It’s easy to enumerate a person’s gifts and the work he has performed. The list here is long because John Lewis’ gifts are numerous. He is comfortable using many styles of music in ministry and introduced new things while retaining the old. He is able to combine the classics with the contemporary and bring an understanding to people that God was not limited in the way we express our worship to Him. Because of his training and his love for all kinds of music, he is not tied to any one style. He understands how instruments could enhance worship. He is able to lead orchestras and bands and utilize them in the services, as well as the professional use of accompaniment tracks.
He is a gifted pianist and leads singing from the bench when necessary but usually drew on the gifts of others who surrounded him in ministry. He is a wonderful vocal soloist, but never showcased his gifts, often standing where he could barely be seen behind the piano. A number of things make John Lewis unique as a Minister of Music. One is his desire to reach beyond the walls of the church to draw in other churches to unite in worship. He deliberately seeks to make friends with other directors in the city and shows appreciation for the work of others in the Kingdom. He invites the musicians and singers he’s working with to walk with him and learn to give themselves for the blessing of others even outside the church.