Worship Ministry Advisors
Artists / Music Ministry Leaders
Teaching Pastor, Recording Artist
Thomas Road Baptist Church
It’s no secret Charles Billingsley is one of Christian music’s most captivating inspirational voices, but for this singer, worship leader, husband, father and teacher —to name but a few of his leading roles—it’s what’s behind the music that has truly made the man. Launching his career more than two decades ago fronting GRAMMY®-nominated genre giants NewSong, Charles has since headlined more than 3,000 concerts and released 24 recordings as a solo artist. Charles is a sought after worship leader who regularly appears at such popular events as Women of Joy, Gridiron Men and Celebrators, among numerous others.
When he’s not on the road, Charles and his family—wife, Shae, and college-age sons Caleb and Cooper— call Lynchburg, Virginia, home and it’s his days offstage that ultimately inspire him the most. “Being a father is a lot like being a teacher,” Charles relates. “There’s a lot of pressure and accountability to be the man I’m supposed to be, for my kids to see the same guy at home as they see onstage at church. I want them to witness me reading Scripture; I want them to have conversations with me about the Lord on a regular basis so they know this is not just a job to me, but a lifestyle.
DR. ROGER BRELAND
Executive Director of The Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts and Dean Emeritus of the Alabama School of the Arts at The University of Mobile
Roger Breland serves as the Executive Director of The Roger Breland Center for Performing Arts and Dean Emeritus of The Alabama School of the Arts at The University of Mobile in Mobile, Alabama. He is a graduate of Troy University in Troy, Alabama and holds honorary doctorates from Liberty University and The University of Mobile. In 2000 he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. He is the founder of the internationally known Christian ensemble TRUTH. Dr. Breland's ensembles have presented 12,000 concerts in 47 nations, recorded 100 albums and traveled four million miles. In recent years he has toured with The VOICES of Mobile from The University of Mobile. They have performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral presenting 150 concerts each year nationally and internationally. VOICES are regularly seen on national television.
Worship Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, Recording Artist
Over the years Travis has sung with singers who are way cooler than he is. He’s written and arranged projects for choirs and praise teams and felt nothing short of astonished by the opportunities he’s had to work with creative, inspiring people who are way cooler than he is (I mean, Max Lucado? Amy Grant? Cindy Morgan? Come on. That’s dream-come-true stuff right there). He’s even gotten to perform and record in places that are way cooler than he is, with Carnegie Hall and Abbey Road at the top of his you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me list.
Travis serves as Worship Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN. He and his wife, Angela, have been married for 26 years, and have 3 children – Jack, Lily Kate, and Levi. His current favorite hobby is to stay busy volunteering at his kids’ school…encouraging kids at play practices, basketball games, and tennis matches. When he’s not writing music or leading worship, Travis likes to dance in the kitchen with his wife, sing in the car with his kids, laugh like crazy with his friends – and marvel that God would be so gracious to use a boy from Boone to help make His name famous.
He prays he’ll never get over it.
Chief Administrative Officer, South Carolina Baptist Convention
Scott has recently finished 10 years of serving Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, as Minister of Music and Worship Arts and now serves on staff with the South Carolina Baptist Convention as Chief Administrative Officer and part of the Executive Leadership Team. Over 40 years of ministry, Scott has served churches in Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina in addition to an 8-year hiatus where he was the National Church Sales Manager for Integrity Media and owned a real estate firm. A constant theme throughout his ministry has been to help churches discover the power of worship and how that power serves as a means to experience and receive Christ.
His undergraduate work was at William Carey College in Hattiesburg, MS, and the University of West Florida in Pensacola, FL, with his graduate work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Scott and his wife Cherie, have been married 41 years and have two children, Taylor and her fiance Daniel and Tanner and his wife Abby.
DR. RANDY C. LIND
Worship and Music Specialist for Oklahoma Baptists
Oklahoma City, OK
Dr. Randy C. Lind (Worship and Music Specialist for Oklahoma Baptists) has served at the Convention since 2012. He is the conductor of the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and the Singing ChurchWomen of Oklahoma. He also served as the director for the 1,200 voice Festival Choir for Franklin Graham in 2015. Dr. Lind has directed groups that have traveled to Hong Kong, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Holland, England, and several other countries. His musical groups have sung from the west coast to the east coast of the United States and have premiered several musical works. He has also been a guest conductor for the EOCDA, Resonate Worship Arts Camp, and as a clinician for many vocal groups and choirs. Prior to his current position, he served as Associate Pastor/Minister of Music in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Texas. Dr. Lind has also conducted on 9 recording projects.
Dr. Lind holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, OK), a Master’s degree in choral conducting from Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, KS), and a Doctor of Ministry from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (Lombard, IL).
Dr. Lind enjoys all styles and types of music but especially loves spiritual music. He believes that music has the potential to connect us to others and to God and the Gospel message in a way that can change a life forever.
A native of Oklahoma, Dr. Lind is married to Susan, an educator who focuses on Special Education. Randy and Susan have two sons, Christopher and Erick, plus two wonderful daughters-in-law, and two granddaughters, Olivia and Claire.
Director of Music & Worship for Texas Baptists
Tom Tillman is the Director of Music & Worship for Texas Baptists (Baptist General Convention of Texas). Originally from New Mexico, Tom has enjoyed being in Texas for over 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to February 2016, he served 22 years at First Baptist Church, Conroe as Music & Worship Pastor. He directed and produced the multi-performance “A Christmas Evening” with a 100-voice choir, full orchestra and special guest artist each year including Sandi Patty, David Phelps, Wintley Phipps, Guy Penrod, Point of Grace, Fernando Ortega and many others. A pianist and organist, Tom has two choral anthems published with Word Music and a new anthem with Shawnee Press.
