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

Raised in the Carolinas, Zach Light-Wells merges the sounds of his Appalachian mountain roots with the sound of sanctuaries, concert halls, and the urban South. Zach’s varied background and experiences allow for a unique blend of traditional hymns, familiar melodies, and modern folk music—an emerging trend in reformed worship traditions. In recent years, Zach has led music in a variety of worship settings, from small community churches to national church gatherings, reflecting the growing need for expansive and accessible music in the greater church.

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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 Associate Director of Music. In 2018, Zach’s title changed to Associate Director for Emergent Worship and Youth Ministry, reflecting the developing 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 Westminster Singers Youth Choir, the youth band, and occasionally conducts the sanctuary choir. Read Zach’s theology of music here.

Outside of Preston Hollow, Zach has provided music and planning leadership for a variety of conferences, including the Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) Annual Event,  Montreat Youth Conferences, Next Conference, and Montreat College Conference.


In Dallas, Zach has performed music in a variety of professional 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 several 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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