Desperation Band Biography
All three are associate worship pastors at the church, serving under worship pastor Ross Parsley Anderson leads worship for the Sunday night service, Egan for _tag (the high school group), and Packiam for theMILL (the college group). In addition to their various responsibilities during the week, they all come together to lead with worship pastor Ross Parsley on Sunday mornings, reflecting the team concept of NewLifeWorship The band has been featured on the main stage at Creation East and Kingdom Bound, and has led worship in the Worship Tent at both Creation East and KingdomBound They have also been featured on Teen Mania's Acquire the Fire tour dates in stadiums around the country. Their albums, recorded live at New Life Church, appear on Integrity’s Vertical Music label and feature "high-energy, passionate new worship songs that convey the hunger of their generation for God."
Desperation Band was first formed in 2001, when New Life Church pastor David Perkins suggested the three worship leaders/songwriters play together at the first Desperation Conference. Held annually in July, Desperation Conferences draw thousands of college and high school students who are desperate for a deeper walk with God.
Each of the three Desperation Band leaders have had many creative endeavors separately. Jon Egan wrote the song "I Am Free", later covered by the Newsboys. The band has been playing "I Am Free" for several years, although the Newsboys version only recently became an international hit single In 2006, Jared Anderson has released two solo worship projects with Integrity Music titled Where to Begin and Where Faith Comes From. Known for his theologically deep messages, Glenn Packiam reveals "How Your Life Can Make A World of Difference" in his first book Butterfly in Brazil (2007, Tyndale House).