Tom is enjoying his role working with Texas Baptist churches traveling, leading training events for worship pastors and music ministries, consulting with music pastors, senior pastors, music search committees, as well as doing supply work. He administers the six chapters of Singing Men of Texas and the eight chapters of Singing Women of Texas comprised of over 1,000 Texans. He serves on the Advisory Board of Baylor University’s Center for Christian Music and serves as the President of the Baptist Church Music Conference 2020. Tom is married to Marcia, a Municipal Judge with the City of Dallas and adjunct professor at the University of North Texas School of Law. Tom and Marcia have two daughters – Sarah, a University of Texas at Austin graduate serving as Chief of Staff for Texas House of Representatives District 16, and Julia, a graduate of Texas A&M University living in New York City working in the corporate headquarters of Daniel Wellington.
Executive Director of Program Development, World Catalyst Solutions & Power of Grace Radio
Sr. Minister of Music & Worship at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Woodstock, GA 1994-2019
Full Time Minister of Music in Southern Baptist Churches since 1980 (39+ years)
Music Director for the Southern Baptist Convention (3 times): Orlando, FL 2000, San Antonio, TX 2007
and Orlando, FL 2010
Music Director for the Southern Baptist Convention Pastor’s Conference 1996
Graduate of Port St Joe Jr-Sr High School, Port St Joe, FL 1976
Graduate of Mobile College (University of Mobile), Mobile, AL 1980
BA Degree in Music
Graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 1984
Master of Religious Education with a Church Music Minor
Married to Amelia White for 39 years
Son, Daughter-in-law & Grandson’s: Dallas (34), Amanda (32), Judah White (8) & Cooper White (5),
Braden White (3) & Ethan White (1)
Daughter & Son-in-law: Olivia (28) & Chris (29)
Founder, PRIORITY WORSHIP
Music and Worship Consultant of the Florida Baptist Convention
Terry Williams launched PRIORITY WORSHIP Ministries in 2015, this itinerant ministry provides coaching, consulting, preaching, and worship leadership for pastors, leaders, choirs, orchestras, praise teams, bands, and tech teams. In addition, he is serving as the Music and Worship Consultant of the Florida Baptist Convention. Prior to this transition, Terry served for fourteen years as the Team Strategist of the Music & Worship Ministries at the Florida Baptist Convention. He was the Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Ocala, Florida for over ten years, as well as other churches in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Terry holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida and attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
His passion for worship combined with his experience as a music minister and worship leader for over 40 years gives him a unique perspective and insight for training and inspiring today’s worshipers. Terry and his wife Earlene live in Ocala, Florida and share a common calling as ministry partners.
DR. HERB ARMENTROUT
Minister of Music at Broadmoor Baptist Church
Herb Armentrout is the Minister of Music at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He and his wife, Jana, have served there for the past 20 years and they have 3 children, all married, and one incredible grandson. Herb received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Baylor University, his Master of Music Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Doctorate in Worship Studies from Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies. Herb has served churches in Louisiana and Texas for the last 35 years. Presently he directs the Louisiana Baptist Singing Men and serves as the Youth Music Consultant for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He also regularly serves as an adjunct professor for worship classes and regularly teaches at worship conferences.
Worship Pastor, Taylors First Baptist Church
Kevin Batson has been a career church musician for over thiry-six years, serving churches in North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, and Missouri. His choirs have performed in thirteen states, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Chile, and Great Britain. Since 2008 he has served as Worship Pastor at Taylors First Baptist Church in Greenville, SC, where he directs four choirs from ages 10 to 90, and leads weekly worship services. He is a graduate of Furman University (SC) and earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (TX). Kevin has been a featured soloist with the Greenville (SC) Chorale, and sings with the 24-voice professional group, the Herring Chamber Ensemble. He and his wife, Teresa, have two grown daughters and two grandchildren, ages 1 and 4.
Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church Rockwall
Trent and his wife Joi have two children, Nathan and Rachel, and reside in Sunnyvale, TX. Trent has been the Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church Rockwall since November of 2015. Previously, Trent served long tenures at The Heights Church in Richardson and Sunnyvale First Baptist Church. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in 2019 he became Director of the Singing Men of Texas, North Central Chapter.
Minister of Music, Bellevue Baptist Church
Mark Blair has been the Minister of Music at Bellevue since the fall of 2007. Prior to that, he led music ministries elsewhere in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. Mark’s responsibilities include overseeing the music ministry at Bellevue, including the music staff, as well as directing the Bellevue Choir, leading worship in the weekly services, and directing multiple productions throughout the year. One of those, The Singing Christmas Tree, is in its 44th year and has a yearly attendance of nearly 40,000. Mark’s greatest joy, in this season of life, is mentoring and encouraging young men and women in ministry to help them maximize their opportunities and giftedness. He was blessed to have men and women pour into his life when he was younger and considers it a privilege and even a requirement to “pay it forward.”
Mark attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Chattanooga and has a degree in music education. He is married to Mardi and they have two grown children, Kristen and Hunter. He enjoys fly fishing, is a huge Drum Corps International fan, and enjoys playing with their three dogs, Zeus, Tucker, and Gus.
