The Diamond J-Drive is pretty nice as well.
I really appreciate your insightful comments. Thanks.
I have similar problems. In the past I was in a metal band. My style really likes saturated overdrive. This does not go over well in worship. I settled on a Bethel sort of sound. Sort of a fender twin with a tube screamer or overdrive, but not too much and some delay and reverb to give it a bigger sound. Very simple. Keep your mids you need them with lower gain tones. I don't know what modeler you have but I would be happy to send you my settings.
check out these pedals. I've been playing around with a lot of different distortions, and finally found a coupe that have really been the ticket for me.
I have found I need a variety on my current board as our church has a real varied musical taste. i find my best tone comes when I set the AC-15 just on the clean side of break up on the normal channel. Then I can goose it just a little with the Tubescreamer or the SD-1 (also used to drive the way at times). If I want real grit the BD-2 is kicked and then for true distrotion I use the DS-1 or the muff pi. I really think the key is the low wattage amp and push it a little.
I soemtimes use the top boost channel and really bring overdirve.