House of Prayer in 2008 when he joined IHOPU’s Forerunner Music Academy (FMA). He was drawn to the ministry for its emphasis on the supremacy of Jesus and the opportunity to express this through 24/7 worship and prayer. As a worship leader, his desire is to reach for greater breadth in musical style, pushing the bounds of the conventional sound. “I do music to encounter the Lord and to express His heart in ways that words alone often can’t communicate,” Zachary says. His song “Eyes to See” was formed when, for an FMA school assignment, he was asked to write a song-meditation on Psalm 27. It quickly become a favorite amongst IHOPU students. As a 2012 FMA graduate he is a full-time worship leader at the house of prayer. He has also released his own EP, entitled Be Strong, Take Courage.