DR. TYLER BRINSON
Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Dallas
Dr. Tyler Brinson was raised in Cleveland, Tennessee as the son of a music minister and is a third-generation minister in his family. At the age of 5 years old, he began singing, playing the piano, and was actively involved in sports. Dr. Brinson received his Bachelor's in Music Business from Lee University, his Masters of Music in Church Music from Baylor University, and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
At the age of 24 he became the Minister of Music & Worship at First Baptist Cleveland, TN where he faithfully led the congregation in musical worship and grew the choir from 60-200 members during his tenure there. In 2015, he was awarded the coveted Gospel Music Association Dove Award for his Choral Collection of the Year.
Tyler and his bride, Diana, who is originally from the country of El Salvador, have been married since 2015. They met through their involvement in the collegiate a cappella group, Voices of Lee. The Brinson’s enjoy traveling and exploring new places together and view ministry as a partnership and mutual calling. Tyler and Diana are proud parents of their firstborn daughter, Savannah Claire Brinson.
Dr. Brinson has served as the Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church of Dallas, TX since 2019.
Associate Worship Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church
Rick Briscoe has served the local church for 34 years as a worship pastor and church choir specialist. He attended Ouachita Baptist University, graduating in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He then traveled as a vocalist with the group TRUTH, just after graduating from Ouachita. After TRUTH, Rick served churches in Tyler, Houston, and Dallas. Since joining the Prestonwood Baptist Church ministry team in 1992, he’s led numerous student choirs on national and international music mission trips, served as platform soloist/worship leader as well as a campus worship pastor. Currently, Rick is an associate worship pastor at Prestonwood’s Plano campus and gives pastoral and musical leadership to the renowned, Prestonwood Adult Choir. Rick and his wife, Barbi, live in Carrollton, TX and have two adult children. Together they enjoy their four grandchildren…and have two more on the way!
DR. D. DORAN BUGG
Former Music Chair, Belhaven University
Dr. Doran Bugg began in July 2019 as Chair of the Music Department at Belhaven University
in Jackson, Mississippi, with a desire to prepare students to serve Christ in every artistic area of church ministry and society through visionary, inspirational leadership and the highest level of musicianship. His journey of serving through music education and vocational worship ministry began in rural Mississippi and has led him all the way to directing performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Arts. Dr. Bugg holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Mississippi, a Master of Music from Baylor University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Louisiana State University. His background is in classical music and he specializes in percussion. Dr. Bugg spent the previous decade as Minister of Music and Worship at the 13,000 member First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas where he co-produced multiple Christian choral collections, recording projects, and participated in ministry tours to Argentina, the Holy Land, and the Mediterranean.
Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church
North Augusta, SC
Jeff Bumgardner is a top songwriter for Sunset Gallery Music and has had nearly four-hundred songs recorded. The recipient of seven GMA Dove Awards, Jeff also has seven number one songs, a Singing News Fan Award for Song of the Year, and an Absolutely Gospel Music Award for Traditional Song of the Year.
In addition to the local church, Jeff has led choirs in music conferences and conventions across the country, and most recently led the mass choir at Carnegie Hall in celebration of the Gospel Music Association’s 50th anniversary of the Dove Awards. His choirs have recorded with such artists as TaRanda Greene, Meredith Andrews, Joseph Habedank, and Travis Cottrell. Jeff's most recent choral projects, Your Word (2019) and God of Our Praise (2020), feature the First Baptist North Augusta Choir and are available from Brentwood-Benson Publishing.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Brewton-Parker College in Mt Vernon, GA, and a Master of Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, and has received Alumni of the Year honors from each of his alma maters. He married his wife, Jody, in 1998, and they have four children; Caleb, Abby, Ella, and Ava Drew. Having served churches of various sizes, in both rural and urban settings, literally spanning from coast to coast, Jeff offers a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 25 years in local church ministry. As a much sought after clinician and coach, he has a passion for equipping others to achieve their greatest potential while fulfilling their calling.
Senior Music Pastor, First Baptist Church Hendersonville
Greg Crane has been in full-time Church Music Ministry for over 41 years. He earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. In his years in ministry, Greg has served in churches throughout Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida. He currently serves as the Senior Music Pastor at First Baptist Church Hendersonville near Nashville.
Greg has been married to Melanie for 40 years. They have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
Dr. Leo day
Artist in Residence, Recording Artist
First Baptist Church
Leo Day is a native of Canton, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Dr. Leo Day has served on the faculty of both William Carey College and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The courses taught by Dr. Day are as follows; Vocal Pedagogy, Diction for Singers (French, German, Italian, and English), Sacred Solo Literature, French Song Literature, Italian Song Literature, and Vocal Studio Management.
Leo was Minister of Music at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. Not only did he facilitate worship leadership, but also the children/youth choirs, the drama ministry, adult choir, orchestra, praise team and many other ensembles. During this time, Leo also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of West Florida.
Formerly, Dr. Day was the Dean and Director of the Center for the Arts in the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. These positions were active from 2013 – 2020.
Leo performs frequently throughout the Southeast and Northeast regions of the United States. He has performed professionally with the Hawaii Opera Theatre of Honolulu. After completing the regular opera season, Leo was invited back to be the lead tenor for the Hawaii Opera Theatre's touring company. Since Honolulu, Leo has performed in Maui, Hawaii and Mackinac Island, as well as several countries including Russia, Mexico, the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Germany, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Philippines, Nigeria, Brazil, China, and Australia.
