Craig Adams serves as Creative Director for LifeWay Worship in Nashville, Tennessee. He has more than 25 years of experience as a producer, songwriter, arranger, orchestrator, and musician. He has won five Dove Awards as a producer and arranger, and his work has contributed to artists including Sandi Patty, Steve Green, Sonic Flood, FFH, Margaret Becker, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, and countless others. Craig has contributed literary content for noteworthy publications, Worship Leader Magazine, Let’s Worship Magazine, and Broadman and Holman’s Worship Bible. He has also served on the adjunct faculty of the music business degree program at Trevecca Nazarene University. Craig resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Deanna, and two children, Madeline and Hayden.
Doug Gould’s calling is to train and equip worship and technical teams in the selection and operation of audio and music technology as it applies to our worship services. Over the last twelve years he has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond, including National Worship Leader Conferences; Experience Conference; Worship God; Christian Musician Summits; Integrity Seminars 4 Worship; Worship Together; Ministry & Technology Expos and Seminars (MOTX), Breakforth; Camp Electric;Worship Institutes and many, many others.
He is a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for almost 30 years serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and has been a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches for almost as long.
He is CEO and Founder of Worship MD (Market Development) a consulting firm that helps professional audio and music technology manufacturers build relationships with the church through education.
The companies that support his initiatives are Audio-Technica, Presonus, Aviom, OnSong, Williams Sound, Alclair Custom and Universal In-Ear Monitors, Ansmann.
Pastor Joe Brownlee is the Worship Arts Director at New Life Church, Gahanna, taking the position in 2007. Joe is an arranger and multi-instrumentalist and is one of the teaching pastors at New Life. Joe has taught music in one capacity or another for over 30 years and he provides arrangements and orchestrations for Sovereign Grace Music. Joe's passion is to see artists of all kinds use their gifts and talents to serve the local church. Joe's wife Jane also serves in the Worship Arts Ministry at New Life and is the administrative assistant for the department.
Jon is a worship pastor, teacher, guitarist, and founder of WorshipTeamCoach.com, a practical resource site helping leaders build strong teams that lead great worship. He's written for Worship Leader Magazine and Worship Musician Magazine. Having experience in a wide range of churches (from 60 to 6000), Jon has a heart to serve worship leaders who are in the trenches of average sized churches. Jon lives and serves in the Mansfield, Ohio area with his wife, Shannon, who also serves as the family handyman. (Jon is completely inept at fixing things and is banned from power tools--other than the lawn mower.) They’ve got four amazing kids they love to hang out with (most of the time): Aedan (10), Addison (8), Corbin (4) and Cora Quinn (3).
Matt McCoy is a worship leader and songwriter from Chicago, IL. He has served on staff at Willow Creek Community and Harvest Bible Chapel, and is also a founder of LoopCommunity.com. He is an Ableton Certified Trainer and travels the country teaching churches and worship leaders about using technology in worship. He has been using loops and multi-tracks in worship for over 9 years.
Matthew Moore is a professional actor, director, and faculty member in Cedarville University's Theatre Program. He has a Master of Fine Arts in classical acting and two decades of experience working with drama in ministry settings. Matthew also has a passion for using Scripture as a dramatic text, so he founded Lamp and Light Productions to help people experience the Bible in a different way. Matthew has performed his solo Scripture presentations at churches and other ministries across the country, including the Creation Museum in Kentucky. For more information, visit www.lampandlightproductions.com.
Steve Blanchard serves as Director of Worship Ministries for the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana. He also serves as a Church Planting Multiplication and Equipping Regional Strategist with responsibilities in church planting and leadership development in central Indiana, including the Indianapolis metropolitan area. He also coordinates partnership missions for the state convention. Steve and his wife, Cathy, served as missionaries in South Korea from 1985–2000 with the International Mission Board, SBC. The Blanchards are the parents of three married daughters and have five grandchildren.
