Bucks County Herald

Former rocker set to lead Lenape Valley’s contemporary worship

Lenape Valley Church has hired former Octane band member Brian Bortnick to lead a new Contemporary Worship service starting Oct. 7.

The rock musician turned worship leader attended the High School for Creative and Performing Arts and graduated with a dual major in fine arts and music.

He then attended West Chester University for one year as a fine arts major before receiving his bachelor’s degree in music from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

In 2000, he formed the band Octane. The band sold more than 50,000 albums and was featured on multiple TV shows, radio playlists and video game soundtracks.

The band performed alongside numerous national touring artists, such as Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Breaking Benjamin, Slash (of Guns N’ Roses), Gene Simmons and more.

Bortnick also spent a year as the touring guitar player for former American Idol finalist Chris Sligh.

In 2007, he said, “I felt God drawing me closer to himself and into his service. I have been serving in worship ministry ever since.”


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