Leo Day, the recording artist, can be heard on his solo recordings. "He Loves Me" was released in June, 2003 and “Solace For The Soul” was released in June of 2005. “Wake Up! It’s Christmas Morning!” is Leo’s first Christmas CD. It was released in November of 2017. In 2021, Leo Day will return to the recording studio to work on his 4th CD, which will be dedicated to hymn preservation. These recordings can be obtained by emailing Leo at Leodayvoice1234@gmail.com.
DR. MARK DEAKINS
Minister of Worship at Broadway Christian Church
Dr. Mark Deakins serves as the Minister of Worship at Broadway Christian Church in Lexington, KY. He directs the 45-voice Broadway Choir who has performed at Music in the Mountains Music Conference in Gatlinburg, TN, and in 4 Gaither Christmas Homecoming concerts in Cincinnati, OH.
His undergraduate music degrees are from Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO and Malone College, Canton, OH. He earned the Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting from Kent State University, Kent, OH, and the Ph.D. in Musicology from The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH.
Dr. Deakins served as the Dean of the School of Music at Kentucky Christian University, Grayson, KY, for 21 years and was a member of the faculty for 23 years. His choirs have performed six classical concerts in Carnegie Hall, two concerts in Lincoln Center and in Vienna, Austria, while Deakins was a guest conductor for MidAmerica Productions and Distinguished Concerts International New York.
Dr. Deakins lives in Lexington with his wife, Sandra.
Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church
Cliff Duren is the Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock. In addition, Cliff writes, arranges, orchestrates, and produces music resources for various church music publishers while also producing various artist recordings each year. He is a 3-time Dove Award winner for his contributions to church music. Cliff recently completed his first film score for the faith-based film “Champion,” which hit theaters nationwide in May of 2017. Cliff became a Christian at age seventeen and soon after pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Shorter University in Rome, GA and a Master’s Degree in Church Music from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In March of 2002, Cliff married his college sweetheart, April. Cliff, April, and vocalist Heather Richardson recently released “You Reign Forever,” their 4th trio release, under the group name “Overflow.” Together, Cliff and April enjoy leading worship together and ministering at various churches, conferences, and workshops. They reside in Woodstock, GA with their 4 children; Mac, Sydney, Elijah, and Emma Kate.
Worship Pastor, Champion Forest Baptist Church
Brent Dyer has been a worship pastor for more than twenty years. Serving churches from 200 to 16,000, Brent has a vast range of experience and perspective. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in order to obtain his license as a professional counselor due to his deep compassion for hurting people while serving as a local church worship pastor. Brent leads, plans, and directs the Houston Christmas Spectacular which features more than 1,000 cast members, and 36,000 attendees. In addition to speaking, writing and teaching, he oversees a multi-campus, multi-generational, multi-cultural ministry. Additionally, Brent serves as a producer, songwriter, and more. Brent feels called to help worship pastors struggling with relationships, addictions, isolation, depression, and more. He also has a passion for leadership development, team-building, vision-casting, and helping people become who God created them to be. Brent has a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University and a Master of Arts in Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Executive Pastor of Worship Ministries for Crossings Community Church
Oklahoma City, OK
Larry serves as the Executive Pastor of Worship Ministries for Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kim, and they have one daughter, Halle. Having served for almost 30 years in vocational ministry (Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, TX/Henderson Hills Baptist Church, Edmond, OK/Second Baptist Church, Houston, TX), his experience includes serving churches that consist of a hundred to multiple thousands and overseeing a staff of 20+. After touring the world as a vocalist with the Christian group, Truth, Larry found his calling in pastoring and leading the worship of the local church. He also has a heart for coaching and coming alongside the next generation of pastors and worship leaders. “There’s not a more impactful organization on the planet than the local church when it is healthy and flourishing”, Larry says. “There’s also not a more detrimental organization when it’s not healthy.” At the heart of a great church is great pastoral leadership.
Worship Pastor at Hyde Park Baptist Church
Mickey is an experienced and gifted worship pastor, and presently holds this position at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, TX. He has served in several of the largest Southern Baptist churches in the convention, including some with the most well-known music ministries. He has led large choirs and every facet of a church's music ministry, dating back to his college days at First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi. He has also served in administrative positions overseeing large projects, church education ministries, and more.
Mickey has a Masters Degree in Voice from Mississippi College, a Masters Degree in Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and has done post-graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is highly recommended by other ministers of music and worship pastors, as well as senior pastors he has worked with in the past.
He places a high value on investing in the next generation and has always worked to mentor young leaders in every season of his ministry, as evidenced in his two sons, both of whom are serving as worship pastors in Southern Baptist churches.
Worship Pastor at First West
West Monroe, LA
Brad has served as the Worship Pastor at First West since 2018. Brad & Bethany come from serving other churches in Texas and they love serving the local church together. Brad was licensed & ordained to ministry at North Richland Hills Baptist, in the Fort Worth, TX area. He grew up in Paducah, KY and went to Murray State University where he earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education. He also earned a Masters in Church Music at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Brad’s heart is to see every age in the local church joining together both at home and in corporate worship. His desire is that no one misses the grace of God. He enjoys playing with his kids, yardwork, gardening, and always loves a good party!
