About

Photo by Dana DeSerio  @danacheerio 

Photo by Dana DeSerio  @danacheerio 

Brandon Lautzenheiser grew up in Minerva, Ohio, attending a spirit filled church that his uncle pastored.  He has always had a love for music.  When he was little, he would stick his head out of the car window and sing worship songs at the top of his lungs, innocently thinking the wind would carry the sound of his voice with it.  If asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he would always tell people he wanted to be a Christian worship leader.  Brandon attended the University of Akron for musical training, graduating with a degree in voice.  Shortly after finishing school, Brandon was leading worship for a conference at a small house of prayer.  The guest speaker was from IHOP-KC.  “I saw Jesus in his eyes.  I wanted whatever he had.”  So Brandon moved to IHOP-KC for the One Thing Internship.  “I always wanted to be a Christian worship leader, but when I came to IHOP, I realized that meant something different than playing in a band like Third Day or DC Talk.  I was made to sing in the house of the Lord.”

During his first two years at IHOPKC, Brandon realized that he was called to be “a priest before the Lord.  I am called to minister to the Lord and lead others in ministering to His heart.”  After being a prophetic singer in the Prayer Room for four years, Brandon joined the NightWatch, the intercessors who worship the Lord in the Prayer Room from midnight to 6am.  For the past two years he has led worship in the middle of the night, following the mandate in Psalm 134:1 to “Behold, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord!”

My beautiful wife Sarah and our 2 boys Judah & peter!

My beautiful wife Sarah and our 2 boys Judah & peter!

Most of Brandon’s ideas and inspiration for writing songs come while he is leading worship in the Prayer Room.  “I want to write music that moves my heart to love Jesus more.”  Brandon sees combining worship and intercession as a powerful way to encounter God’s heart.  One of his favorite things to pray is that he would be “someone who learns to love to lean upon Jesus.”