The Porter's Gate is a sacred ecumenical arts collective reimagining and recreating worship that welcomes, reflects and impacts both the community and the church.

The Porter's Gate was founded in 2017 by Isaac and Megan Wardell, with a mission to be a "porter" for the Christian Church - one who looks for guests to welcome. Isaac also works as Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. It started as a group of 50-plus songwriters, musicians, scholars, pastors and music industry professionals from a variety of worship traditions and cultural backgrounds gathered for meaningful conversation about worship and vocation. The result was the release of Work Songs.


In January of this 2019, the collective gathered again over three days for a series of discussions about the challenges of worshipping across lines of difference. This group consisted of Christians from all theological backgrounds, denominations, worship traditions, as well as cultural and racial difference. As they discussed challenges, they composed new worship songs and hymns with the hope of providing the church with more songs that specifically celebrate God's call to love our neighbors as ourselves.


"We were so pleased to have so many songwriters who spoke different languages and came from such different worship traditions all sitting around tables and learning from one another and writing new worship music together," shares Isaac Wardell. "We hope that the result is something that will be really useful to churches looking to welcome in neighbors of all backgrounds."​


Artists of The Porter's Gate such as Audrey Assad, Casey J, Diana Gameros, Josh Garrels, Latifah Alattas, Lauren Goans, Leslie Jordan, Paul Zach, Urban Doxology and Zach Bolen gathered to record the new album, Neighbor Songs. The upcoming project features stripped down song arrangements that range in style from Gospel, to Contemporary Christian, to Neo-classical to Mexican Ranchero. In the current times of political and civic strife and polarization, it is the hope of The Porter's Gate that these new songs will help churches continue to grow in worship practices that unite worshipers around the good news of the gospel - that God is truly redeeming all things.

Daughters of Zion Daughters of Zion - The Porter's Gate

Wood and Nails Wood and Nails - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad - Josh Garrels

Establish the Work of Our Hands Establish the Work of Our Hands - The Porter's Gate - Aaron Keyes

He Is Among Us He Is Among Us - The Porter's Gate

Let Us Be Known Let Us Be Known - The Porter's Gate

The Greatest Commandment The Greatest Commandment - The Porter's Gate

Nothing To Fear Nothing To Fear - Audrey Assad - The Porter's Gate

Love Will Never Fail Love Will Never Fail - The Porter's Gate

The Earth Shall Know The Earth Shall Know - The Porter's Gate - Casey J

In a Land By Death O'ershadowed In a Land By Death O'ershadowed - The Porter's Gate

Christ Has No Body Now But Yours Christ Has No Body Now But Yours - The Porter's Gate - Josh Garrels

Little Things With Great Love Little Things With Great Love - The Porter's Gate

We Labor Unto Glory We Labor Unto Glory - The Porter's Gate - Josh Garrels

Take it Easy Take it Easy - The Porter's Gate

Have Mercy On Me Have Mercy On Me - The Porter's Gate

Every Mother Every Father Every Mother Every Father - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad

Hallelujah Sing Hallelujah Sing - The Porter's Gate - Audrey Assad

Blessed Are Merciful Blessed Are Merciful - The Porter's Gate

Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37) Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37) - The Porter's Gate

He is Among Us (The Least of These) He is Among Us (The Least of These) - The Porter's Gate

Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37) Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37) - The Porter's Gate