DR. Gary matthews
Pastor of Worship and Sacred Arts at Christ Memorial Church
Gary Matthews holds music degrees in Organ, Music Education, and Sacred Music as well as earning a Doctorate degree in Worship Studies. Ordained, Gary has a heart for shepherding God’s people and does that through his music and worship leading. Being a Worship Pastor in 3 churches during his 40 years of church worship leadership ministry, he loves the opportunity to mentor the next generation of worship leaders. He is presently Pastor of Worship and Sacred Arts at Christ Memorial Church in Holland, MI. He also is a composer and arranger, and has an active concert schedule with his wife, Martha. They have 5 children and reside in Holland, MI.
Pastor for Music and Worship at First Baptist Church
Roger McGee has served as a Worship Pastor for nearly 40 years spanning many musical styles and encompassing all ages. He is Pastor for Music and Worship at First Baptist Church Alexandria Virginia. He has been at Alexandria since 1995 having previously served churches in Charleston and Anderson, South Carolina. He grew up in Selma, AL, was high school Valedictorian and graduated Cum Laude from Samford University with a Bachelor of Music Education. He received a Master of Church Music from Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville Kentucky in 1981. Roger was the elected Worship Leader for the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore in 2014. He loves blending multi-age choirs, praise teams, soloists, orchestras, bands, and technology into a dynamic experience of worship. Roger's desire is to be transparent about his love for Christ and sharing that with others.
Lead Worship Pastor at Bell Shoals Baptist Church
Jason Millsaps has been the worship pastor at Bell Shoals since December 2014. Bell Shoals is a multi-site church with 5 campuses. Jason oversees the worship leaders at each campus as well as oversees the ministry at the main campus where he is serving. Jason became a Christian at the age of 6 and felt the call into full-time ministry at the age of 17. He has a degree in Music with a minor in Business Administration from Carson Newman University and a Masters in Worship from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jason was a part of G3 Music Publishing Company for many years as the editor and co-producer. He has served in churches in Texas, Georgia, New Mexico, and Florida. Jason and his wife, Andrea, have 2 boys and reside in Brandon, Florida (outside of Tampa).
Worship Pastor/Recording Artist
Kellan Monroe embodies a great passion for worship. From his days touring with three time Dove Award nominated gospel music trio, Beyond The Ashes, to serving the local church as a Worship Pastor, Kellan has a deep love for God and his people. Relationships are key to Kellan's life and ministry. He keeps a limited tour schedule of concerts and conference appearances as well as leading choral workshops all over the country. You can find more information at www.kellanmonroe.com
Worship Pastor at Crossgates Church
David Oliver has been the Worship Pastor at Crossgates Church in Brandon, MS, for 21 years and has over 40 years of experience as a worship pastor. His heart is to see churches experience “Presence-driven” life-changing worship, mentoring worship leaders of all generations, and blending worship choirs, praise teams, bands, and orchestras into relevant worship leading teams.
Associate Pastor for Worship at Green Acres Baptist Church
Mike Parks is the Associate Pastor for Worship at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. He holds an A.A. from Northeast Mississippi Junior College, a Bachelor of Music from Memphis State University and an M.M. in Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Mike is a veteran staff member, joining the GABC ranks in 1991. He has served at First Baptist Church in Okolona, Mississippi, Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, Mississippi, Hilldale Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama and Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, Mississippi.
Mike and his wife, Jo, have been married since 1980 and have two children and two grandchildren. Mike enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
Dr. Matthew Slemp
Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church
Indian Trail, NC
Dr. Matthew Slemp serves as Minister of Music and Worship at First Baptist Church, Indian Trail, North Carolina a suburb of the greater Charlotte area. He is married to Chelsea and they have three beautiful daughters. Dr. Slemp holds degrees from Belmont University, Union University, and Andersonville Theological Seminary. Throughout his ministry, he has served churches in Tennessee and most recently First Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Slemp has a passion for growth and excellence for choirs and orchestras and also shares a strong heart for student choirs. He has been honored as a distinguished Presser Scholar and awarded one of the Top 10 Artists of East Tennessee. He has toured choirs both nationally and internationally, including China, London, Paris, Haiti, and throughout the United States.
With a broad and unique approach to worship, his style has been greatly influenced by conductors and worship leaders such as Dr. Edgar Scruggs, Landy Gardner, and Rodney Brooks. Having begun directing church choirs since the young age of 12, it is the passionate call of his life to continue leading with excellence within the church and to develop generations of worshippers for the glory of God. Amid his work as Minister of Music, Dr. Slemp first and foremost walks with God, worships Him, and desires that all may know Him.
Minister of Music, Olive Baptist Church
Jon Tyner’s passion is to help people know and love Jesus through worship and discipleship. He pursues that mission each day as Minister of Music at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL.
Jon loves to invest in the people around him and help them not only become better musicians, but also fully devoted followers of Christ. He believes truly experiencing God through worship is one of the most important pursuits in life. His desire is to lead people in a way that leaves them encouraged, strengthened, inspired and moves them to a deeper relationship with God.
Jon holds degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi and has previously served churches in Mississippi and Tennessee. Jon and his wife, Angie have been married since 2002 and have three sons: Jack, Ben, and Eli.
DR. RON UPTON
Worship and Creative Arts Director, Idlewild Church
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, I was raised in a Christian home and trusted Christ as Savior and Lord as a Junior in High School. I will celebrate 40 years of ministry in 2020, the last 33 years being with Idlewild.
I have served as Adjunct Professor at Liberty University and have been Guest Lecturer at Mid-America Baptist Theological University and Cedarville University. I led music and worship for the Pastor's Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention (2005).
