Recording Artists & State Ministry Leaders

CHARLES BILLINGSLEY

Teaching Pastor, Recording Artist

Thomas Road Baptist Church

Lynchburg, VA

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

Mobile, AL

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.      

TRAVIS COTTRELL

Worship Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, Recording Artist

Brentwood, TN

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.

SCOTT LEE

Chief Administrative Officer, South Carolina Baptist Convention

Columbia, SC

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.

TOM TILLMAN

Director of Music & Worship for Texas Baptists

Dallas, TX

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.

SCOTT WHITE

Executive Director of Program Development, World Catalyst Solutions & Power of Grace Radio
Ministries

Hendersonville, TN

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)

TERRY WILLIAMS

Founder, PRIORITY WORSHIP

Music and Worship Consultant of the Florida Baptist Convention

Ocala, FL

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.