Network Members

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Network Members Alphabetical Listing Quicklinks:

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Rev. Jon Aamodt

Pastor, Five Streams Community Church, Portland, Oregon. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Jon is an ordained minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree. He just began work on planting a new ancient-future church called Five Streams on the West side of Portland. He also works as a chaplain for a 400 member retirement community where, on Sundays, he leads three Eucharistic services. Jon occasionally ministers in other capacities: conducting worship concerts, charismatic/contemplative renewal meetings, Eucharistic services, and special ministry events in the Portland area. Portland area. In 23 years of vocational ministry Jon has served as an associate pastor, church planter, senior pastor, worship leader, and youth pastor. He has also served on recurrent short term ministry trips to India, and also to Africa and Indonesia.

About fifteen years ago Jon was swept into the Ancient-Future River during an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that occurred in his local church. Jon is married to Cheryl and they have three grown children and one teenager still at home. Jon plays guitar and writes worship and secular songs. He occasionally plays secular music at community events. He likes to spend his leisure time in the field with Molly, his German Short Hair Pointer.

Dr. Chris Alford

Pastor, Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community; Founder and Board Chair, Ancient-Future Faith Network, Sacramento, California

A long time worship pastor and now lead pastor of the first evangelical church start built intentionally on Ancient-Future principles, Chris Alford is the founder and Board Chair of the Ancient-Future Faith Network. A native of East Tennessee, Chris came to church-based ministry after several years in the symphony orchestra business where he used his musicology background to plan repertoire, write program notes, and serve as staff musicologist (“Which,” he says, “meant in part that I would help people remember how to spell ‘Dvořák’”).

Chris left his Baptist roots in Tennessee when he was called to a large evangelical Presbyterian church in the Sacramento area, and he now serves in what he calls a “pre-denominational” community of believers, Epiclesis. A ministry veteran with 25 years of service, Chris is a graduate of the first, “Alpha” class of the Institute for Worship Studies, a tireless advocate of all things Ancient-Future, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader. Chris and wife Sheila have two children, Noah and Anna, and a wonderfully useless but beloved bichon frisé named Pepi. Chris is a husband, a father, a pastor, a musician, and a hoot. Back to Top

Rev. Dianna Andrews

Jacksonville, Florida

Dianna is an ordained minister with the Wesleyan Church and has a Master’s of Ministry in Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University’s Wesley Seminary. She has been actively involved in ministry for over thirty years. She lives with her husband, Dennis, a Navy Chaplain currently serving as Command Chaplain at NAS Jax in Jacksonville, FL. Dianna is active in children’s ministry, woman’s ministry, mentoring, and prayer ministries. Her passion is helping others grow in the faith and knowledge of God’s great love and mercy! Back to Top

Doug Asche

Fair Oaks, California

Doug Asche is a founder and former Principal of KASL Consulting Engineers. In addition to acting as Principal in Charge of a number of projects, Mr. Asche was the Corporate Secretary and Managing Partner. KASL was founded in Sacramento in 1982, and the firm provides consulting civil engineering and surveying services to the private sector and local, state and federal governments. KASL’s areas of practice include site development; water supply, treatment and distribution systems; sewage collection, treatment and disposal systems and boundary, topographic and construction surveys. Doug is a founding elder of Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community, and a Board Member of the Ancient-Future Faith Network. Back to Top

Rev. Rick Asche

Lincoln, California

Rick has served the local church for the past 16 years. With over a decade in student ministry, he has also ministered as a church planter, and both a small groups and men’s pastor. Originally from the Sacramento area, Rick has served up and down the West coast, from a beach town in San Diego County, to a mountain community at the gate to Yosemite National Park, to the Portland metro area, and even across the water for a time pastoring a church in Hawaii. As a “dregs”, free-church Evangelical, Rick started becoming unsettled by what he calls the “a-historical anarchy” he was experiencing in his local ministry contexts. In 2010, Rick was introduced to Chris Alford and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies at a Thanksgiving dinner at his uncle’s house. Currently, Rick is a doctoral student in the Omega class at IWS and working on his thesis. “I’m not sure if its God’s sense of humor or divine providence that my mentor, Chris Alford, is an “Alpha” and I’m an “Omega” at IWS….” Rick and his wife Deanne have been married for 15 years. They have 2 daughters, Aubry and Jessalyn, as well as 2 miniature pinschers, Rico and Cole. “I’m more of a hunting dog guy”, Rick said, “but hey, at least they’re not cats!” Back to Top

Jeff Barker

Professor of Theatre and Speech, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa

The Iowa Professor of the Year for 2006, Jeff Barker was raised in Mendota, Illinois. He wrote and produced his first play while in undergraduate school at Greenville College. He went on to earn an M.A. at Northern Illinois University and an M.F.A. at University of South Dakota. While in graduate school, he studied playwriting under Dr. S. Alan Chesler and Dr. Kenn Robbins. Since 1988, he and his wife Karen have held professorships in acting and directing at Northwestern College, where Mr. Barker is also playwright in residence. He has over thirty produced plays to his credit, including “Kin,” which won the Iowa Playwright’s Competition in 2002. “September Bears,” his 9/11-based play appeared off-Broadway in 2003. Barker is also a beloved faculty member at the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Jeff and Karen have three children and make their home in Orange City, Iowa. Back to Top

Dr. Pat Bennett

Professor, Warner University, Lake Wales, Florida

Pat Bennett is a professor at Warner University in Lake Wales. He is husband to the lovely and talented Terry Bennett and proud father to Stephen, an officer in the United States Army. Pat is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (BME), the University of South Florida (MM), and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (DWS). He plays French horn in the Florida Worship Choir & Orchestra. Back to Top

Rev. David Best

Co-Founder and President, Towl & Basin, Nashville, Tennessee; Center for Urban Strategy Development, New York, New York

David Best is a singer, speaker and author who has encouraged thousands of people in over 24 countries to discover their true worth and potential as persons made in the image of God. As co-founder/President of Towel & Basin— an international resourcing group helping individuals and organizations develop their God-given visions— David challenges leaders to combine “success with significance through service,” and bring servant hearts and hands to human hurts. David served nearly seven years as Pastor/Director of The Lamb’s Manhattan Church of the Nazarene and The Lamb’s Center in New York City. Prior to this, he was director of Compassionate Ministries for the Los Angeles District Church of the Nazarene. For over three decades David Best has been actively involved with cross-cultural and urban missions. He has initiated or helped plant new churches, train indigenous leaders and coordinate humanitarian relief projects which have provided well over $10.5 million in assistance to Mexico, Nicaragua, India, the Crimea, The Balkans, the Middle East, and numerous cities across the U.S. David is an award-winning author, songwriter, and singer whose speaking and singing have taken him to colleges, retreats, churches, leadership development seminars, and urban and mission conferences. He has consulted with urban ministries, international mission agencies, other non-profit, and for-profit enterprises. He holds the BA in history and MA in religion with an emphasis on theology and ethics. David is married to Marilyn, a social worker specializing with the elderly and youth. They live in New York City’s historic Harlem neighborhood. Back to Top

Donald Bowes

Elder and Founding Member, Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community, and Treasurer, Ancient-Future Faith Network, Sacramento, California. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Donald holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Dramatic Art from the University of California, Davis. For eight years he worked at being an Actor, Director and Producer in Northern California and also in various related art fields as a song writer and Art Center Director. In 1977, he began a new career in the Real Estate industry and for the next 30 plus years worked in various capacities with Citibank and Bank of the West as an underwriter and as a manager in sales, appraisal and project development. His last position before retiring was as a Vice President for Construction Lending.

All during this time, Donald never stopped participating in the artistic endeavors he loves. For ten years he was a guitarist and worship leader at Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church and has performed in and written and directed several dramatic pieces within the church context— the latest of which is a monologue of “The Road to Emmaus.” Currently, Donald is the percussionist for the worship team at Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community and recently returned from a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain along the Camino de Santiago. He has written a lengthy blog about his experiences there which can be seen by clicking here.