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Albums & Songs

  • Happy from the Inside Out (Psalm 16) [feat. Emoni Wilkins]
  • New Every Morning
  • Spirit Move! (Keep on Moving) [feat. Page CXVI]
  • GUARDIAN (Psalm 121) [feat. Page CXVI & Leslie Jordan]
  • Come to Me (Matthew 11:28-30) [feat. Paul Zach]
  • The Ballad of the Two Sons (Luke 15)
  • Psalm 5 (feat. Davy)
  • Forever (Psalm 27)
  • Your Love is My Song (feat. Page CXVI & Tina Colón Williams)
  • The Word Became Flesh and Blood (John 1) [feat. Candace Coker]
  • Christ is Lower Still
  • Come, All Who Are Weary Come (feat. Lauren Plank Goans)
  • You Are My Sanctuary (feat. Molly Parden)
  • Take it Easy
  • Centering Prayer (feat. Andrew Peterson & Leslie Jordan)
  • Good to Me (feat. Ike Ndolo)
  • Sing Over Me (feat. Molly Parden)
  • Always With Me (feat. DOE & IAMSON)
  • It Will Be Good (feat. Lauren Plank Goans)
  • Remember Me (feat. Page CXVI)
  • By My Side
  • If the Morning Never Comes (feat. Page CXVI)
  • Slow Me Down (feat. Jon Guerra & Sandra McCracken)
  • The Breastplate of Saint Patrick
  • You Hold it All (feat. Leslie Jordan & Jon Guerra)
  • Open Hands (feat. Paul Zach, Taylor Leonhardt & Jessica Fox)
  • Bring It to the Altar (feat. Taylor Leonhardt & Paul Zach)
  • Do With It What You Will (feat. Jon Guerra & Valerie Guerra)
  • You Know the Way (feat. Emoni Wilkins, Paul Zach & Jon Guerra)
  • May the Peace (feat. Josh Garrels)
  • You Care For Me (feat. Jon Guerra & Valerie Guerra)
  • Not a Stranger (feat. Sandra McCracken)
  • Bless the Lord (Bringing In the Harvest) [feat. Paul Zach & Jon Guerra]
  • Your Work Is Happening Here (feat. Leslie Jordan)
  • Worker Blessing (feat. Paul Zach)
  • God of Grace and Mystery (feat. Audrey Assad)
  • Where Were You? (feat. Nicholas Chambers & Page CXVI)
  • Lord, Have Mercy (feat. Jonathan Ogden & Page CXVI)
  • Declaring Glory (The Earth Sings its Refrain) [feat. Audrey Assad & Page CXVI]
  • Hosanna! (Will You Rise?) [feat. Matt Maher & Terrian]
  • The Kingdom Is Coming (feat. Josh Garrels & Terrian)
  • Bring in the Year of Jubilee (Psalm 37) [feat. Taylor Leonhardt & Jessica Fox]
  • Good Lord, Deliver Us (feat. Paul Zach & Terrian)
  • Water to Wine (feat. Page CXVI)
  • Brother Sun (Giving Glory!)
  • Keep Watch and Pray
  • Satisfied (feat. Page CXVI & Paul Zach)
  • The Promise
  • All Creatures Lament (feat. Fernando Ortega & Molly Parden)
  • Benedictus
  • Mary's Lullaby (Black Haired Boy)
  • He Comes
  • Make a Way
  • Isaiah (O Come)
  • In a Land By Death O'ershadowed
  • Simeons's Song
  • Advent Song
  • The Reign of Mercy
  • Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
  • Wake Up, Jesus (feat. Liz Vice)
  • O Sacred Neck, Now Wounded (feat. Jon Guerra & Matt Maher)
  • Drive Out the Darkness (feat. Latifah Alattas & Paul Zach)
  • How Long? (feat. Latifah Alattas)
  • In Times of Trouble (feat. Taylor Leonhardt & Paul Zach)
  • O Jerusalem (feat. Greg Thompson)
  • Precious Woman (A Lament) [feat. IAMSON]
  • His Kingdom Now Is Come (Behold! Behold!)
  • We Believe In the Name (feat. Liz Vice)
  • We Will Make No Peace With Oppression
  • Illuminate the Shadows (feat. Paul Zach & Latifah Alattas)
  • Justicia (feat. Tina Colon Williams)
  • Instrument of Peace
  • The Zaccheaus Song (feat. Sandra McCracken & Paul Zach)
  • All of Your Ways Are Peace (feat. Jessica Fox)
  • Blessed Are the Merciful
  • Nothing to Fear (feat. Audrey Assad)
  • The Earth Shall Know (feat. Urban Doxology, Casey J & Leslie Jordan)
  • Love Will Never Fail (I Corinthians 13) [feat. Leslie Jordan]
  • Let Us Be Known (feat. Diana Gameros)
  • The Greatest Commandment (feat. Paul Zach)
  • Daughters of Zion (feat. Casey J & Josh Garrels)
  • Hallelujah Sing (feat. Latifah Alattas & Audrey Assad)
  • Jesus, Bread of Life (feat. Diana Gameros)
  • He is Among Us (The Least of These) [feat. Zach Bolen]
  • Teach Us Your Ways (feat. Leslie Jordan)
  • Daughters of Zion (feat. Paul Zach & Lauren Goans)
  • En Comunidad (feat. Diana Gameros)
  • The Earth Shall Know (feat. Urban Doxology, Casey J & Leslie Jordan)
  • Little Things With Great Love (feat. Madison Cunningham)
  • Have Mercy on Me (feat. David Gungor)
  • Wood and Nails (feat. Audrey Assad & Josh Garrels)
  • Establish the Work of Our Hands (feat. Aaron Keys & Urban Doxology)
  • Christ Has No Body Now But Yours (feat. Josh Garrels)
  • Day by Day (feat. Joy Ike)
  • God the Maker (feat. Latifah Alattas & Liz Vice)
  • In the Fields of the Lord (feat. Audrey Assad & Paul Zach)
  • Every Mother Every Father (feat. Audrey Assad)
  • We Abide We Abide in You (feat. Paul Zach)
  • Father Let Your Kingdom Come (feat. Urban Doxology & Friends)
  • We Labor Unto Glory (feat. Liz Vice)
  • Your Labor Is Not in Vain (feat. Paul Zach)