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Skills

Mac OS platform and Windows PC platform
Final Cut Pro, ProPresenter, Power Point, Media Shout
Cakewalk/SONAR, ProTools, Finale
Charting, Arranging, Orchestrating
Band leader, Orchestra conductor, Choir director
Vocalist
Guitar, Bass
Piano, Organ, Keyboard

References

Bill Meyer

Former ministry volunteer, long-time friend

Jack Melvin

Current music ministry volunteer and friend

Chris Van Siegman

Former youth pastor, St. Johns Presbyterian

Rev. Dr. Ron Smith

Former senior pastor, St. Johns Presbyterian

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Personal Story

Work History

2007Present

Associate for Worship and the Arts

St. Johns Presbyterian Church (a theologically conservative local congregation)

300 worshippers

Worship & Arts

  • Leads worship and rehearsals for contemporary and traditional services, with worship band and vocalists, choir and technicians.
  • Recruits and develops new talent for music and tech departments.
  • Develops and directs tech and stage design to support seasonal and service themes.
  • Creates video bumpers for sermon series, special topics/events.
  • Designs and coordinates special events and holiday services to connect with the community. Examples include Christmas in Avondale, Ascension Worship concert, Christmas concert with the Edward Waters College choir, “Champions for Christ” Olympic series and Patriot Day service.

Team & Administrative

  • Manages $75 thousand annual budget and 7 contract and part-time employees.
  • Provides technical and musical support for all departments.
  • Oversaw design and renovation of the church’s fellowship hall into the Contemporary Worship Facility.
  • Increased number of active Worship & Arts Ministry participants by 42 percent during a previous period of declining service attendance.

Pastoral

  • Provides pastoral care for Worship & Arts Ministry participants; assists in pastoral care for the overall congregation.
  • Fosters spiritual health of paid and volunteer participants through upholding Biblical standards, teaching on worship, relationship-building, devotional emails and modeling and encouraging a God-honoring lifestyle.
20022006

Interim Worship Pastor & Guest Worship Leader

200 - 1,100 worshippers

Highlights: Interim Worship Pastor at Edwardsville Christian Church & Community Life Church, KS

  • Stabilized and developed worship ministries out of crisis situations.
  • Advised on creative, technical, vision and strategic planning issues.
  • Recruited, trained and rehearsed musical, vocal and tech teams.
  • Led weekly worship services and seasonal and special events.
  • Assisted with congregational pastoral care.

Highlights: Guest Worship Leader

  • Wyandotte County Unification Service, KS (4,000 attendance) 
  • Broken Arrow Assembly, Broken Arrow, OK (1,100 attendance) 
  • Living Hope Nazarene Church, Olathe, KS (200 attendance) 
  • Full Faith Church 40th Anniversary Service, Shawnee, KS (1,000 attendance)
19962002

Worship Pastor

Full Faith Church of Love (now Cross Points Church)

2,500 worshippers

Worship & Arts

  • Led worship services, special events and conferences, supported by worship band, vocalists, 80-member choir and tech team.
  • Selected and arranged music and conducted rehearsals.
  • Directed choir, orchestra, drama ministry, sound and tech.
  • Recruited and developed new talent.

Team & Administrative

  • Served on weekly service planning team.
  • Raised and administered $60-80 thousand annual music budget.
  • Worked with pastoral team, providing musical and artistic support to other departments’ programs.
  • Oversaw design and installation of new sound and video projection systems.

Pastoral

  • Associate pastor/district/cell group pastor for congregation at large.
  • Served as pastor to worship team and 80-member choir.
  • Counseled, made hospital calls and brought individuals in difficult situations into accountability.

Thoughts on Ministry

Ministry Statement

Behold how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head....For there the Lord bestows His blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133, NIV)

These verses have been the foundation stones on which my 18 years of ministry have been built.Experience shows that ministry—and people in general—can have a messy side. But when God’s people come together,united in the purposes of lifting Jesus high, dedicating our lives to growing in Him andliving out the LIFE of God in front of others and with each other, God’s blessings pour down upon us.

Ministry Goal

Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! (Matt. 13:8, NLT)

I see our times of corporate worship accomplishing mainly two things.First, our worship is a personal time for us to minister to the Lord by declaring to Him and to each other His worth and character. Secondly, worship should be a time to cultivate the soil of our hearts so that the Word of God, through the preaching, can be planted deeply and produce a healthy, vibrant and active crop in our lives.

Selected Productions & Special Events

Reaching out with joy and lifting up Jesus so that He will draw people to Himself have been the goals in producing major seasonal theatrical events, patriotic programs, parade participation and worship events. They also have yielded extensive administrative and managerial experience. Examples include:

Christmas in Avondale, St. Johns Presbyterian Church, 2010-2013

  • Repeat invitation by Avondale Shopping District in Jacksonville, FL, to provide music for merchants’ Christmas festival.
  • Contemporary worship team, band, choir and tech team perform sacred and secular holiday favorites for thousands of visitors.
  • As a result, SJPC has seen a 25% increase in regular continuing attendance over the past two Christmas seasons.

Evening of Arts, Full Faith Church of Love, 2001

  • Worked with team to develop a fine arts ministry providing all types of artists with fellowship, outreach occasions and worship of the Lord Jesus through artistic expression.
  • Initial result: an “invite-your-friends” Evening of Arts, featuring a gallery of Christian artists’ works and an hour-long dance and music program.

Behold the Lamb (BTL) Easter Production, Full Faith Church of Love, 1996-2000

  • Led staff and cast of more than 200 volunteers annually in portraying the ministry, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
  • Attracted thousands of people to the 12-show run each year.
  • Utilized professional quality music, drama, dance, special effects, costuming and stage.
  • Stewarded an average $60 thousand show budget each year raised solely from ticket sales.
  • Roles included producer, director, conductor, choir & orchestra director, member of scriptwriting team, songwriter.

Conferences, Events & Professional Development

Recent Conferences & Events

  • Worship leader/musician for outdoor ecumenical Easter sunrise service (with St. Johns Presbyterian, Ortega United Methodist and St. Mark’s Episcopal), with 3,000 in attendance, Jacksonville, FL, 2008 & 2011
  • Judge for preliminary jazz musician finalists, Jacksonville Jazz Festival, 2011
  • Director for Elijah Homeschool Cooperative annual Shakespeare production, Jacksonville, FL, 2009-2012, 2014

Professional Development

  • Catalyst One-Day, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2013
  • Andy Stanley Leadership Conference, Orlando, FL, 2009-2011
  • Gate Ministries Retreat, Nashville, TN, 2011-2013
  • Christ for the Nations International Worship Conference, Dallas, TX, 2008
  • Embassy Music Artist Seminar, Nashville, TN, 2002
  • Small group/Home group pastor training, Bethany World Prayer Center, Pastor Larry Stockstill, Baton Rouge, LA, 1998