“Retirement” from the business world has afforded Donald the opportunity to devote himself full-time to his passions of writing and serving in various mission fields as well as his responsibilities at Epiclesis. Most recently, he has been a team leader for trips to Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Donald has been married to his lovely wife Heather for 30 years. They have one son, Dylan, who is married to Nicole. They are also both musicians and live and work in Los Angeles. Back to Top

Timothy Braun

Associate Pastor, Martensville Baptist Church, Saskatchewan, Canada

Tim Braun is a pastor and seminary student. For the past ten years he has served as an associate pastor for Martensville Baptist Church, overseeing their worship and discipleship ministries. While ministering in these areas, he was drawn deeper and deeper into the practices and beliefs of the early church. This led him to continue his education at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies where he is currently working on his Masters of Worship Studies.

Tim is married and has two young boys. In their free time they enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, canoeing; really anything that allows them to explore the great outdoors.
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Dr. Steven Brooks

Founder, Worship Quest Ministries, La Mirada, California. AFFN Resource Partner


Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Steven Brooks is a Pastor, Author and Professor of Worship. He has a passion for the local church as well as a desire for training, equipping, and mentoring worship leaders. His primary interests are corporate worship, music in the church, the languages of worship (sacred space, sacred time, and sacred action), and most importantly, spiritual formation in the life of the worshiper.

In addition to serving as the Pastor of Music and Arts in Huntington Beach, California, Steven teaches at Azusa Pacific University, Biola University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. His book, Worship Quest: An Exploration of Worship Leadership is being hailed as a must-have resource for worship leaders and church leadership alike. Steven also founded Worship Quest Ministries, which serves as a resource for church leaders in the process of worship renewal.

He resides in La Mirada, California, with his wife, Brooke, and their two boys, Jacob and Judah.

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Dr. Marc Brown

Minister for Worship and the Arts, First Baptist Church, Mt. Washington, Kentucky

Dr. Marc Brown (DWS, IWS), holds degrees in music and ministry. After ministering in the Washington DC suburbs of Northern Virginia for the last thirteen years, he has recently transitioned back to his “Old Kentucky Home,” serving as the Minister of Worship and the Arts at First Baptist Church of Mt. Washington. Through his work pastoring, planning and leading worship, and writing, Marc seeks to help others recognize and respond to the cycles of holy dialogue that exist in corporate worship as they reveal themselves through means of heart, soul, mind and strength. During our 2016 gathering, Marc will share how he has brought Ancient-Future worship paradigms to both contemporary and traditionally-styled services in the Southern Baptist churches he has served. Back to Top

Robert Brown

Sacramento, California

Watch this space in the coming days for a biographical sketch of Robert.

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A. Patricia Butler

Artist at Large, OM Arts, Stuart, Florida

Pat Butler serves with OM Arts, based in in Atlanta GA, a collective of visual artists, musicians and dancers who use their creative gifts in mission locally and globally. As a visual artist, writer and poet, Pat has led international teams of visual artists in many countries, facilitating art exhibits, camps and workshops, participating in international arts festivals, and teaching Biblical foundations for the arts. She currently serves through writing, teaching and mentoring, primarily in spiritual formation for artists.

Pat entered missions in 1991 with Greater Europe Mission, and worked in France for 12 years. While in Europe, she met AFFN members Dianne and Glenn Collard. She was then seconded to Operation Mobilization in 2006, where she met AFFN member Frank Fortunato. OM Arts formed in 2009; as a founding member, Pat served on the leadership council and as Associate Co-Director. With a passion for the spiritual formation of artists, Pat developed and taught curriculum on the subject for Incarnate, OM Art’s missional training for artists, as Director of Spiritual Formation.

She is the author of 3 poetry chapbooks through Finishing Line Press, and is at work on several manuscripts of both poetry and spiritual formation. Now residing in Stuart, FL, Pat enjoys being warm and any activity in, near, or on the ocean. Back to Top

Mark Chapman

Chaplain, Wycliffe Associates, Orlando, Florida

A retired professional firefighter by trade, Mark was ordained into the Gospel ministry in November 2010 by Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He served as Interim Pastor for a small Southern Baptist church in Fort Myers, Florida, then returned to Anchor as unpaid staff to help with Discipleship and Family ministries. In 2012, Mark was named Chaplain for Wycliffe Associates (WA), a global missions organization based in Orlando, Florida. In 2016, Mark’s became WA’s International Chaplain. Wycliffe Associates involves people in accelerating Bible translation, sending hundreds of staff and volunteers to work around the world. During Mark’s tenure, WA has shifted focus from construction, technology and administration tasks supporting other national and global translation organizations to directly helping local churches and national translation organizations speed their completion of Bible translation.  That is being accomplished with groundbreaking tools, technologies and methods that shave years off the translation process, open access to translation starts worldwide, and develop a real sense of ownership for the local church that will use scripture they translate for themselves in worship, discipleship and spiritual development.  When those churches drive a project forward, translation teams work with all their hearts, and congregations start using Scripture and resources within weeks or months in worship and discipleship. WA’s methods, and the technology and tools they share with translation partners, are keys to providing unlocked (non-copyrighted) Scripture and discipleship resources to local churches anywhere.

Mark’s awareness of Ancient-Future Faith perspectives began under the teaching of Dr. Carl Peters (DWS, IWS), and continues to grow as he helps Wycliffe Associates everywhere enable local churches invigorate their effort to make disciples from every nation, tribe and tongue. Mark’s ministry in prayer, the spiritual disciplines, and pastoral care are informed and fueled by the connection the Holy Spirit makes between faithful congregations today and those first century believers who handed us this Church Christ brings to the world. Back to Top

Dr. Constance Cherry

Professor; Christian Worship and Pastoral Ministry, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana

Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where she directs three distinct worship programs: Christian Worship, Worship Arts, and Worship Pastor. She is also a (beloved) founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Constance is an experienced worship leader, musician, and pastor, having served in local church ministry for many years. She is a published author and composer. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services, is presently used by more than 100 institutions of higher education as a required worship text and will soon be published in its fourth language. Two related volumes, The Special Service Worship Architect (2013) and The Music Architect (2016), complete the Worship Architect trilogy published by Baker Academic. An active hymn writer, her hymns appear in six major hymnals. Constance maintains an extensive schedule of speaking for conferences both nationally and internationally. In addition she teaches regularly for two graduate schools as adjunct professor. Constance is an ordained United Methodist pastor. She is passionate about the local church and focuses her teaching/speaking on equipping leaders to achieve authentic worship renewal by helping them to identify and contextualize transcultural biblical principles that define Christian worship as truly Christian. Back to Top

Bill Cole

Gold River, California. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Bill Cole is an internationally-respected professional speaker, trainer, executive coach, and author of The ABC Formula: Building Your Life’s Enduring Core Values. In 1996, he founded Advanced Business Solutions, Inc. Bill has served Christ as a Presbyterian elder, member of the New Wineskins Association of Churches’ Strategy Team, a founding elder of Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community in Sacramento, California, and serves as a Board Member and CFO for the Ancient-Future Faith Network. Bill is a former collegiate water polo player and an accomplished trumpet player and conductor. When he’s not busy (which is seldom) he and wife Kristy love to travel, especially to keep close connections with many friends and family across California. Back to Top

Dr. Dianne B. Collard

Europe Ministries Director, Artists in Christian Testimony, Int., Matthews, North Carolina

Dianne has been a missionary and intercultural trainer for nearly 30 years. She currently serves as the Europe Ministries director for Artists in Christian Testimony Intl. and is the director of Montage International which embraces her international publications and speaking ministry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech/ Communications from San Francisco State University; a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Doctor of Missiology from Biola University. Dianne is the author of I Choose to Forgive: An Intimate Journey with God. She and her husband, Glenn, have three children and five adorable granddaughters. Back to Top

Dr. Glenn Collard

Director and Creator, Coram Deo International, Charlotte, North Carolina.

