Contemporary Worship Band
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Sixteen Cities began as a student ministry in a public high school in Portland, Oregon. As freshmen, band founders Josiah Warneking and Josh Miller felt called to reach their friends and peers for Christ. Knowing the power of music to speak to student’s hearts, they started a worship and prayer ministry that met before school every week. God moved in such a powerful way that hundreds of students began to come and worship Jesus, and a fire for serving the Lord through music began to form in the band. After graduating from high school in 2004, the band decided to go into full time ministry and began traveling around the country as Sixteen Cities.
Over the next few years, Sixteen Cities began to record and release original music while touring the Northwest. In 2008, the band signed a record contract with Centricity Music in Nashville and began touring nationwide. Sixteen Cities’ debut album with the label showcased a new sound and direction for the band, including several songs that reached the Top 20 in Christian music. Sixteen Cities released two more albums with Centricity before deciding to focus exclusively on worship music. “Our heart was never to be performers, but to point our generation to Jesus through authentic and passionate worship,” says lead singer Josiah Warneking. “We all felt God calling us to take a step of faith and move to a church in Texas and lead worship on a weekly basis.” In 2012, Sixteen Cities relocated to Dallas, Texas where they became the contemporary worship band for The Heights Baptist in Richardson, TX. In 2015, the band released their most recent worship album, entitled The Depth of Your Love.
Sixteen Cities has continued to follow God’s call on their lives, with new members joining over the last few years. The band now represents multiple churches throughout the Dallas area, including The Heights, First Baptist Richardson, and Gateway Church. Although heavily committed to their local churches, the members of Sixteen Cities come together as a band to bring their passionate and unique expression of music to people all over the world.
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"What a refreshing joy it was for us to have Sixteen Cities lead worship for our Youth Ministry Lab Conference! They led worship in a Christ-exalting manner and worked great with our team."
Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary
“These guys are the REAL DEAL! It is so refreshing to see genuine, humble guys that live what they sing.”
Student Discipleship Ministries, See You At The Pole
“We’ve been so blessed by Josiah and the guys of Sixteen Cities. We’ve had the chance to see them in a number of settings and they never disappoint. They truly are gifted musicians and awesome men of God.”
Luis Palau Association
“As the leader of a Christian school, I am always looking for ways to further encourage our students as they follow Christ. We brought Sixteen Cities to campus for a couple of days and they did an incredible job of leading our students in worship, engaging them on campus and challenging them to passionately pursue Jesus Christ. Josiah and Josh were especially impactful as they shared powerful messages of God’s love and grace. Our students and faculty came away encouraged and strengthened! Our students want to know when Sixteen Cities is coming back!!”
Head of School, Texoma Christian School
“Sixteen Cities is a band that I have worked with both as a youth pastor bringing them in and as a camp speaker getting to hang out with them. These guys are the real deal. Their story is a testament of what the Lord has done and is doing in each of their lives and the glory of God is so evident in their worship. When you bring them in for an event, they are there to serve you and not the other way around. The quality of their sound and the quality of their worship make them the best band you can have for your event. I recommend them everywhere I go.”
Student Pastor, Geyer Springs FBC
“Sixteen Cities has led our contemporary service for over three years. I love that the guys are worshipers. They get that worship is about Jesus, not about them! The other thing I most love about them is that they love people and do the hard work of ministry. If you bring them in to lead worship, they will invest their lives and Christ’s love there.”
Executive Pastor, The Heights Baptist Church