About The Group
The unmistakable sound of Veritas brings a fresh approach to the contemporary classical genre. Their style is fashioned from a fusion of artistic excellence, creative pursuit, and a performance that promises to inspire an audience of any distinction. Under the direction of Roger Breland, Veritas was formed under the name, Shofar. Most recently, Shofar joined the Truth 40th Anniversary Tour as the male vocal line. The group has performed on stages around the world, including a performance for the former President of the United States, George W. Bush. In the Fall of 2012, Jeff Anderson, James Berrian, Andrew Goodwin, Jordan Johnson, and Lucas Scott Lawrence began a concert tour of their own as Veritas. Each member contributes an array of training, accomplishments, and credentials, in both classical and pop music, which yields an exceptional artistic experience. This experience is the powerful sound of five male vocals, singing both new and old songs, delivering the sound of love, hope, and excellence.
Jordan grew up in Palm Beach, Florida, surrounded by music. From an early age, the desire of his heart was simply to sing, and that was exactly what God has allowed him to do. Leading worship in various churches in the South gave Jordan the assurance that this was the direction he was to pursue. After a year at Liberty University, Jordan moved to New York to study musical theatre at Circle in the Square, allowing him to perform at the prestigious Gershwin Theatre. He would go on to audition for musicals and receive an offer for a role in current Broadway play Rock of Ages. But Jordan knew that theatre wasn’t where God had called him to be. The University of Mobile was the next step in his journey, studying Worship Ministry and performing with premier vocal groups, Voices of Mobile and Shofar. Upon graduation, one of Jordan’s dreams was fulfilled when he was privileged to sing tenor on the “Truth 40th Anniversary Tour”. Jordan is currently living in Atlanta with his wife Crystal and their two dogs, Marty and Daphne. “I am honored to be sharing the platform with my friends, who just happen to be some of the most talented young men in Christian music today.”
For a small-town Baritone, it is “a thrill and an honor to be a part of Veritas.” James Berrian, originally from Phil Campbell, Alabama, has been living in Mobile, Alabama for seven years. James moved to Mobile to pursue his undergraduate studies at the University of Mobile. He graduated in 2009 with a B.S. in Music Education. While at the university, James performed with the Voices of Mobile, Shofar (later to become Veritas), the award-winning barbershop quartet – Ramtonz, The University Singers, A Cappella Choir, and Opera Workshop. Stage credits include: ’Figaro’ in Rossini’s Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, ‘Gianni Schicchi’ in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, ‘Melchior’ in Menotti’s Amahl and The Night Visitors, and ‘God’ in Nelson and Farrell’s Saviour: A Modern Oratorio. Although his roots are grounded in rural Alabama, James is no stranger to seeing and performing in some of the most influential cities in the world. Jerusalem, Berlin, Paris, and Washington D.C. are some of the places in which James has been privileged to share his talents. Before joining Veritas, James served for three years as the minister of music at First Baptist Church of Satsuma. Besides singing, James enjoys reading, watching movies, and traveling (especially to Disney World).
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Jeff Anderson has become a widely recognized name in churches across the Unites States. Jeff began his ministry with the vocal group, Wings of Morning, before moving on to forming his own ministry, alongside his wife, Kristen. For 13 years, he ministered through concerts, studio sessions, conferences, camps, workshops, overseas partnerships, and as a featured vocalist for The Billy Graham Association, Nelson and Farrell’s Saviour, Miller’s Emmanuel, the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL. A former Worship and Creative Arts Pastor, Jeff has a love for ministry that matches his love for music. Most recently, he traveled with Roger Breland and the Truth 40th Anniversary Tour, fulfilling a lifetime dream. Currently, Jeff resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his wife Kristen, and their two wonderful children, Karissa, and Kaegan. When Jeff is not on the road with Veritas, he is either supporting his Washington Huskies, or his Seattle Seahawks.
Originally from Boca Raton, Florida, Andrew Goodwin, has been performing on the stage since he was young. His love for performing grew even fonder after traveling with, The Continental Singers, at the age of 15 traveling to all lower 48 states, Switzerland and Germany. In 2010, Andrew graduated with a B.M. in Church Music from the University of Mobile and is currently finishing a M. A. in Religious & Worship Studies from Liberty University. While attending the University of Mobile, he performed over 150 concerts per year across the country and abroad with the following groups: Voices of Mobile, Ramtonz (a barbershop quartet), Shofar, the University Singers, Worship Choir, A Capella Choir, Opera Workshop, and the Upper Room Theater. His travels included performances in Carnegie Hall in NYC, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the White House in Washington D.C., and tours in Alaska, Hawaii, and the Middle East. Stage credits include: Mr. Macafee in Bye Bye Birdie, Snoopy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Pinellino in Gianni Schicchi, Cord Elam in Oklahoma! and Enjoras in Les Miserables. In 2011-2012, Andrew was able to fulfill one of his dreams and sing tenor with Roger Breland and the TRUTH 40th Anniversary Tour. Andrew is currently living in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, Jenna, “who is far better looking than I am.” When not on the road with Veritas, Andrew works as adjunct faculty at the University of Mobile directing the Voices of Mobile, University Singers, and also teaching Commercial Voice. His other interests include golfing, fishing, the beach, Disney World and his cat, Maximus Decimus.
Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Lucas Scott Lawrence grew up in a family of missionaries, artists, and musicians. Scott graduated from the University of Mobile with a B.M. in Vocal Performance and a B.S. in Theology. During his time at the university, Scott performed with many groups, including the vocal group – Voices of Mobile, the award-winning barbershop quartet – RamTonz, Shofar (later to become Veritas), the University Singers, A Capella Choir, Opera Workshop, and The Upper Room Theatre. Stage credits include: ‘Balthazar’ in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, ‘Simone’ in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, ‘Don Basilio’ in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, ‘The Mikado” in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, and ‘Jud Fry’ in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!. For Scott, the arts are “an unlimited avenue of worship. They give us a chance to reflect the creativity of our creator and express who He is in ways that all people can appreciate.” Scott currently lives in Mobile, Alabama with his wife, Ellie, also a singer and violinist. When not traveling with Veritas, Scott runs his own Graphic Art & Design Consultation company. Other interests and hobbies include expanding his collection of coffee brewing equipment, drawing, mixed media art, calligraphy, and browsing wikipedia.