A Resource Partner of the AFFN, Glenn Collard heads up coram deo INTERNATIONAL (…before the face of God), a ministry encouraging a resurgence of historic, authentic worship in today’s church. He writs, “The central concept of coram deo INTERNATIONAL is to live every day before the face of God. I believe this is the key to both the spiritual formation of the individual and of the resurgence of the church. The unifying principle is to anchor our current praxis to the ancient church fathers.

“coram deo created the first AFFN Cloister in Charlotte, North Carolina, to be part to the Ancient Future Faith Network. It’s my great privilege to associate with colleagues engaged in this movement.”

Glenn and Dianne are the parents of three children. Their oldest son, Tim, is with the Lord. They have two other grown children, who are married and serving the Lord. They are the proud grandparents of five granddaughters. Glenn and Dianne reside in Charlotte. Back to Top

Norm Covell

Orangevale, California

Norm Covell is a founding Elder of Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community. God blessed him with the vision that became an inspiration for founding the Ancient-Future Faith Network. He’s currently involved in mission ministries at Epiclesis.

Norm became a Christian in high school through his involvement in Young Life and the Christian Endeavor program at the Presbyterian Church. He served two years in the military and volunteered with a Southern Baptist missionary while in Vietnam. Norm served one term as deacon and two terms as elder in the Fresno area and chaired a family center building committee. He taught Sunday School for nine years and served as camp counselor and performed camp volunteer work at Calvin Crest Presbyterian Youth Camp. He has led adult Sunday School classes and led other small groups off and on for 30 years. He also chaired the committee for the development of a mission study for the pastor search in a previous church.

Norm was the Executive Officer for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality District for 20 years before retiring. He had a staff of 89 and a budget of $19 million. He praises God for changing his life so dramatically from what it would otherwise have been. Back to Top

Dr. Doug Cullum

Vice President and Dean, Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, New York

Doug serves as Vice President and Dean, and Professor of Historical & Pastoral Theology at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. His teaching ministry seeks to blend the academic and the practical, with a focus on strengthening and renewing the local church. A lifelong member of the Free Methodist Church, Doug has been active in parish ministry since 1978, serving pastorates until he came to Roberts Wesleyan College in 1994 to serve as College Chaplain. In 1998, Dr. Cullum became one of the founding faculty members of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College. Areas of special interest include Reformation theology and history, Wesley and the Methodist tradition, liturgy and liturgical theology, and nineteenth and twentieth-century American religion.

Professionally, Dr. Cullum participates in the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Wesleyan Theological Society, and the American Academy of Religion. In addition to his ministry at the Seminary, Doug serves as co-pastor at Community of the Savior in Rochester, NY, where his ministry focuses on the areas of oversight, vision, and preaching. He holds degrees from Drew University (Ph.D.), Duke Divinity School (Th.M.), Asbury Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Asbury College (B.A.).

Doug and his wife, Joyce, have four children and five grandchildren. Back to Top

Dr. Lisa Deam

Hickory, North Carolina. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Lisa Deam is an award-winning author and speaker who uses art of the Christian past to illuminate modern faith. She was drawn to the Ancient-Future Faith Network because of her interest in medieval maps, which she believes to be an important early church resource for renewing our faith and worship today. She leads spiritual formation workshops using medieval maps and medieval spiritual principles to shed light on our personal journeys with Christ. Lisa is a frequent contributor to The Cresset, the Christian literary journal of Valparaiso University, and is the winner of an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press. She is completing a book on medieval world maps as tools for spiritual reflection. When not roaming the Middle Ages, Lisa lives in Hickory, North Carolina, with her husband and two young children. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is an active member of her church. Back to Top

Chris Deeves

Director of Creative Arts, Lakeside Church, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

God brought Chris to Lakeside Church in late 2001 after he had received a BA in Music and was teaching private music lessons. In 2006 Chris joined the Staff Team after serving for 4 years on the worship music team. Chris’ main areas of focus are to curate worship experiences in a team environment and to lead & mentor creatives & artists at Lakeside.

Chris is married to his beautiful wife Theresa and has two sons – Sebastian & William. Chris is currently working on his Masters of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute of Worship Studies where he is learning about worship renewal and how to implement it in our context.

Chris’ life verse is Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
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Rev. Gary DeSha

Founder and Director, Symphony Ministries, Alexandria, Minnesota

Bishop Gary is the founding director of Symphony Ministries in Alexandria, Minnesota. Symphony Ministries endeavors to seek out the lost in a dark and dreary world. It is a ministry that seeks to nurture new holy ones; to build up, and not beat up, to nourish, and not starve, to encourage all those who belong to Christ, to lead those dear ones to repentance and faith; acting as beacons radiating the glory of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness.

This ministry began at the call and beckoning of God upon his heart. It is his deep desire to share Jesus Christ and the salvation found only in His Name. By the help and power of God’s Holy Spirit, he responds to our Lord command to preach the Gospel “to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” (Acts 26:18)

Symphony Ministries is a confluence of the Reformed/Evangelical, Sacramental/Liturgical and Pentecostal traditions of the historic Christian Church. These Christian traditions share the common bond of hunger to know God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by means of His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, a confluence of Christian traditions is the contemporary evidence of God’s continuing activity in history to renew, reform, replenish and unify His people in one heart and purpose in Christ. This arose out of a common desire and hunger to experience the Holy Spirit led fullness of Christian worship and spirituality.

It continues to be his life’s desire to love God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength, and his neighbor as himself. He seeks to continue to fulfill God’s call on his life by preaching and teaching the Word of God and saving Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and building up and equipping the saints for ministry. He is a graduate of Crown College, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministry. Back to Top

Dr. Dale Dirksen

Website Moderator, Canadian Centre for Worship Studies, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Dale has more than 28 years of professional and ministry experience including the roles of seminary professor, pastor, administrator, and professional musician. He has degrees in music, Christian education, leadership, and has a Doctor of Worship Studies degree. He is also a certified executive coach (Royal Roads University, Victoria, CANADA). Dale currently serves in an executive pastor role at Forest Grove Community Church in Saskatoon, Canada, and is the moderator of the Canadian Centre for Worship Studies website. Dale is married and has two beautiful daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. Back to Top

Paul Dubuc

Columbus, Ohio

I have an MA degree in practical theology with a concentration in spiritual formation from Ashland Theological Seminary. I also have training and experience in spiritual direction. I currently work full time as a computer software engineer.

I have a developing passion for learning about, and living out, the teachings of ancient Christianity. I’m very interested in the work of Robert Webber and Thomas Oden as well as others like Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Eugene Peterson and Gerald Sittser among others. I would be interested in meeting people with similar interests. Back to Top

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The EdenPromise Community of Called Out Believers International

Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

The EdenPromise Community of Called Out Believers International is a Community of Christian Faith, seeking to RE:Discover Real Christian Community, RE:Do the way we do Church and RE:Connect the message of the Gospel with the hearts of dying world. Orthodox and Broadly Evangelical, Neo-Arminian, Pentecostal-Charismatic in nature, with a respect for Tradition and Wesleyan Theology. Back to Top

Josh Flood

Partner, Repentant Pilgrim, Sacramento, California. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Josh masquerades as an entrepreneur and a business leader, but deep down he is a pastor. He spent the first 15 years of his professional life in the pastorate. After he attended San Jose State University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he worked as a children’s, youth, and young adult minister at a few churches. In 2008 Josh turned his effort to business as a tool of stewardship and worship. Now Josh leads several companies across a broad spectrum of industries. He is the President of Pay Yourself First, Inc., the COO of Clinical & Herbal Innovations, Inc., Director of Technical Strategy for the Financial Crisis Prevention Center, and Founder of The Well Sacramento.