With a heart that beats for missions, I have taught or prompted worship throughout the United States, Brazil, Zambia, Zimbabwe, London, Greece, Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Israel, and Nepal.
My passion, both as a worshiper and Worship Leader is to prompt a multi-generational, multi-cultural body of believers to worship the Lord Jesus Christ in unity, spirit, and truth.
Rev. Jim Van Matre
Minister of Music & Worship at First Baptist Gulf Shores
Gulf Shores, AL
A Florida native, Jim attended the University of Mobile where he earned a B.S in Music Education then New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Masters degree in Church Music. He is married to Karen, who sang with her sisters as The Searles Triplets of Denver, Colorado and just celebrated their 38th year anniversary. They have two sons - Jordan and Kory, both married and 3 precious grandchildren. The Van Matres have served churches in… Warner Robins, GA; Ft. Myers, FL with Jay Strack; 2 Churches in the Atlanta metro area, Euless, TX, Mobile, AL and currently First Baptist Church of Gulf Shores, AL. Jim has had the privilege of leading Music for several Southern Baptist Conventions annual meetings/ Music Leader for the SBC’s 1991 Pastor’s Conference/ The Texas Evangelism Conf/The Georgia Baptist Convention and Evangelism Conf/The Alaska State Evangelism Conference/The Crusade Choir Coordinator for the 1994 Atlanta Billy Graham Crusade and led the 10,000 voice Crusade choir and has recorded 8 Choral Recordings.
After stricken with terminal Cancer during his college years after his calling…. and given no hope of surviving, he still marvels that God allowed him to live…to serve!
Worship Pastor, The Heights Baptist Church
Colonial Heights, VA
Dale Wilbur has served in Worship Ministry for 35 years. He currently serves as the Worship
Pastor at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, VA. At The Heights, Dale manages the Creative Team which includes Media, Technical Ministries, Creative Arts, Print and Promotion, along with all aspects of the musical worship ministry. He has a heart for Multi-Generational worship and a desire to pass on a passion for worship to the next generation.
His ministry has lead him to churches in Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kansas before coming to The Heights. Dale holds a BM from Friends University in Church Music and a MM from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Church Music. Dale and his beautiful wife Erin have two children Erik and Heather along with 4 grandchildren.
Dennis and his wife, Nan, formerly served on the faculty of Truett McConnell University. Dennis was an Associate Professor of Worship/Church Music and Nan served as an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing.
Dennis and Nan have been married for 45 years and have two grown sons. In their early days together, Dennis led local church music ministries in Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida. Then the Lord opened the door to writing for the church, which began a freelance Christian music writing career for over 35 years and counting.
Three-time winners of the GMA Dove Award for Musical of the Year, they have written and produced hundreds of musicals, collections, dramatic works, and individual songs for children, students and adults.
From the local church to the music studio, to the classroom…God has called Dennis and Nan to serve His people, using one of God’s greatest gifts, music.
Dr. JOSEPH BOLIN
Dean at Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University
Over the past 24 years, Joseph Bolin’s career has spanned a broad cross-section of performance, music education, professional conducting, and church worship ministry. After pursuing an early career in opera, in which he studied and performed throughout the United States and abroad, Joseph embraced the Lord’s leading into full-time worship ministry, a calling he has actively pursued since. As a full-time worship pastor, Joseph has lead worship ministries of hundreds in influential churches such as First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL and Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville TN, spanning a variety of worship styles and cultural dynamics. In addition to his vocation as a worship pastor, Joseph received his DMA in choral conducting in 2013. Shortly thereafter, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Butler School of Music, serving as Associate Director of Choral Studies where he taught private voice and conducted the principal undergraduate choral ensemble at UT, the University of Texas Concert Chorale. In 2016, Dr. Bolin accepted the deanship of one of the premier faith-centered music schools in the nation, the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University. Under his leadership, the Collinsworth School has doubled in size to 450 students and 65 faculty, added numerous undergraduate and graduate programs to include performance, composition, music education, worship studies, and commercial music, and established a national initiative with Lifeway Worship to utilize CBU students and faculty to recourse the church with fresh and creative music for worship. In addition to his work at CBU, Dr. Bolin remains active as a worship leader, speaker, clinician, and performer.
DR. LUKE GAMBILL
Assistant Professor of Music Business at Lee University
As a Dove Award-winning and multiple Dove Award nominee recipient, Luke’s music ministry, corporate and academic career histories include Worship Leader, Arranger, Choir Director, Producer, Orchestrator, Writer, Touring Clinician/Musician, and Professor.
Having served as Creative Director for Brentwood-Benson/Capitol Christian Music Group for over 12 years and as Creative Manager for Integrity Music for 7 years, Luke has spent almost two decades developing local church focused worship music resources (recordings, print, and video content) for the worship band, church choir, orchestra, student choir, and children’s choir – all in multiple genres ranging from modern worship, inspirational, southern gospel, and gospel. His years of industry experience have given him the great honor of working and partnering with individuals such as Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Wes King, Paul Baloche, Travis Cottrell, Brian Doerksen, Laura Story, Bill & Gloria Gaither, Michael Neale, Geron Davis, and even The Robertson Family (Duck Dynasty).
Luke holds a B.A. in Church Music from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Worship Studies from Liberty University, and a D.W.S. (Doctor of Worship Studies) from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Previous academic endeavors include adjunct professor at Lee University and Williamson College, as well as a guest lecturer at Liberty University and Lee University. Dr. Gambill currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Music Business at Lee University.
