Benjamin Ishizuka

Benjamin Ishizuka

Work History

Work History
Feb 2011 - Present

Worship Leader

Water of Life Community Church
  • Work with creative arts staff in the planning and execution of weekend venues and mid-week services (5 weeks in advance).
  • Help develop creative vision for the weekend multi-site venues.
  • Work with worship arts staff in scheduling and rehearsing multi-site venue teams.
  • Help oversee quarterly worship auditions (assessment, placement, and development).
  • Work with the creative arts staff in curriculum development for Proskuneo (School of Worship) and intern development program.
  • Coordinate online scheduling and rehearsing preparations.
  • Create and arrange all live worship tracks and loops.
  • Lead regularly from electric guitar, acoustic, and piano.
  • Help transition worship leaders and interns onto different instrument platforms (i.e. electric guitar, acoustic, and piano).
Oct 2009 - Jan 2011

Pastor of Worship and Arts

Life Community Church
  • Develop and introduce a modern worship program for all adult services.
  • Work with the pastoral staff in developing engaging and dynamic worship services.
  • Oversee and develop all worship and technical programming for all services.
  • Oversee and develop the house sound and media system for modern worship capabilities.
  • Audition and train musicians to be worship leaders, to read music, and to work well in a band/praise team.
  • Plan, arrange, and teach all music selections.
  • Lead regularly from electric guitar, acoustic, and piano.
  • Recruit and train all technical volunteers.
  • Disciple worship and tech volunteers in both a small group and individual basis.
  • Oversee all student ministry worship services.
  • Work with pastoral staff in the creative arts planning for community outreach events.
  • Staff and train technical volunteers for community outreach events.
Oct 2008 - Oct 2009

Refuge Worship Director

United States Air Force: Nellis AFB Chapel
  • Worship Director for the 1800 Contemporary Worship Service. 
  • Responsible for planning, rehearsing, and leading worship for the weekly worship services. 
  • Work with chaplains and volunteers in the creative planning and programming for all contemporary services. 
  • Provide all opening songs, praise/worship, offertory/communion selections, and all other special/holiday music. 
  • Continually introduce and teach new songs to the worship teams. 
  • Develop and teach song arrangements as needed. 
  • Recruit, develop, and schedule music team members for weekly worship services. 
  • Coordinate and train all audiovisual volunteers, ensuring all pre-worship service logistics are carried out.
  • Responsible for working with US Government Spending Budget in the selection of a new base chapel audio and technical system.  
  • Design a method of inventory and storage for all musical and technical equipment.
May 2008 - Jul 2009

Fuse Worship Leader: Sumerlin

Central Christian Church
  • Responsible for planning, rehearsing, and leading worship for the weekly Jr. and Sr. high school Summerlin student worship services.
  • Teach new worship team members how to utilize Planning Center.  
  • Develop current team members and volunteers, while building up new worship leaders and band members. 
  • Create worship application and audition process for new members. 
  • Train all sound and visual volunteers on equipment operation. 
  • Work with student ministry volunteers to create weekly energetic and engaging worship services.  
  • Serve as guest worship leader for the Summerlin adult services.
Aug 2006 - May 2008

East Campus Worship Leader

Azusa Pacific University
  • Responsible for coordinating and scheduling weekly rehearsals with the worship teams. 
  • In charge of song selection, arrangement, charting, clicks, and tracking/looping. 
  • Led the worship team in designing and programming worship for the Monday, Wednesday, and Friday chapels. 
  • Collaborated with Chapel Programs in the designing of the All Community chapels, along with all holiday services. 
  • Collaborate with audio and visual teams in the coordination of all media usage.
Jun 2007 - Jan 2008

Intern Worship Leader

Yorba Linda Friends Church

  • Worship and Creative Arts Intern for the adult main services. 
  • Served as a scheduled worship leader and lead guitarist for the main service. 
  • Responsible for collaborating with the creative team in the programming and creative planning for the main service. 
  • Responsible for the various worship and special music song selection. 
  • Worked with the musical director in leading band rehearsals. 
  • Worked along side the production, technical, and video directors on a weekly basis. 
  • Created the various clicks, tracks, and loops to be used during the main worship service. 
  • Involved with the inter-ministry events and collaboration with the Worship and Creative Arts department.
May 2006 - May 2007

InsideOut Worship Leader

Pomona First Baptist
  • Responsible for planning, rehearsing, and leading worship for the weekly Sr. High School Services.  
  • Utilize Planning Center for all scheduling and rehearsal preparations.
  • Served as co-worship leader for the college ministry and adult services.
  • Develop current team members and volunteers, while building up new worship leaders and band members.  
  • Responsible for all song selections and arrangements.
Jun 2000 - Aug 2004

Jr. / Sr. High Worship Leader

West Valley Christian Church
  • Responsible for planning, rehearsing, and leading worship for the weekly Jr. and Sr. high school worship services. 
  • Served as occasional worship leader for college and adult services. 
  • Set up all audio and visual devices to be used for weekly services. 
  • Create PowerPoint presentations for weekly services. 
  • Train all sound and visual volunteers on equipment operation.

Education

Education
Sep 2004 - May 2008

B.A. in Music

Azusa Pacific University
  • 2008 APU Outstanding Senior Award in Church Music 
  • APU Music Merit Scholarship
  • APU Multi-Ethnic-Leadership Scholar
  • APU Presidential Academic Scholarship