Josh brings a creative approach to spiritual disciplines and a passion for some of the forgotten habits of evangelical Christianity like iconography, the festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), and the role of business in the mandate of the church. Josh lives a private life with his wife Sonja and their 4 children near Sacramento, California. His wife, Sonja, is the artist behind Repentant Pilgrim, one of the Resource Partners of the Ancient-Future Faith Network. Of all the people on this page, Josh says he’s the least musically talented, and probably the least likely to be found on Sunday morning in a church. Back to Top

Dr. Frank Fortunato

Founder, Heart Sounds, International, Peachtree City, Georgia

Frank Fortunato has served in music ministry his entire lifetime. He taught college music courses followed by music ministry with Operation Mobilization’s mission ships. Frank completed Master’s studies in ethnomusicology and a doctorate in worship from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Missional Relations for the Webber Institute. He is the founder of OM’s Heart Sounds International, a ministry producing indigenous worship recordings mostly in the restricted parts of the world. Frank co-authored All the World is Singing—Glorifying God through the worship music of the nations, and co-edited Worship and Mission for the Global Church-an Ethnodoxology Handbook. Frank’s wife Berit, from Sweden teaches elementary grades. The Fortunatos have two grown children and two adopted children from India. They are based at the OM USA headquarters in Atlanta. Back to Top

Edward Frost

Pastor, Christ The Way, Goffstown, New Hampshire

Eddy Frost pastors a new-start Church of the Nazarene in urban Manchester, New Hampshire, called Christ The Way, which meets in a cafe in downtown Manchester. In the Wesleyan tradition, his heart is to live out and grow a church that embraces science and technology and the intellectual life as acts of worship, with the ancient sacramental and liturgical wealth of our church traditions. Liturgy and sacrament help us to embrace the mystery of the Christian life and of God Himself. Back to Top

Dr. Teresa Gardner

Founder and Director, Zion Center for Worship and the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Teresa Gardner has long held a vision for seeing the arts restored for the glory of God and is the Director of Zion Center for Worship and the Arts (ZCWA)– a center for worship training through biblical study and technical artistic development based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Teresa has also directed the Resurrection Dance Ministry (of Resurrection Lutheran Church) for over thirty years– training worship dancers of all ages, assisting other churches in establishing dance ministries, and presenting God’s Story through movement in local, national and international venues. As a Conference Teacher and Clinician, Teresa has taught in many nations on Biblical Worship and Worship Expression. Teresa teaches on both the personal and corporate expressions of offering our worship to God through movement-– from the simplest gestural expressions to the more developed movement language of the trained dancer. Whether in the “free praise” church environment or the higher liturgical church setting, Teresa’s experiences in multi-denominational, international and multi-cultural worship settings provide rich resources for understanding the appropriate development and application of worship movement expression for individual ministry and church settings.

Teresa recently received her Doctorate of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Her doctoral project on The Biblical and Theological Foundations of Dance Ministry has provided the basis for ZCWA’s newest venue of biblical worship arts education and training through online courses ( Teresa resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where for 35 years she has been surrounded and supported by wonderful communities of faith. Israel also plays an important role in Teresa’s life and ZCWA’s ministry. From 1999-2010 Teresa served with the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem as Dance Company Manager for the annual Christian Celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. Ongoing trips to Israel provide worship and educational opportunities for others to learn with ZCWA of our Ancient-Future connection with this land. Back to Top

Dr. Martha Garmon

Minister of Worship and Music, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois

Martha Garmon is the Minister of Worship and Music at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Palatine, Illinois, where she plans the worship services, oversees the music of the church, directs the presentation of Scripture in worship and oversees all the technical aspects of worship. She is a Commissioned Minister and Director of Parish Music for the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Martha holds a Bachelor of Applied Music in Flute and Piano from Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas, a Masters of Church Music in Choral Conducting from Concordia University, Mequon, Wisconsin, and holds the doctoral degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Back to Top

Dr. Shawn Gingrich

Director of Music Ministry, First United Methodist Church, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Shawn Gingrich is Director of Music Ministry leading the choirs and praise teams and serving as organist. He holds undergraduate degrees from Lebanon Valley College, a Master of Music from Westminster Choir College, and the Doctor of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. In addition to his church work Shawn is an adjunct music instructor at Messiah College in Grantham and is the Pennsylvania sales representative for Malmark Bellcraftsmen. Back to Top

Dr. Ouida Harding

New York, New York. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Ouida is a native New Yorker (Harlem) where her father, Rev. Walter L. Harding (one of the founders of the local association), served as pastor of St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church for fifty-three years. On the job training in church music ministry began at St. Luke when, at 12, she was assigned to assist the Minister of Music (Mrs. Harding), until she left New York in 1971. In 1975, Ouida’s military assignment permitted her to return immediately after her mother’s sudden illness, and her role in church music ministry resumed. Ouida graduated from City College of New York (BFA, 1988) and in 2003 received a Master of Arts in Church Music from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, Georgia, to which she commuted weekly from New York. After dialogue with Dr. J. Wendell Mapson Jr. and completion of Dr. Melva Costen’s African-American Christian Worship course at ITC, Ouida decided to restructure her life’s work with the training mission to enhance the ministry of church choirs, serve as pastoral consultant, and grow church musicians, especially in the Black Church.

Ouida’s love for Christ through choir ministry has placed her in great demand throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, Barbados, and Port Limon, Costa Rica, to explore gospel music first as something other than a job or a hobby; and on December 30, 2007, Ouida was licensed by Dr. Winston R. Rudolph and the congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Pompano Beach, Florida, as a Minister of Music to preach the gospel through the ministry of music and set standards for leadership in church music ministry. Back to Top


Dr. James R. Hart

President, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, Florida

James R. Hart serves as the President of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS). During his tenure at IWS he has held positions as Dean of Students, Dean of Administration and Provost. In June of 2007 he was inaugurated as the second president of IWS. Dr. Hart has been involved in worship leadership and music ministry for over 30 years, and has taught in the areas of worship, theology and music in various colleges and seminaries, including Asbury Theological Seminary, Christ for the Nations Institute, and Oral Roberts University. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Oral Roberts University in Sacred Music, a Masters of Music from the University of Tulsa, and the Doctor of Worship Studies from the Institute for Worship Studies. He is a published composer/arranger, songwriter and author. Dr. Hart and his wife Carol have three daughters along with a female dog, a female cat, and a fish that is anyone’s guess. Back to Top

Dr. Jennifer Harris Clayton

Founder and Director, The Wounded Worshiper Refuge, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Jennifer writes “I am a currently unemployed church leader and music minister. I am a third generation church leader and have served as everything from piano player, furniture mover and wallpaper hanger to music and worship director, women’s ministry, Bible study facilitator and creator of a children’s curriculum on worship. I have a bachelor and master’s degree in music from the University of Michigan and a DWS (Beta II class) from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

“The Wounded Worshiper Refuge is a newly-forming retreat ministry birthed by the Spirit out of my seemingly unrelated life and work experiences. I am humbled and excited by the evidence of God’s favor and grace as this project gets underway.” Back to Top

Dr. Rob Hewell

Professor, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Rob Hewell is Director of the Worship Studies Program and Chair of the Department of Worship Arts at Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), and is a member of OBU’s Christian Studies and Fine Arts/Music faculties. Prior to joining the faculty in 2001 he was on the staff of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention for eight years, and before that was a full-time music minister and worship pastor for fifteen years. Rob’s book Worship Beyond Nationalism: Practicing the Reign of God was published by Wipf & Stock (2012). His research and writing interests are primarily focused on the faithfulness of the church’s worship and its witness in the world. He is also a long-time contributor to various periodicals, with more than eighty articles and book reviews in publication. Rob holds degrees from San Francisco Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MCM), and Midwestern State University (BME). Additional professional activities include being a Resident Fellow and Professor of Worship at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute, and membership in the International Council of Ethnodoxologists. Rob and his wife Cyndy live in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Back to Top

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Dr. Mark Jonah

Assistant Professor of Worship Arts, LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas

Mark joined the faculty of LeTourneau University in the fall of 2010, where he teaches Foundations of Christian Ministry, Worship Leadership, Foundations of Worship, Multimedia and Technology for Worship, and the University Chorus. He is experiencing the temperatures of East Texas that are quite different from his home country of Canada! Most recently living in Alberta, Canada, the move to Texas has included seeing many familiar things– oil rigs, cowboys, and half-ton trucks. Mark’s experience in worship arts has been challenged and stretched through formal studies and has been realized and practiced through church ministry.

