Staff & Faculty BIO

Brian Doerksen

Adjunct Instructor

Background & Present Ministry

Brian has been immersed in the world of songwriting, recording, leading worship and pastoring since he was in his teens, and he is very grateful that he gets to do what he loves as his life’s work and calling. He also has a passion for teaching and encouraging the next generation to write and sing their unique song.
The beautiful and broken world in which we live is in constant need of fresh expressions of the ancient truths woven throughout scripture. To this end, Brian wants to mentor musicians, songwriters, worship leaders and recording artists in the life of creativity and emotionally healthy spirituality.


When Brian is not at Prairie, he is working with his band, The SHIYR Poets, as they write, record and perform new inspirational folk-rock settings of the world’s most loved and ancient songbook, The Psalms, or spending time with his family in Abbotsford, B.C. Beyond collecting and listening to all types of music and reading great books, Brian enjoys growing roses and going on dates with Joyce, his amazing wife of over 30 years.