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Rev. John AamodtSend Email
Pastor, Five Streams Community Church, Portland, Oregon, AFFN Resource Partner
A 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 AlfordSend Email
Pastor, Epiclesis, 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.
Doug AscheSend Email
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.
Dr. Rick AscheSend Email
Pastor of Intergenerational Discipleship, Epiclesis, Sacramento, 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!”
Donald BowesSend Email
A 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.
Dr. Marc BrownSend Email
Minister for Worship and the Arts, First Baptist Church, Mount 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.
A. Patricia ButlerSend Email
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.
Mark ChapmanSend Email
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.
Bill ColeSend Email
Gold River, California, AFFN Resource Partner and Board Member
A 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.
Dr. Dianne CollardSend Email
Europe Ministries Director, Artists in Christian Testimony, Int., Matthews, North Carolina
Dianne has been a missionary and intercultural trainer for over 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 is also the Founder/Director of ArtsCharlotte—an initiative that seeks to “nurture the soul of the city through the arts.” 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. An extended version of this book will be published in 2018 by Cascade Books. Her story has recently been told in the documentary short, Abstraction: The Dianne Collard Story. She and her husband, Glenn, have three children and five adorable granddaughters.
Dr. Glenn CollardSend Email
Director and Creator, Coram Deo International, Charlotte, North Carolina
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.
Norm CovellSend Email
Founding Elder, Epiclesis, Sacramento, 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.
Dr. Doug CullumSend Email
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.
Chris DeevesSend Email
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.
Paul DubucSend Email
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
Dr. Teresa GardnerSend Email
Founder and Director, Zion Center for Worship and the Arts, Charlotte, North Carolina. AFFN Resource Partner.
A 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 multicultural 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 (www.zcwa.com). 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.
Dr. Shawn GingrichSend Email
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.
Dr. James R. HartSend Email
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.
Dr. Jennifer Harris ClaytonSend Email
Founder and Director, The Wounded Worshiper Refuge, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. AFFN Resource Partner.
A 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.”
Dr. Mark JonahSend Email
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).
Rev. Jonathan JonesSend Email
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.
Dr. Jacob KaufmanSend Email
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.
Dr. Ellen KoehlerSend Email
Ellen 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.
Dr. David MannerSend Email
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.
Dr. Jack Van MarionSend Email
Rev. Dr. Jack Van Marion was senior pastor of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina, MN (recently retired), 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)
Rev. Dr. Christopher J. Montgomery, O.S.L.Send Email
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 finished his Doctor of Worship Studies degree in the spring 2016, with research focused on sacramentality and the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Dean MoyerSend Email
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.
Dr. Bob MyersSend Email
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Galesburg, Illinois
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.
Dr. Carl Peters, IISend Email
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.
Dr. Gary RushingSend Email
Worship Pastor and Technical Arts Director, Faith United Methodist Church, Fort Myers, Florida
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.
Dr. Paul SunderlandSend Email
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.
Dr. Steven TiceSend Email
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.
Rev. Dr. V.P. Travis, Jr.Send Email
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
Joanne Lindsell WebberSend Email
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.
William WorrallSend Email
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.