With close to 25 years of experience in worship arts ministry in local churches, Mark is excited to be part of the team at LeTourneau developing a new degree focusing on worship arts. The beginning of the Worship Arts degree took place in fall, 2011. Originally from the East coast of Canada, and a veteran of worship ministry, Mark has studied and worked across Canada, including churches in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Kitchener, and Moncton. Mark and his wife Jennifer are parents to three active and talented teens. Mark received his doctoral degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (2009), a master’s in theology from Tyndale College and Seminary (2001), and did his bachelor’s work at the University of Waterloo (1991) and Briercrest Bible College (1986). Back to Top

Rev. Jonathan Jones

Associate Pastor, First Baptist Church, Slaton, Texas

Jonathan Michael Jones is a Christian music artist and minister. He has completed graduate studies in music and worship and enjoys a sought schedule as a performer, worship leader, and speaker. Although Jonathan’s primary ministry role currently stands as the Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church Slaton, TX, he takes as many available opportunities as possible to minister outside his current context. Jonathan is a fluent writer and composer having published hymns and articles in various media resources. He has albums for sale at most major digital retail outlets and has traveled the world extensively taking part in global missions and instilling a passion for worship around the world and in the people he ministers to. Jonathan is a versatile and eclectic musician fluent in pop/contemporary, choral, traditional, and instrumental/piano and a confident speaker with the ability to clearly communicate gospel truth. His desire is to see the gracious King glorified above all. Back to Top

Dr. Lou Kaloger

Pastor, Tampa Covenant Church, Tampa, Florida

Lou Kaloger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has served as a pastor at Tampa Covenant Church since 2000. In addition to his responsibilities at Tampa Covenant, Lou teaches courses on the history and theology of religious imagery and architecture at Trinity College of Florida and is a regular contributor to Relief Journal. He has been married to Angela since 1978. They have three wonderful daughters, a great son-in-law, and two stinkin’ cute granddaughters. Back to Top

Dr. Jacob Kaufman

Chair, Department of Music, Central Christian College, McPherson, Kansas

Dr. Jacob Kaufman, current Chairman of the music department and director of the contemporary Christian music program at Central Christian College, has a Master of Arts degree in Christian Thought from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies (D.W.S.) from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, Florida. Some courses taught by Dr. Kaufman include the following: practical theology of worship arts, ministry team, jazz band, songwriting performance lab, contemporary culture and worldview, and guitar lessons.

Being a Kansas native, Jacob and his family enjoy the simplistic life of the Great Plains. If not working at the college, one might see Jacob woodwork, gardening, fishing, reading or listening to vinyl records. He enjoys the relationships he encounters while teaching and loves to drink good coffee talking about life, music, and theology with students. Most of all, Jacob loves spending time with his wonderful wife and three kids: Saige, Violet, and Jett. Back to Top


Dr. Ellen Koehler

Director of Music and Liturgy, Epiclesis, Sacramento, California. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersEllen Koehler, a Resource Partner of the AFFN, has been director of music and liturgy at Epiclesis since the community’s first meetings in 2009. She studied musicology and piano performance at Oregon State University before moving to the Sacramento area in 1988. As a church musician for some 25 years, she has served as sanctuary pianist, organist and choral accompanist in diverse styles– from classic and traditional to contemporary. She has also played in chamber music and orchestral settings and worked in instrumental and choral composition and arranging. Her great joy these days is in composing and arranging music for Ancient-Future worship.

Ellen holds a Ph.D. in Intellectual and Cultural History from the University of California, Davis, with specialties in religious history and nineteenth-century France, and has held lectureships at UCLA and UCD. She and her husband, Loren, enjoy travel, hiking and photography. They are blessed with three grown children and five grandchildren. Back to Top

Rev. Karl Lin

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Karl is presently working on his Doctor of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institutes for Worship Studies. He graduated from Tyndale Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies in 2004, and was called to be a full-time church-planting pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance of Canada in 2006. Karl is now a Pastor-at-Large with the C&MA and also the property manager for K Lin Music. Karl’s first career was a civil engineer for the City of Brampton for 30 years. He has a great interest in people, places, and history. Karl loves reading, shopping, gardening, and house renovation.

Khiet and Karl have been married for 36 years. As a ministry team, they planted a new Chinese Alliance Church in Newmarket, Ontario (2006-2012). They are now involved in the church planting ministry of the Toronto China Bible Church in Markham, Ontario. Khiet and Karl teach God’s Story, a meta-narrative of God’s redemptive story from Genesis to Revelation. Studying and understanding the whole story of God has greatly enriched and enhanced their service and worship of God.

Khiet and Karl have three adult children, and one granddaughter. Their family live and work in the Greater Toronto Areas. Back to Top

Dr. Khiet Lin

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Khiet received her Doctor of Worship Studies at the Robert E. Webber Institutes for Worship Studies in June 2013; Master of Theological Studies at Tyndale Seminary in May 2007; and Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in 1984. Khiet has been a piano teacher since 1980. She is the owner and director of K Lin Music in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Khiet grew up as a PK (Pastor’s kid) with six other siblings; she has served as a pianist, choir director, and Bible teacher in many churches.

Khiet and Karl have been married for 36 years. As a ministry team, they planted a new Chinese Alliance Church in Newmarket, Ontario (2006-2012). They are now involved in the church planting ministry of the Toronto China Bible Church in Markham, Ontario. Khiet and Karl teach God’s Story, a meta-narrative of God’s redemptive story from Genesis to Revelation. Studying and understanding the whole story of God has greatly enriched and enhanced their service and worship of God.

Khiet and Karl have three adult children, and one granddaughter. Their family live and work in the Greater Toronto Areas. Back to Top

Dr. John H. Lindsell

Senior Associate, MPK&D Consulting, Atlanta, Georgia

John serves as the Chair of the Board for the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Jacksonville, Florida, and is also on the board of the Stony Brook School, an independent school located in Stony Brook, New York. Dr. Lindsell has served as Head of School for 20 years in the Southeastern United States. His leadership and vision led significant advancement across numerous platforms including the design and execution of master facility plans and strategic road maps, program expansion and curriculum revision, oversight of the accreditation and re-accreditation processes, and presiding over nearly $20 million in capital campaigns. John’s biggest success was raising $13.5 million during the recent recession to build a new state-of-the-art high school building at Whitefield Academy in Atlanta. His experience as a general contractor was a valuable asset on that project and many others.

John began his career in education in 1979 as a high school English teacher in the Northeast. After attending graduate school at Harvard University, he entered administration as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Finance for the Merrimack Public Schools in New Hampshire. In 1994, John relocated to Augusta, Georgia. where he served as Head of School and CFO at the Westminster Schools. Three headships followed in Alabama, Georgia, and Texas, providing experience in both independent and faith-based schools. In the area of advancement, John has worked closely with school staff, foundation, and advancement consulting firms to raise gift support for the schools he headed. He has a comprehensive understanding of advancement and best practices.

John continues as a Visiting Faculty member at the Harvard University Summer School, teaching there for more than 30 years. John also taught at Kennesaw State University in Georgia as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, directing a Master’s Program for Independent School educators. His courses include Financial Management of Nonprofits, Educational Leadership and Practice, Educational Law, and Institutional Advancement in Independent Schools.

John earned a B.A. in English Literature from Wheaton College and an M.T.S. in Church History magna cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Harvard University awarded his Ed.M. and Ed.D. in Administration, Policy and Social Planning.