Dr. John d. Kinchen, III
Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Union University
Dr. Kinchen serves as the Chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He directs the Union Singers, the select auditioned choir, and Voices of Proclamation, Union’s auditioned vocal a cappella group.
Dr. Kinchen is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana having completed his early music studies at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (N.O.C.C.A.). He received the BM in Composition from The Eastman School of Music, the MM in Orchestral Conducting from The Florida State University, the DMA in Music Education from Boston University, and is currently ABD in the Doctor of Worship Studies (DWS) from Liberty University.
His conducting experience began early as he made his conducting debut with the New Orleans Civic Symphony at age 16 and the New Orleans Philharmonic at age 17. Dr. Kinchen studied composition and conducting for three summers at the Tanglewood Institute and one summer at the Festival at Sandpoint. He served as Conductor and Artistic Director for the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, Director of the NOCCA Chorale, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Gulf Coast Community Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Crescent City Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Orleans Music Festival Symphony, and Assistant Conductor of the Florida State University Symphony. Dr. Kinchen’s teachers have included Donald Neuen, David Effron, Gunther Schuller, Robert Sirota, Phillip Spurgeon, and Bert Braud.
Dr. Kinchen has devoted nearly 28 years as an educator, pastor, and worship leader prior to joining the faculty at Union University in 2018. He previously taught at Liberty University where he served as Associate Dean of the School of Music and brings nearly 20 years of pastoral ministry experience to his leadership at Union. Dr. Kinchen’s teaching interests include Music Theory, Theology, Worship Studies, Music Education, and Conducting.
Dr. Kinchen considers his family one of his greatest blessings in life. This year, he and his wife, Denise, celebrate 29 years of marriage together, and they enjoy investing time with their two children, Charissa and John “Dawson” IV.
Associate Professor of Commercial Music at Liberty University
Professor Don Marsh is an award-winning arranger, orchestrator, songwriter, and producer with over forty years of experience as a free-lance arranger in the Christian Music field. He has also served as a Minister of Music in several notable churches in America, including Skyline Wesleyan Church where he served with John Maxwell. Professor Marsh graduated from Nyack College in Nyack, New York, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and from Glassboro State in New Jersey with a Masters Degree in Music Education.
Associate Professor Marsh has arranged, orchestrated, and produced over 300 full albums of choral music, solo artists, and various productions for such publishing companies as Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Word Music, Brentwood/Benson/Sony Publishing, and Gaither Music. His publishing career began with writing arrangements for the Old Time Gospel Hour Choir at Thomas Road Baptist Church, under Pastor Jerry Falwell Sr. and director David Randlett. Professor Marsh has had national publications of over 2,500 individual arrangements in his career and worked with such artists as Bill Gaither, Doug Oldham, Sandi Patti and Larnelle Harris (More Than Wonderful), Steve Green, World Help Children’s Choir, and Todd Agnew. Additionally, he wrote several arrangements for National Public Television productions featuring opera diva, Kathleen Battle: SPIRITUALS IN CONCERT (w/ Jessye Norman; James Levine conductor), and A CARNEGIE HALL CHRISTMAS CONCERT (w/ Frederica von Stade, Wynton Marsalis; André Previn, conductor).
Professor Marsh has taught from the elementary level through the collegiate level including teaching public elementary school band and high school choral music. Before joining the faculty of Liberty University, he taught at Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
Don Marsh has won several awards including:
3 Emmy Awards for arrangements on TV in Southern California
13 Dove award nominations
Dove Award (Musical-Come Celebrate Jesus for Word Music)
Angel Award – Excellence In Media (Once Upon An Orchestra/Symphonyville, Brentwood/Provident Records)
Gold Record for over 500,000 sales of America’s 25 Favorite Praise and Worship Songs (Brentwood/Provident Records)
Professor Marsh has served in the Department of Commercial Music, teaching Arranging, Songwriting, Music Industry, and Artist courses.
DR. Gary Mathena
Resident Adjunct Professor of Worship Studies for the School of Music at Liberty University
Dr. Gary Mathena became a minister of music when he was only 15 years old. That same year he recorded his first album and published his first song.
Since that time Gary has been the minister of music in some of America’s great churches including the 12,000-member First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Oklahoma, for two Southern Baptist Convention presidents, Dr. Bailey Smith and Dr. Tom Elliff; the great Valley Baptist Church in Bakersfield, California, where he was for 23 years; and most recently the First Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia, where he
served as minister of music for almost three years before embarking on a full-time international ministry to educate, edify, equip, and encourage those who lead God’s
people in worship.
Currently, Gary serves as a Resident Adjunct Professor of Worship Studies for the School of Music at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has an active international teaching ministry in Africa, Russia, Romania, Germany, and Central America. He holds the position of Visiting Professor at Emanuel University of Oradea, Romania, and at the Bibelseminar in Bonn, Germany.
Gary also has the great joy of serving as a trustee for the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention—the largest missionary sending force in the world.
Gary is a worship leader, songwriter, author, recording artist, conference speaker, consultant, and frequent guest lecturer at colleges and seminaries on the subject of church music and worship around the world.
Gary’s songs have been arranged and published for choir and recorded by many different artists over the years. His song, Lean On Me, was listed by Brentwood-Benson Publishing Company among America’s 101 Favorite Gospel Songs.
