R. Loren Sandford

R. Loren Sandford grew up a preacher’s son in the Congregational Church in Illinois, Kansas, and north Idaho. As a teenager, he played rock music professionally over three states and two provinces of Canada before leaving to attend the College of Idaho. In 1973, he completed a B.A. degree in music education, then moved to California and attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1976.

Since then, Loren has served four churches full time, successfully planting two of them himself, including New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado, where he remains the senior pastor. In 1979 and 1980, he co-directed Elijah House, an international ministry in Christian counseling and counselor training. Initially ordained in a mainline denomination, where he served on the national board for a charismatic... Read More

R. Loren Sandford grew up a preacher’s son in the Congregational Church in Illinois, Kansas, and north Idaho. As a teenager, he played rock music professionally over three states and two provinces of Canada before leaving to attend the College of Idaho. In 1973, he completed a B.A. degree in music education, then moved to California and attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1976.

Since then, Loren has served four churches full time, successfully planting two of them himself, including New Song Church and Ministries in Denver, Colorado, where he remains the senior pastor. In 1979 and 1980, he co-directed Elijah House, an international ministry in Christian counseling and counselor training. Initially ordained in a mainline denomination, where he served on the national board for a charismatic renewal group, he has since served in the Vineyard (1988–92). Until 2013, he was affiliated with Partners in Harvest, a new association of churches associated with the Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, now known as Catch the Fire Toronto, and the renewal centered there. He served for fourteen years as a member of the International Input Council for Partners in Harvest and oversaw the central western region for that family of churches.

Loren travels internationally, teaching and speaking for conferences in renewal churches and overseeing and advising ministries in various capacities. He serves as a prophetic advisor and board vice chairman for Elijah Rain Ministries.

In 1991, he was the worship leader for the first Promise Keepers mass men’s meeting at the CU Event Center in Boulder, Colorado. He has released seventeen albums of original music, most of it for worship. Loren has authored several books, including Understanding Prophetic People: Blessings and Problems with the Prophetic Gift; Purifying the Prophetic: Breaking Free from the Spirit of Self-Fulfillment; Visions of the Coming Days: What to Look for and How to Prepare; and The Micaiah Company: A Prophetic Reformation, coauthored with Jeremiah Johnson.

Loren and his wife, Beth, have three grown children and several grandchildren. Loren is also a member of the Osage Nation, a Native American tribe centered in Oklahoma.

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