John and his wife, Stephanie, have two daughters and three grandchildren. Back to Top

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Rev. Ryan Mackey

Lecturer of Music History and Technology, Central Christian College of Kansas, McPherson, Kansas

Bishop Ryan Mackey currently serves as Lecturer of Music History and Technology at Central Christian College of Kansas (McPherson, KS) and Auxiliary Bishop to the Presiding in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches.

Ryan holds a MA in Christian Ministry from Friends University and a MMus in Music History/Literature from Wichita State University. He has a passion for music and enjoys most everything from Gregorian chant to electronica. He composes and performs electronic music under the pseudonym synaxis.

Ryan enjoys discussing the finer points of liturgy, electronic music, spiritual formation, ecumenism, or most anything else over a good cup of coffee. He resides in his native state of Kansas with his wife, Allison, and their cats.

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Dr. David Manner

Associate Executive Director, Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, Topeka, Kansas

Dr. David Manner is the Associate Executive Director for the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists and has served on the convention staff since 2000. His ministry responsibilities include worship consultation and leadership development. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.

David has led worship and leadership conferences with numerous churches, conventions and educational institutions including serving as an adjunct faculty partner for graduate intensives at Liberty University Center for Music and Worship. He also had the opportunity to teach worship courses in January 2014, for the Kenya Baptist Theological College, Nairobi, Kenya. David writes for various online and print publications and can be followed on his Worship Evaluation Blog. Back to Top

Rev. Gene McCallips

Pastor, Fairbrook United Methodist Church, State College, Pennsylvania

I have served a variety of United Methodist congregations since 1978 in central Pennsylvania. I currently serve as the Director of Transitional Consultations for the Susquehanna Annual Conference of the UMC and as the Assisting Elder to the District Superintendent of the State College District of the UMC. I have worked in the area of worship renewal and became friends with Dr. Robert Webber in the 1990s when I served a congregation in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, area near a facility where Bob’s mother was residing. We hosted one of his Worship Conferences for several hundred participants and enjoyed his challenging and stimulating way of looking at worship as a holy encounter.

The small church that I serve part-time has enjoyed growth, in part, because we offer a culturally-tuned worship experience that includes classic hymns as well as modern songs of worship. I am available to do consultations with local congregations in the areas of worship and visioning. MY training has come principally through Fuller Seminary and the Alban Institute. Back to Top

Rev. Christopher J. Montgomery, O.S.L.

Pastor, Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Rev’d Christopher J. Montgomery, O.S.L., is pastor of Sermon on the Mount Mennonite Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He is a vowed member of the Order of Saint Luke, an ecumenical religious order dedicated to sacramental spirituality and liturgical scholarship. Prior to his pastoral work in South Dakota, he served in various pastoral positions in worship and the arts in evangelical and Anabaptist contexts in Pennsylvania and Arkansas. He holds degrees in music (BA, Ouachita Baptist University) and ministry leadership (MDiv, Biblical Theological Seminary), and has professional training in conflict mediation. He will finish his Doctor of Worship Studies degree in spring 2016, with research focused on sacramentality and the Kingdom of God. Back to Top

Rev. David Morrison

Pastor (Retired), Pollock Pines, California

David has served as a teaching pastor, worship leader, choral leader, and vocal coach, working in Christian Education and Youth Ministry. He married Lind in 1964 and they have four children and nine grandchildren. David earned his MWS from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, and a BS from Corban College. David is a classic car owner and a keyboard artist. These days, David is serving as an interim pastor in the beautiful Sierra Nevada foothills. Back to Top

Dr. Dean Moyer

Pastor, Connections and Spiritual Formation, Lake Forest Church-Westlake, Stanley, North Carolina

We recently relocated to Denver, NC where I serve as pastor of connections and spiritual formation at Lake Forest Church – Westlake. After over 30 years of serving as a worship pastor, this new position allows me a broadened influence by using my gifts and experience to create relational pathways for guests and giving shape to spiritual formation through worship, group life and serving opportunities. Since 2010 I have also served as a Teaching Assistant for the DWS 701 class of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Back to Top

Dr. Bob Myers

Lead Pastor, First Baptist Church, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Bob is an eclectic pastoral musician who embraces and employs a wide variety of musical styles in his ministry. Raised in a conservative Baptist home, he grew up on gospel hymns. Privileged to come of age in Southern California during the late sixties and early seventies, he was deeply influenced by the Jesus People Movement and its offspring, Contemporary Praise and Worship. Classical hymnody and choral music are other deeply held passions which were nurtured in his bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. He graduated from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2007. In 2005, Huntington University hired him to design and launch their new undergraduate program in worship leadership. Missing his grandkids, he relocated to Sioux Falls, SD, for a worship pastor position in 2010. But like many in the Ancient-Future Stream, he had already been “ruined” and found it challenging to minister in a setting where his philosophy and ecclesiology did not align. In 2012, he “turned to the dark side” and became a lead pastor where he has found more freedom to shape the values and culture of the church.

Bob is passionate about restoring the local church to health and missional effectiveness using worship renewal as a primary pathway toward that end. He is married and has two children, four grandchildren, and one spoiled little white dog. Back to Top


Dr. Jonathan Nelms

Pastor, Covenant Church, Cookeville, Tennessee

Dr. Jonathan Nelms serves as lead pastor of Covenant Church, Cookeville, Tennessee. After serving as associate pastor/music at First Baptist Church, Cookeville, for 18 years, Jonathan responded in faith to plant the Covenant Church in August, 2011. Covenant is a Baptist church built on a covenantal ecclesiology that values ancient-future worship, relational discipleship, and missional living. Jonathan is a graduate of Belmont University, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He comments that God used the latter of these institutions to spark a holy restlessness that led to the founding of the Covenant Church. Jonathan and his wife Glenda have two teenage sons, Nathan and John Philip, who are actively involved in living out their faith as the body of Christ. Back to Top

Dr. Nancy Nethercott

TEAM – GROW Center, Wheaton, Illinois

As a missionary in Japan from 1987 to 2015, one of Nancy’s main ministries was planning and leading worship services in Japanese and International churches. In 2006 Nancy received a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. She also has an M.A. in Linguistics and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the William Carey International University, CA, and a B.A. in Social and Intellectual History from Bethel University, MN. In Asia, besides teaching in churches and at conferences in Japan, Nancy has taught at Grace Music Institute, Yangon, Myanmar and at the 2015 Global Consultation on Music and Missions, Chiang Mai, Thailand; in the US, at Liberty University (VA), Judson University (IL) and Northern Seminary (IL).

Nancy is passionate about bringing life and renewal into all aspects of the worship life of the church. To see this happen she coordinated a team to facilitate Alleluia! Seminars (worship renewal workshops) in local churches, conferences, and schools in Japan and other parts of Asia. Ancient-Future worship is an important component of these seminars. In 2013 Nancy was appointed the Co-Director of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies’ newly formed Global Renewal of Worship Center (IWS GROW Center), working alongside Dr. Frank Fortunato to see “movements of worship, leading to transformed lives among all peoples.”

Currently living in Wheaton, Illinois, with her husband, Paul, and daughter, Naomi, Nancy enjoys worshiping while swimming, walking, baking and cooking. The family feels blessed to participate in Church of the Savior Anglican Church in Wheaton. Back to Top

Marcy Paynter

Creative Ministries Pastor, Gateway Church, Langwarrin, Victoria, Australia

My husband and I have been pastoring Gateway church for 30 years. I have a background in Teaching and the Arts. Our church has a strong emphasis on using the Arts to communicate the Gospel and we also run a community Theatre company. When I am not planning services, running rehearsals or writing scripts, I am trying to do my own painting! I have 2 grown and married children and 1 husband 🙂 Back to Top


Dr. Carl Peters II

Pastor, Anchor Baptist Church, Lexington, Kentucky

Carl Peters is married to Reneé and has three sons: Daulton, Kendall, and Hayden. Having served churches in Michigan, Kentucky, Florida, and California, Carl is pastor at the Anchor Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky (since 2006). As a proponent of the Ancient-Future principles so brilliantly articulated by Dr. Robert Webber, Carl has given special attention in His church settings to the central place of covenant renewal as a defining factor in scripturally -informed worship. Believing that the covenantal components of Word and Sign are meant to be twin peaks within the biblically prescribed “four-fold pattern” of worship (Gathering, Word, Table and Sending Forth), Carl has spent the last twelve years pursuing renewal in the vital nature of the Table in the Christian sacred assembly. Further, Carl has worked to implement a catechetical structure within a traditional Baptist setting. Utilizing Webber’s “Journey to Jesus” as a model, progress is being made in the initiation of this four stage discipleship strategy, derived from the early church, as a normative facet of church membership at Anchor.

