John Froud


John Froud is an accomplished singer/songwriter, speaker and performer, and former teacher, with many years experience to his name. The founder and director of the Zephaniah Trust, he has recorded twelve studio albums and performs concert sets to adults as well as praise party material to children. To find his CDs and information on gigs, visit his personal website at


John is a much-loved visitor to schools across Bradford and beyond, taking regular assemblies to reach more than 10,000 children a year. Using a mixture of silly and more serious songs (often with actions), John blends down-to-earth realism with humour and a strong sense of fun to communicate his message.
He provides RE lessons and poetry workshops, as well as coordinating Zephaniah arts days, where our staff and associates provide workshops/lessons across the curriculum. John curates and coordinates our Bible Times Exhibition, a mobile RE resource that travels across the Bradford district.

“For many in the school, John’s lively delivery of the message of love and forgiveness really does touch them in a way that more formal acts of worship sometimes fail to do. Our school would certainly be a darker place without his contribution.”
Elaine Schack, former deputy head, Clayton CE Primary School



John is an experienced speaker, preacher and worship leader and is happy to visit churches and community groups to share his expertise and talk about our work. He regularly speaks and leads worship at his home church, Shipley Baptist, and has made many visits to men’s groups, Mother’s Unions, youth groups, special events and more.


John performs concerts for grown-ups and records studio albums under the heading of Zephaniah Music – to visit his own website, where you can see details of his albums and concerts and listen to audio clips, go to or follow his Facebook page.

“It’s always lovely to see John back. It’s that nice comfy feeling you get when you see an old friend – whenever he comes, you know everything is going to be all right. It’s like the warm cup of hot chocolate and a hot blanket on a cold night.”
Teacher, St Oswald’s Primary School