Gary and his wife, Donnita, have two married daughters and eight exceptional grandchildren.
His life verse is found in Psalm 40:3: “He has put a new song in my mouth— Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the LORD.”
DR. JAMES MELTON
Professor of Music at Vanguard University
Costa Mesa, CA
Dr. James L. Melton has been Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California since 1997, also serving as Dean or Chair during most of his tenure. In addition to teaching in the areas of worship, church music, and music education, he directs the University Concert Choir and the Vanguard Singers & Band, a worship team of select vocalists and instrumentalists. Both of these ministry ensembles present major concerts throughout California and the western United States - touring each year both nationally and internationally. As a guest conductor for Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center in New York City, he has conducted various classical works as well as more contemporary works by composers and arrangers as Dan Forrest, Rosephayne Powell, Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. His various ensembles have over 20 worship recording projects to their credit.
James earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) in Choral Music from Arizona State University as well as the Master of Music degree (MM) and received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Oklahoma Baptist University.
James has ministry experience in schools from high school through the college/seminary level, as well as over 40 years’ experience leading worship and music ministries in various churches as Scottsdale Bible Church (AZ), Mt. View Baptist Church (Phx, AZ), Newport Mesa Church (CA), Faith Baptist Church (Kailua, HI) and most recently at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, CA. He has also produced church choral recordings for Hal Leonard Publications, Fred Bock Music, and Pavane Music. He has been a contributing editor for The New Worship: Straight Talk on Music and the Church (Baker Books), contributing to journals and articles for “Leadership in Church Music,” devotionals for New Every Morning (BH Publishing), and multiple articles and periodicals on issues regarding music, worship, and the church. James also has a passion for cross-cultural worship ministry, serving as keynote speaker several times for the International Worship Symposium (Lisbon, Portugal) as well as teaching/leading worship seminars in churches, schools and colleges throughout China, India, the Philippines, Europe and the U.S.
He is executive director of Music Across Borders, an international missions organization, and also serves as conductor of the Coastal California Chorale, a community chorus of over 120 voices representing over 35 churches throughout Orange County.
DR. BRAD MOFFETT
Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Lee University
Dr. Brad Moffett is a Professor of Music and the Director of Graduate Studies in Music at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In addition to teaching courses in music and worship, Moffett is also the conductor of the Lee University Singers, a 45-voice mixed choral ensemble. The Singers tour extensively in the US and around the world performing a wide range of music for a broad audience including churches, schools, concert halls, and other venues. Moffett also serves Lee University as the Director of Chapel Music and LeeU Worship, a collective of student worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians. LeeU Worship’s current focus is to cultivate an atmosphere of creativity by helping students learn creative worship planning and writing original songs for congregational worship.
Brad has been leading worship in various churches and denominations for almost 35 years. He has a heart for convergence worship and seeing congregations experience the fullness of God in musical worship.
Moffett earned the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Lee University, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting/Sacred Music from Georgia State University, and the Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Webber Institute in Orange Park, FL. He is married to Melissa and they have one adult daughter, Morgan.
Director, Voices of Lee - Lee University
Danny Murray has coached collegiate-aged musicians for over 30 years at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He is the founding Director of Lee’s premiere ensemble, The Voices of Lee, a 15 member a cappella vocal group celebrating 25 years of touring internationally. The Voices of Lee have appeared on Good Morning America and have also performed for “Christmas at the Whitehouse” in Washington, D.C. They have toured Europe with concerts at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and have been featured performers in China at the Shanghai International Music Festival. Convention appearances include Israel, Ontario, Hawaii, and numerous U.S. cities. The Voices of Lee were propelled into the national spotlight on the debut season of NBC’s “Sing Off,” a competition of a cappella groups. Out of thousands of auditions, Voices of Lee was selected as one of eight groups to compete and was featured on four prime time NBC network episodes. After nationwide voting, the Voices of Lee finished second runner up in the Sing-Off. They were also voted one of the favorite groups by the Contemporary A Cappella Society of America. In 2018 they were voted “Favorite Collegiate Group,” “Favorite Religious Group,” and “Favorite Video” by the International A Cappella Music Awards’ voting audience. Currently, their video recordings have exceeded 103 million views online.
Mr. Murray has also produced 17 recordings of the Voices of Lee and collaborated with the Benson Music Company of Nashville, TN in the publication of two books of arrangements by the Voices of Lee. The Fred Bock Music Company has honored Mr. Murray with The Danny Murray Choral Series. Danny Murray is also a popular choral clinician who brings practical instruction, humor, and dedication to inspire singers to new levels of understanding their musical gifts. A former Promotions Director for noted Gospel Artist, Bill Gaither, Danny is married to Dr. Deborah Murray, Vice President for Academics at Lee University, and they have three daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren.
Dr. PAUL RANDLETT
Director, Center for Worship and Associate Professor of Music at Union University
Dr. Randlett is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and has served the body of Christ as a worship leader in evangelical churches in Virginia and Florida for over 20 years. He served as Chairman of the Department of Music and Worship Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia from 2013-2018. He now serves as the Director of the Center for Worship at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. His service to both the church and academia have supplied him with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience in worship leadership. He is a regular presenter at worship seminars and leadership summits. He excels at working with small and large vocal ensembles and worship bands.
Dr. Randlett holds an undergraduate degree in Sacred Music from Liberty University, a Master of Arts in Worship Studies from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Christian Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Jenny, for 22 years. They have two children and four grandchildren.