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PROFILE

My wife and I have been serving in ministry and marriage together for the past eight years. Along with our two sons, our family strives to bear God's image as we fulfill the roles He has called us to. It's that vision that puts passion and joy in my heart and fuels my desire for an impactful, relational and missional ministry.

As a worship leader, I am convinced we can bring the message of God's glory through music and pierce the heart of His people. That's why I aspire to create viable environments which allow the people of God to approach His throne and worship Him freely. However, worship doesn't begin and end Sunday mornings. I believe it's a continual cycle of revelation, exploration and lastly, profession.

God has given us so many avenues to tell others of His goodness, and one of my favorites is the choir. As a collective voice, the choir can first explore God's character and revelation, then be a witness and connection to Him through music and language. It's creative, social, and unifying.

EXPERIENCE

Feb 2017Present

Worship Pastor

Champion Forest Baptist Church: Jersey Village Campus

-Creator and leader of dynamic, inspiring worship experiences which incorporate a variety of musical genres

-Responsible for leading the worship team by casting a vision of biblical worship and fostering a culture of community 

-Director of adult choir and senior adult choir

-Responsible for selecting, teaching and rehearsing worship and choral music

-Produces distraction free worship services through improved flow

-Assistant Producer of Christmas Spectacular, an entertaining stage production, that includes roughly 750 volunteers, musicians, and performers aimed at reaching over 30,000 people in the Houston area and beyond

Oct 2012Feb 2017

Worship Associate/Arranger/Music Director

Champion Forest Baptist Church

-Musical Director and Accompanist for English and Spanish services

-Responsible for leading worship in two multigenerational venues

-Arranger of all in-house projects

-Engineer and creator of all multitrack & choral stems for services

-Served as Assistant Choral Director 

Jun 2007Jul 2015

Keys

David Gentiles Band

David Gentiles is a People and Songs recording artist. 

-Responsible for playing keys and running stems and click tracks for camps, D-Nows and other worship events

Jul 2011Aug 2012

International Missionary

Melton Mowbray Baptist Church

Missionary for a thriving church in the United Kingdom.

-Ran a youth group of non-churched youth

-Discipled a group of young college students

-Helped offer fresh perspective to the band and worship leaders

-Shared the gospel in public schools through drama and music

-Catalyst for a 20’s and 30’s ministry

Jan 2011Jul 2011

Instrumental Associate

First Baptist Euless

Charged with leading all instrumentalists including 20-25 piece orchestra and 5-piece rhythm section, accompanying the choir, band and orchestra leader for all services, and creating click tracks and sequences for Sunday morning worship services. 

-Participated as intregal part in worship planning

-Gave cues and direction to the choir

-Organized charts folder on network drive, & charts section of Planning Center Online

-Led Wednesday evening orchestra/band rehearsal 

-Arranged songs, rhythm charts, choir scores, orchestra parts, and original sequences

Jan 2007Dec 2011

Worship Intern

First Baptist Euless

-Played keys in all services

-Organized rhythm and vocal music books

-Aided the Worship Pastor

-Served as secondary Accompanist

EDUCATION

Aug 2006Aug 2010

B.A. in Music Business

Dallas Baptist University

Graduated with an Arranging and Composition Emphasis and Piano Principle Instrumentation

Aug 2003Aug 2006

Permian High School

SKILLS

CONDUCTING

I have been conducting choirs and various ensembles since I came to Champion Forest. Currently, I conduct an adult choir with a membership of 70 plus and a Senior Adult Choir with a membership of 30. Choral conducting is an aspect of music ministry that I love dearly and often one of the highlights of my weekly schedule.

VOCALS

I was classically trained for 4 years, two years with my worship pastor, Curtis Brewer, and two years with world renown dramatic tenor, David Corman.  I was a Texas All-State Choir bass for three years.

PIANO

I started playing as a young child, starting lessons at 8, and continued professional lessons through college.  I sight-read, am proficient at reading chord changes (pop and jazz), and have many years of experience as an accompanist (individual artists and choirs). Also, I am proficient in many styles and techniques of keyboard instruments.

ARRANGING & ORCHESTRATING

Arranging is a deep rooted passion and I have had the ability to pursue for the past 10 years.  I love the idea of making music available to ensembles that need it for a multitude of purposes including different styles, and also for an array of instruments.  Currently, I work as a freelance arranger for Risen Music Publishing as well as, arranging for churches and artists in Texas and beyond.

MUSICAL DIRECTING

I have eight years of experience as a Musical Director. I have a deep passion for leading and encouraging musical growth with instrumentalists, choirs and worship leaders. Service Responsibilities include: accompanist, band leader, orchestra cues, choir conducting and cues, and running/creating clicks & stems.

KEYS/B-3/RHODES

I have 10+ years of experience, in a variety of settings, playing keys, b-3, and rhodes in various styles such as gospel, funk and jazz.

SIBELIUS

I am well versed in many different forms of notation and engraving; and have vast experience in creating rhythm charts, lead sheets, and choir/orchestra arrangements.

DAW PLATFORMS

I have a personal preference for Reason, but I am also versed in Logic, ProTools, and Ableton.

PLANNING CENTER ONLINE

Planning Center Online is a useful online tool for the planning, arranging, and sharing service flows. I have experience in all aspects of PCO.

REFERENCES

Brent Dyer

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Brent is the current Global Worship Pastor at Champion Forest Baptist Church. 

Curtis Brewer

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Curtis is the former music pastor at First Baptist Odessa.  Curtis & his family have been some of my greatest mentors and supporters throughout my musical life and career.  Curtis knows my heart for worship and has experienced it from the very beginning.

Robert Elkins

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Robert was the Worship Pastor of First Baptist Euless in 2007 when I came on staff. I worked under him for four years while in college. Currently, Robert Elkins serves on the worship team at First Baptist Orlando. 

David Gentiles

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David Gentiles is a worship leader and personal friend.  

Don Ingvardsen

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Don is the current choir president for Champion Forest Choir and personal friend. 

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