Along with teaching worship and choral seminars in several states across the country, Carl also has several published articles on worship, including a Creator Magazine piece on returning the Table to its proper place (“Real Presence: Renewal at the Lord’s Table”). Carl writes a blog dealing with many of the issues that animate his work. Back to Top

Rev. Dr. Greg Peters

Priest in Charge/Associate Professor, Anglican Church of the Epiphany/Biola University, La Mirada, California

The Rev. Dr. Greg Peters is the Priest-in-Charge of Anglican Church of the Epiphany and Associate Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology at Biola University, both in La Mirada, CA. As well, he is a visiting professor at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin and at St. John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, MN. He has an M.A. in Christian history from St. John’s and a Ph.D. in historical theology from St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. Greg publishes regularly in the area of spirituality and monastic studies and is a Benedictine oblate and retreat leader at St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA. He has been married to Christina since 1994 and has two boys: Brendan and Nathanael. When given the opportunity he loves to travel in Europe, especially Italy. Back to Top

Dr. Jonathan Powers

Director of Student Ministries, World Gospel Mission, Asbury University, Wilmore, Kentucky

Jonathan serves with his wife, Faith, and daughter, Audrey, as the director of student ministries for World Gospel Mission at Asbury University. He is also an adjunct professor of worship at both Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2013, he received a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, FL. Jonathan assists with the musical leadership and worship design in the Offerings Community of First United Methodist Church, Lexington, KY. Jonathan is the author of 12 Days of Christmas Sermons, and co-author with Jason Jackson and Teddy Ray of Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Tradition, both published by Seedbed. Back to Top

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 Dr. Donald P. Richmond, Obl SB

Reformed Episcopal Church (ACNA), Apple Valley, California

The Very Rev. Dr. Donald P. Richmond, for many years an Anglican priest, upon resigning Holy Orders at the end of 2015, has retained his long-time formal association with monasticism. Trained in in various schools that deal with the intersection of Theology and the Arts, including work in Byzantine Iconography, Richmond has a keen interest in how monastic practice intersects with daily life, most especially as it relates to Christian Psychology, Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation. A “widely published author,” Richmond’s current efforts have focused upon a set of visual reflections on the Rule of St. Benedict (Published under the title “The Art of Lectio”) and has just completed a similar series on Thomas ‘a Kempis’ Imitation of Christ. In keeping with his previous ministerial emphasis and training in the past, Richmond is currently employed as a Counselor / Educator with people experiencing chemical and behavioral addictions with co-occurring mental health disorders. Back to Top


Jim Robertson

Interface Worship, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Jim Robertson is a lay liturgist and a worship innovator. His first foray into alternative worship was in 2004 with Altarwalk, a station-based devotional created for the Christian Dance Fellowship of Canada’s national conference. Since then, he has developed a broad repertoire of alternative worship practices and events that he coordinates through his Interface Worship initiative. A restless innovator, Jim has explored the use of prayer bowls as tactile mantras in contemplative practices, written experiential liturgies for high points in the church calendar, created devotional exercises, designed liturgical sculptures, planned creative worship retreats, and crafted many rituals and liturgical components to be used within alternative worship events. Jim’s major events have become known as lavish celebrations of art and devotion, often featuring multiple artists creating prophetic works, hundreds of feet of fabric, blends of ancient and modern devotional practices, multiple prayer stations, unique Eucharistic rituals that portray the event theme, and a serious probing of deeper theological concepts through the experience of worship. Photos of some of his work can be viewed here. Amazingly, Jim maintains a day job as a criminal lawyer. Robertson is an Ancient-Future Faith Network Resource Partner. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, with his wife Darlene, and has four grown children. Back to Top

Dr. Gary Rushing

Worship Pastor and Technical Arts Director, Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, Florida

I was raised and am ordained Southern Baptist but have been blessed to serve in various churches and denominations for over 35 years. I have always service as a worship pastor but also have 12 years of youth ministry as well. I received my Bachelor in Music at Southwest Baptist University in 1984, my Master of Arts in Communications in 1989, and finally my Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2016.

I embrace Ancient-Future and convergence worship philosophies and models in my personal and pastoral life. Back to Top

Dr. Lester Ruth

Research Professor of Christian Worship, Duke Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

Lester Ruth is a historian of Christian worship with particular interests in the early church and the last 250 years, especially the history of contemporary worship. He is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style. He believes that careful reflection on the worship of other Christians—whether past or present, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox—can serve to enrich the church today.

Lately he has been bringing that approach to inspire contemporary songwriters, having grown concerned about the lack of a Trinitarian dimension in so much worship music.

Dr. Ruth is a member of the Charles Wesley Society and will serve as president until the spring of 2016. He is currently working on writing a history of contemporary worship to be published through Abingdon Press in 2017. Back to Top

Edwin Searcy

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. AFFN Resource Partner

Resource-PartnersA Resource Partner of the AFFN, Ed Searcy’s particular pastoral calling has been to aid in the recovery of the distinctive features of Christian identity in the church. He notices that the North American church regularly suffers from communal amnesia that leads to anxiety and despair, draining energy and nerve. Ed’s passion is to assist in the cultivation of courageous and compassionate congregations that are unashamed in their love of the gospel and of the God who, in Jesus, has called them into existence. The creation of the unique Salt of the Earth Christian Seasons Calendar emerged from his desire to immerse congregational life in the formative rhythms of the Christian year.  His blog – Holy Scribbler – includes a number of postings on life shaped by the gospel narrative that forms the Christian calendar.

Born and raised in small town British Columbia, Ed grew up in manses as the eldest child of a minister of The United Church of Canada. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of BC, the Master of Divinity degree from the Vancouver School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. The first year of his Masters studies was spent at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Ordained by the British Columbia Conference of The United Church of Canada in 1980, he served pastoral charges in Minnedosa-Rapid City, Manitoba as well as in Surrey and Richmond, British Columbia before being called to University Hill Congregation in Vancouver in 1995. He was granted the degree Doctor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) by the Vancouver School of Theology in 2015.

A popular conference speaker, Ed has had numerous articles published in periodicals connected with The United Church of Canada. Beyond the Canadian context he has written for Word & World, Journal for Preachers, the Gospel and Our Culture Network, and The Christian Century. He contributed to The Life with God Study Bible (the introduction to, and notes for, Ezekiel), The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching (an article titled “Shaping Congregational Identity”), “Feasting on the Word” (a homiletical perspective on three texts from Ephesians in year B of the lectionary) and “Feasting on the Gospels” (a pastoral perspective on three texts from John 3). Ed is the editor of Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth: Prayers of Walter Brueggemann.

