Contemporary Worship Leader
Josh Price, who leads worship at The Loft, was headed towards a life as a pharmacist when the Lord convinced him there was something else in store for the Sarasota, Florida native.
He had been thrust into leading worship in his late teens by one of his mentors, a musician named Steve McCoy who wouldn’t take “no” for an answer. Steve had told Josh he felt the Lord saying Josh would be involved in full-time music ministry, but for the longest time, it just didn’t make sense to the young punk-rocker. During his freshman year of college, though, Josh finally felt the Lord affirming Steve’s word.
“I remember calling my now wife (Deanna) — we were best friends — and saying to her, ‘I have a clear calling from the Lord. I’m going to go into full-time ministry,’” Josh says. “Deanna will tell you that was the moment she knew we were going to get married. It was really cool.”
A few years later, while working in Houston for the first time, Josh felt the Lord again leading him a different direction, one he was hesitant to pursue.
“We (he and Deanna) both kind of had an inkling that we would just travel out of a car and share the Gospel anywhere we could,” he says. “I always had a heart for playing in wine bars and coffee shops and music venues.”
When his brother, Scooter, passed away in a car accident leaving town from their wedding, it prompted Josh and Deanna to reexamine the direction they were headed.
“It was kind of a kick in our butt to just pursue the Lord 110%,” he says. “When Scooter passed away, it was kind of a wakeup call to ‘Let’s just go. I don’t know what’s holding us back now.’ We loved where we were on staff, but when you’re operating outside of God’s will for your life, it doesn’t feel too good. I think the Lord nudges, and sometimes the nudge gets a little harder.”
The duo traveled around the country playing wherever possible. Along the way, Josh recorded the albums Motion Sick, Infinite, and Nothing Without You while also working as an artist-in-residence at The Bridge, a church plant in Sarasota.
When The Loft first approached Josh about coming back to the Houston area, he was initially resistant. He loved leading at The Bridge and living in his hometown. Eventually, though, pieces started falling into place that began to get him excited about what was happening in The Woodlands. After conversations with Bob Swan and the hiring of Mark Swayze to play in The Harvest, Josh decided to take the church up on its offer of leading one weekend.
“I was pretty much sold that weekend,” he says, though he was worried about what Deanna would feel, given her love for Florida. She was also won over though, saying, “This is going to be a great place.”
Josh says the transition was tough given their affection for The Bridge.
“Typically I feel like when you leave a job, it’s usually not for good reasons, but we loved where we were,” he says. “So it was the weirdest feeling, like, ‘We’re going to leave a place we love to go to a place that we hope we love.’ And now two years later, we do.”