Steve Hammrick has been the Director of Music and Worship for the Illinois Baptist State Association (IBSA) since 2007. He received a B.A.E. degree from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, an M.C.M. degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has completed postgraduate studies at Western Carolina University. Steve has spent over 30 years in church music ministry and loves and appreciates the local church. As part of IBSA’s Church Strengthening Team, Steve equips and encourages worship leaders from the state of Illinois in the areas of worship, music resources, and technical ministries. IBSA is made up of over 1,000 churches of great numeric, racial, and stylistic diversity. Steve and his wife, Linda, have three grown children.
Brad was born in Fort Worth, TX and raised in Florissant, MO. He and his wife Paula have been a part of the Spring Hills family since 1993 when he accepted the call to be their first (and only, so far) Worship Pastor. Brad and Paula have one son, Jack Edward, 13. Brad earned his B.A in Music Education from Missouri Baptist College, St. Louis Mo., and his Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Webster University, St. Louis, MO. Brad was the Minister of Music for Whitehall Baptist Church, Columbus OH (1985-93) and for Webster Groves Baptist Church, St. Louis, MO (1981-85). He has led worship and taught at numerous conferences and events. Brad has produced and led worship on 9 live worship recording projects. He has songs published by Riverspring Music. He is the author and presenter of the “Made For Praise” seminar. His passion: developing life-long worshipers of Jesus Christ.
Alex Burleson is a freelance musician living in Nashville, TN. He has played for artists of all genres and is currently on the worship team at Crosspoint Community Church. He is also a licensed producer for Loop Community.
Ben is a six-year veteran of graphic design and has played an instrument of some sort since he was fourteen. He serves as a graphic designer for LifePoint Church and is fascinated about the significance of art in understanding and worshipping God. Ben and his wife Perrie live in the Columbus area and run an artisan soap company from out of their home.
Gerald, a native of St. Louis, has been a professional musician for over 25 years. From teaching vocal jazz and composition to students from all over Europe at the Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw, Poland, to composing and arranging for musicals in New York City, Gerald has had a very diverse experience on his musical journey. He has written and produced music for film and TV, such as "Dolphin Tale 2", "The Expanse" (a new TV series starting November 2015 on the SyFy network), and the major motion picture "Point Break", releasing in December 2015. Gerald is currently the worship pastor at Longhollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN where he oversees the worship on all 5 campuses. He recently spearheaded and co-produced the Long Hollow Worship Album "He Is Faithful", which released in October 2015. Gerald and his wife Angie have been married 16 years and have 2 children, Amber and Timothy.
Jacob (Jake) Holmes is a husband and father of two girls, ages three and five. He currently serves as a preaching team member and Pastor of Worship Arts in North America's largest Nazarene Church; Grove City Church of the Nazarene. For nearly 15 years, Jake has been involved in a number of ministries including: evangelism, missionary work, worship leading, youth pastoring, visitation ministry, teaching, choir directing, and preaching. He currently leads alongside his wife Kristen who is a gifted writer, vocalist, worship leader, and vocal coach. He also writes and arranges his own original music and comes from a family of gifted and award winning songwriters. Jake is studying Pastoral Ministries at Nazarene Bible College. One of his greatest passions is training and equipping worship leaders and ministers to lead with integrity, zeal, and purpose.
Joe Byler has served as the worship pastor for Veritas Community Church since 2008 when he helped plant the church in the Short North arts district of Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the role of pastor and leading at the Short North congregation, he is on the central executive team and is responsible for the coaching, planning and development of the worship gatherings, liturgy, worship leaders, and music for all four congregations of Veritas Church. He has been leading music and worship gatherings in churches for over 13 years. Joe has been married to Renee for 12 years and has four daughters: Addison, Eisley, Finley, and Emryn. Joe graduated from Rosedale Bible College in 2002 with an A.A. in General Bible Studies and completed the 2 year program with Vineyard Leadership Institute in 2007.
John Mohler has been the worship pastor at Patterson Park Church in Beavercreek, OH since 1985 during which time they have maintained a large choir and full orchestra. He has a passion for developing life-long worshipers within the local church. He is a doctoral candidate in the Worship Studies program at Liberty University. John and his wife Lou Ann have two married children and 3 ½ grandchildren.
