Keynote Speakers / Musician

Vertical Church Band

Meredith Andrews and the Vertical Church Band

Vertical Church Band isn’t the name of a church. It is an idea.

The idea that worshiping Jesus Christ is best done not when we just sing about Him or what He has done or what He will do in the future. The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God. Vertical.

Vertical Church Band is a collection of people who play every week in places all over Chicagoland as part of Harvest Bible Chapel, a place that believes singing isn’t a warm-up for the sermon; singing is a warm-up for heaven. So the faces may change. The style may evolve. But the aim will stay the same. Vertical.


An avid musician from a very young age, Rick came to know Christ through his love for musical theatre —specifically a high school production of Godspell. He has been using his talent for the Lord ever since.

Rick has been in full-time music ministry since 1979, serving at several churches in California. Most notably, from 1987 to 2012, Rick served at Saddleback Church. Under Rick’s leadership, Saddleback worship ministry grew to provide music, sound, lights, and video for 12 weekly services, requiring more than 1,000 volunteers.

Since 2012, Rick has been leading worship, coaching leaders, and writing articles and worship songs. His website, RickMuchow.com, offers free coaching through practical “Ask Rick” worship articles, daily Facebook and Twitter posts, and a monthly newsletter. Additional coaching with Rick is also available through a coaching subscription, which offers personal mentoring and services designed to enhance a worship leader’s personal ministry.

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