John van de Laar

by Melissa Taft
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John van de Laar is a writer, musician, theologian, liturgist, and trainer. Through his website ( John has been helping progressive communities around the world to design moments of worship with deep theological roots and inspiring experiential wings.

Along the way John has written three books including The Hour That Changes Everything and has produced three albums of worship music.

John lives outside of Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife Debbie, and they have two adult sons.

If you find John’s writing meaningful, then feel free to sign up for Sacredise Your Life, John’s Substack ( channel, where he posts weekly articles about making sense of Jesus, the Bible, worship, and Life.

Also, be sure to check out John’s latest guide for Advent and Christmas, The Making of a Messiah—What six hidden women can teach us about Jesus (