Jon Myers serves as the Music Pastor at LifePoint Church, and has been a part of the LifePoint staff team since 2007. He has been pursuing a relationship with Jesus since he was 10 years old. In the summer of 2008 he got hitched to Allison Morsek. Now Jon and Allison have a daughter named Aubrey and a son named Simon, who both bring so much joy each day. As a family they enjoy activities such as reading, listening to music, cooking, hanging out with friends and singing together. In his spare time, Jon enjoys writing songs, studying hymns, drinking guarana soda, drinking Cuban cafe con leche, listening to music and making electronica.
Josh was born in Weston West Virginia, but spent the majority of his youth and adult life in Newark Ohio. Josh’s family has always been actively involved in church. It was towards the end of his time in a middle school youth group when the Holy Spirit opened Josh’s heart and God saved him. When Josh was 15 years old when he found his passion and calling in leading Gods people into worship during his time as the youth groups worship leader. In 2009 he graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a degree in General Music and a Minor in Graphic Design. In June of 2009 he married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie Warner. Josh loves movies, photography, reading books about Jesus, all most all kinds of music (he is not a fan of country), and spending time with his family and friends.
Rachel Lloyd has been active in production ministry since she was sixteen years old. She weekly designed lighting for Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN, eventually serving as interim lighting director during her senior year of high school. She then served two summers as Long Hollow’s creative intern assisting with all areas of live production. Rachel served the summer of 2015 traveling with Student Life camps as a lighting director, daily designing environmental lighting for artists such as Matt Papa, Leeland, and Passion Band. Rachel currently serves as the creative intern at Arrowhead Church in Morristown, TN, overseeing all lighting and stage design and assisting in video production and social media management. She is currently a junior honors student double majoring in Theatre and Communications at Carson-Newman University.
Shane currently serves as Worship & Arts Pastor at LifePoint Church where he acts as Creative Director over all art aspects and works in conjunction with the teaching team to make the gospel more presentable to the communities that LifePoint serves. Shane also runs a successful freelance design & photography business.
Stephen Wilder is an electric and upright bassist living in Nashville, TN. He graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor’s of Music in 2013 and has been playing both in the studio and on stage consistently since arriving in Nashville in 2009.
In Belmont’s top ensembles, and through extensive performance and touring experience, Stephen has become an accomplished and extremely versatile musician. He has had the honor of performing with Jacob Whitesides, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Steve Moakler, Jeff Coffin, The Delta Saints, Remedy Drive, Highroad III, Rayvon Owen, Julie Roberts, Michael Boggs, Cody Fry, Steve Green, and many more. Stephen is an enthusiastic and infectiously positive musician who maintains the highest level of professionalism.
Tim Buell is a musician living in Nashville, Tennessee and is a full time touring and recording artist. Since graduating Belmont University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Drum Set Performance, he has performed with Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Remedy Drive, Jeff Coffin, Adam Sanders, The Delta Saints, Aubrey Logan, Cody Fry, Kristen Rogers, and other artists in the Nashville area. Tim enjoys working in live situations, studio recording, teaching, and is also a music transcriber, producer and home recording engineer.
Professor Huffman teaches courses in the design of visual communication, graphic production, portfolio, and design history. His professional work in branding and recruitment for nonprofit organizations emphasizes strategic communication design. He brings industry experience from both agency and in-house settings, with concentrations in the design of visual identities and publications. Professor Huffman has been at Cedarville since 2011.
Aaron is the Director of MediaShout User Experience. He works daily with customers to make sure they have a great experience with the software. He also runs a church A/V/L consulting company. Previously he was the A/V Director for Dave Ramsey and the Tech Director for Bethel Church in Fargo, ND.