Ed is married, the father of four children and grand-father of seven grandchildren. In 2011 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis and so joined the company of those who are living with cancer. After thirty-five years in congregational ministry he retired in June 2015. He continues a ministry of writing, speaking and consulting in the wider church. Back to Top

Dr. Paul Sunderland

Assistant Professor of Music, Greenville University, Greenville, Illinois

I completed my D.W.S. from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2017. I am an assistant professor of music at Greenville University, about an hour east of St. Louis. I oversee the Worship Arts degree program, including several worship arts courses, director of all Pursuit worship arts ensembles, Pop Music Theory courses and applied guitar (jazz) lessons. Prior to teaching at Greenville, I was a full-time worship pastor for 15 year at a United Methodist church in Northeast Ohio. I also was an adjunct professor at Malone University for 12+ years. My wife Terri and I have been married for 22 years and we have two sons, Will and Kyle. Back to Top

Rev. Stace Tafoya

Rector, Church of the Epiphany, Denver, Colorado

I have been the Rector of Church of the Epiphany in East Denver since December of 2002 . Currently I am also a candidate for the DMin at Denver Seminary. I received my MDiv from The Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas and my B.A. in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University. I have been adjunct in the School of Theology at Colorado Christian University since 2006. I am married to Sarah and we have four children, Macrina, Caroline, Luke and Jacob. Back to Top

Dr. Steven Tice

Northeast Regional Director, The Navigators, East Rockaway, New York

Steve graduated from Messiah College, Pennsylvania, in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and continued his studies at Ohio University where, in 1983 he received a Master of Music degree in Composition. He completed a Doctorate in Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2013. He serves as the Northeast Regional Director for the Navigator Church Ministries and enjoys teaching as an adjunct at the Manhattan campuses of Alliance Theological Seminary and the New York School of the Bible. Steve and his wife, Audrey own and operate the Malverne School of Music on the south shore of Long Island. They have two married sons and one granddaughter. Back to Top

Rev. Dr. V.P. Travis, Jr.

Pastor, Emmaus Abbey Church, Knoxville, Tennessee

Brett is the pastor of Emmaus Abbey Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Emmaus Abbey is an “Ancient Future Church” with a vision to “Reclaim the Ancient Faith, Reaching a New Generation, Lived in Holy Community. We are a 21st Century church grounded in 1st Century classical Christianity engaging our culture through “Spirit, Word, and Sacrament” called the “Three Streams or Convergence Worship.” Our worship focus is to align man’s identity with “The Cross of Jesus Christ.” Gal. 2:20

Dr. Travis is an ordained Orthodox priest received in the Diocese of Midsouth, GA., CEC North America (CECNA) which is affiliated with the Southeastern Province of the International Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC), Malvern, NY, an orthodox pre-denominational church, not to be confused with the Anglican (ACNA) or Episcopal USA churches in America. Our Patriarch is Bishop Craig Bates.

Brett has thirty years of pastoral ministry. He pastored two Southern Baptist churches prior to entering the United States Army Chaplain Corps serving twenty years, retiring in 2008. Upon retiring, he pastored two different Anglican churches before accepting a position with Alpha, USA, to develop Alpha basic courses for the military as the Director for Military Alpha (A4M). He then started Emmaus Centre for Christian Counseling a (501C3) non-profit ministry in 2011. He is the Clinical Director and counselor for reaching out to military veterans and families and a part of the Veteran Friendly Congregation initiative for East Tennessee veterans. Emmaus Abbey was formed in January 2013.

Education: Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 1993; Masters of Clinical Counselling, Liberty University, 1995; Masters of Divinity, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1988; Bachelors in Psychology & Respiratory Therapy in 1977 from University of Kentucky and commissioned through UKROTC- as a Medical Service CORPS Officer, 1977.

He read for Holy Orders & Studies in the Orthodox Church 1996-1999 completing his ordination into priesthood in 2001. Brett holds credentials and licensure through the NCCA as Licensed Advanced Certified Clinical Pastoral Counselor in Marriage and Family Counseling, Diploma, Clinical Supervisor for Emmaus Abbey Certified Academic Institution, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Brett and wife, Pam have two daughters, Misty & Erin; three grandsons, Jeff an Army Medic, Broden and Liam which are excellent musicians for their age. Brett says God is the founder of Emmaus Abbey church and he is an ambassador to promote the message of his Son! Back to Top

Brian Turnbow

Admissions Counsellor, Fuller Theological Seminary, Houston, Texas

I currently serve as the Admissions Counselor for Fuller Theological Seminary’s regional campus in Houston, Texas, and work with the leadership team in a new Vineyard church plant that is journeying toward “Vineyard catholicity” in worship and other areas of ministry. My prior background and experience include Baptist, Anglican, Lutheran, and Reformed churches, college chaplaincy, and international ministry. In addition, I am also a doctoral student at the Institute for Worship Studies. Back to Top

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Dr. Jack Van Marion

Senior Pastor, Calvary Christian Reformed Church, Edina, Minnesota

Rev. Dr. Jack Van Marion is senior pastor of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina, MN, and a founding faculty member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, teaching the Christian Year. He also likes to stay busy as a thesis supervisor at IWS. Jack’s 35 year pastoral ministry in worship, preaching and teaching has led him to serve churches in Michigan, Iowa, Ontario (Canada), and presently in Minnesota. His educational background includes Calvin College (AB); Calvin theological Seminary (M.Div), and Northern Theological Seminary (D.Min). Back to Top

Dr. Carla Waterman

In the Kingdom Ministries, Orlando, Florida

Dr. Carla Waterman (Ph.D. Cornell University) teaches Christian spirituality deeply rooted in the worship life of the church. Dr. Waterman taught “The Spiritual Ministries of Worship” as a founding faculty member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies for over a decade. She also taught Spiritual Formation at Wheaton College and various aspects of Worship Spirituality at Northern Seminary.

Dr. Waterman’s area of emphasis is Christian spirituality as it flows from baptism and is regularly strengthened at the table. This study has drawn her into the multi-faceted nature of Christian hope, and she is currently exploring the psalms of lament as prayers of hope in the midst of chaos and suffering.

Carla Waterman is the author of Songs of Assent (2009), an extended meditation on receptivity to God, and enjoys leading retreats and conferences at home and overseas. She is a Companion with the Northumbria Community and oversees the Community’s novitiate process in the United States. Carla is also an association member of Messenger Fellowship and seeks to encourage innerCHANGE, a new monastic order among the poor.

Carla resides in Orlando, FL with her husband of 35 years. Accompanied by her inseparable rescue puppy, Samwise, she enjoys container gardening and feeding the birds that reside in the marsh behind her home. Back to Top

Dr. Joanne Lindsell Webber

Advisory Board Member, Ancient-Future Faith Network. Sawyer, Michigan

Joanne Webber, wife of the late Robert E. Webber, worked in education, social work, and law in the public sector for 30 years, and has been retired since 1997. Joanne holds the Bachelors of Education from Wheaton College, a Masters in Public Administration from Northeastern University, in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Doctoral of Jurisprudence from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Joanne serves as a Board Member of the Ancient-Future Faith Network. She resides in the beautiful lakeside home that she and Bob built at Bethany Beach in Sawyer, Michigan. Back to Top

Dr. D. H. Williams

Professor of Patristics and Historical Theology, Baylor University. Waco, Texas

Dr. D. H. Williams is the Professor of Patristics and Historical Theology at Baylor University, and the Co-Director of the Center for Ancient Greek Philosophy and Late Antiquity at the Center for Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies at Shandong University. Besides teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, Williams is a Mentor-Scholar with the Green Scholars’ Initiative which is involved with the transcription and translation of Latin manuscripts from the Carolingian era.

His tenure at Shandong University has meant a busy life of teaching in China: Since 2006 he has lectured at various universities in mainland China, and has had several articles published in Chinese, and serves as academic consultant for a publishing press in Beijing that is producing major works of the early Fathers. In the summers of 2009 and 2012, he was Visiting Research Professor at the People’s University of China (Renmin) in Beijing.

On a more ministerial side, Williams seeks to highlight organizations that support Christians who are being persecuted around the world.

Dr. Williams holds degrees from the University of Toronto, Princeton Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Northeastern College.
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William Worrall

Lexington, Kentucky

Bill retired from the construction industry in 1997 after serving as a construction manager for over 30 years. He and his wife Sally now reside in Lexington, Kentucky, where they are members of Anchor Baptist Church. Bill teaches a weekly Bible Study Class. Both he and Sally are active in the church serving the needs of others. Back to Top

Michael Young