Zach Light-Wells is a musician based out of Dallas, Texas.

Raised in the Carolinas, Zach brings musical experience from the Appalachian mountains and the urban south, blending modern folk music with traditional hymns and familiar melodies. In recent years, Zach has led music in a variety of worship settings, from small community churches to national gatherings. Zach has provided music and planning leadership for a variety of conferences, including Montreat Youth Conference, Next Conference, and Montreat College Conference.

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Top: leading worship in Montreat’s Anderson Auditorium, Bottom: directing the MYC 2018 Youth Conference Choir

In August of 2016, Zach was called to Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, as an Associate Director of Music. In 2018, Zach’s title changed to Associate Director for Emergent Worship and Youth Ministry, in order to reflect the growing emphasis on folk and alternative musical styles at Preston Hollow. On Sunday nights, Zach directs a band of instrumentalists and vocalists during the Worship at 5 service at Preston Hollow. On Sunday mornings, he directs the Youth Band, the Westminster Singers Youth Choir, and occasionally conducts the sanctuary choir. Read Zach’s theology of music here.


In between Sundays, Zach has performed music in a variety of Dallas choral ensembles, including Orpheus Chamber Singers, the Verdigris choral ensemble, and the Southern Methodist University Chamber Singers.

Additionally, Zach has worked with numerous singer-songwriters, including long-time friend Sam Burchfield. On the road, Zach has shared the stage with various national touring acts, such as St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Ben Rector, and Noah Guthrie. In the studio, Zach has served in numerous roles, including producer, arranger, instrumentalist, and vocalist.

Zach earned his Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.) from the Perkins School of Theology and Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and holds a B.A. in Music from Presbyterian College.

Worship at 5 Piano

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