Brandon Waltz is the Director of the Production Services Group and has been serving at Cedarville since 1990. His areas of responsibility include HeartSong Ministries, OneVoice Gospel Choir, and the production staff who support the audio, video, and lighting for the university Chapel services as well as campus concerts, conferences and sporting events. He enjoys anything with dark chocolate, anything by Tim Keller, and anything from Apple, Inc. He loves spending time with his wife and his three children.
Brian Greenlee was born in Dayton, OH and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. He has been leading worship in churches both large and small for the past 25 years. His passion is to influence a Christian culture that impacts its communities by living a life of worship through the way we love God and love others. This desire is the driving force behind Barefoot Worship Ministries.
Through his experience with church planting and restarts combined with the knowledge he has gained in the marketplace, Brian works with churches across the nation to represent themselves consistently and increase their presence and reach online in their community. He and his wife Angie along with their seven boys and one baby girl live in Miamisburg, Ohio and love to serve their community.
Brian is a Certified Life Coach and has studied Church Music and Religion at Olivet Nazarene University and furthered his education in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education at Wright State University.
Daniel is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an MDiv degree. He serves as the Minister of Worship at First Baptist Church of Fairborn, Ohio. His background includes performing in show choirs, jazz ensembles, and leading VBS music for local churches and international mission trips.
After receiving his Bachelor and Master degrees in Applied Piano from Boston University and completing his seminary work in theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Glen pursued a career as a concert pianist and performed with The Boston Pops Orchestra for three seasons. Later, he transitioned to a worship leading role at churches in MA, TN, and NC before joining the staff of Fairhaven in 2003. As the Team Leader of Ministry Arts, Glenn manages the areas of worship, music and technology, as well as serving as the primary worship liturgist for all the Fairhaven venues of worship. Glenn is married to the most fantastic and awesome woman, Debra Jean, and they have two beautiful children, Benjamin Wesley and Rachel Elizabeth. When not immersed in music, Glenn loves to cook, bird watch, grow orchids, and exercise.
Rick Lee James
Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast, Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute's Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick's new album, 'Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations' will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick's Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.
Sheri is a graduate of the University of Illinois. She has taught voice privately for over 35 years. She has been a worship leader and music director in various local churches since 1986. She was the director of Good News Productions, an evangelistic outreach involving singing, drama, dance, and original musicals for 13 years. She writes for Worship Musician! Magazine and tours the country with her husband teaching and equipping the Body of Christ for music ministry at such conferences as, National Worship Leader Conference, Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, Camp Electric, Experience Conference, Worship Institute Northeast, WorshipGod and more. A home-schooling mom since 1985, she and her husband Doug reside in New Jersey where she is now home-schooling the last of their eight children.
Tim Cremean has been leading worship for more than 10 years in the Columbus, OH area. As a manager of a LifeWay Christian Store, Tim has the pleasure of working with hundreds of worship leaders and pastors to provide resources to transform their people in Christ. He enjoys his family very much and can be found singing with them every chance he gets.
Amy Carmichael is a piano teacher, high school tutor, and librarian. She currently is working towards her MLIS at Kent State and has received a B.A. in Music from Cedarville University in 2014. Music, worship, and working with children are her passions.
Josh Staley is a worshiper of Jesus Christ, husband, Director of Worship Arts, music producer, guitarist mix engineer, live sound technician, and all around Creative Soul. Josh is currently on staff at FBC Groveport near Columbus, OH where he lives with his incredible wife, and their two mischievous puppies. Josh is passionate about the excellent worship of Jesus Christ and seeks to equip worshipers with the tools and knowledge to make great art that reflects as much of God's glory as possible.
Brannon is a pastor, scholar, worship leader and multi-instrumentalist serving as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology and Christian Ministry at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been planning and leading worship in local churches for 20 years. Brannon studied literature and music at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN, and received masters and doctoral degrees in theology and the arts from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. He and his wife, Gloria (also a worship leader), have been married for 13 years and have been blessed with three children.
Chad Coe is a former pastor who now serves as the Business Development Director for Brentwood Builders, Inc. Brentwood is a full-service design builder and remodeler that assists churches with master planning, design, remodeling, and new construction services.