Jeff Smith is the President of Salt and Light Ministries and is a much sought-after instructor and speaker at creative arts conferences across the U.S. while serving as Creative Arts Director, Cornerstone Church, Chester, Virginia. He holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in script and screenwriting from Regent University, and a Master of Arts in Worship Arts from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA. Jeff previously served as Children's Pastor, Mount Pleasant Church, Colonial Heights Virginia.
Jeff's hometown is Blairsville, Pennsylvania and he now resides in Richmond, Virginia with his wife Debbie. They have two grown sons and enjoy hiking and golf.
Jeff's vision for the *Scripture as Script: WORD HEARD* course: "I envision equipping worship leaders with tools for a broader sense of expression in worship and to infuse the worship experience with more creativity."
Travis Doucette an award-winning singer/songwriter, minister, educator, historian and archivist. He is the writer of the enduring worship song "God of the Ages", first presented by Charles Billingsley. Dr. Doucette holds the Bachelor of Theology degree from Emmanuel Bible College, and B.S., M.A., M.Div., and D.Min degrees from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA. While a student at Liberty, Travis served Thomas Road Baptist Church before returning to his native Canada where he presently serves Harvest Bible Church in Barrie, Markham and Oakville, Ontario. His Thesis for his DMA is entitled "An Analysis of the Need for a Congregational Songwriting Manual for the Evangelical Community".
Dr. Doucette was formerly a professor at Georgian College Canada in the Department of Communications teaching Communication Essentials and Instructor in the Dual Credit School Partnerships Program teaching Lifestyle Management. An avid record collector, archivist, and local historian, Travis enjoys the outdoors, word searches, and Thai food and is known as a natural conversationalist. He is now a church planter in Florida.
Travis' vision for *Worship Writer - Writing Songs the Church Will Sing*: "An exciting introduction and overview of the basic building blocks for crafting singable, Scripture-based songs that serve the local church."
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Allen Hendricks holds the Doctor of Ministry in Worship Studies from Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA along with a Master of Church Music from Southern Seminary, Louisville, KY, and the Bachelor of Music Education from Furman University. He teaches several courses for WorshipWise including "Crash Course in Worship Ministry" and "Worship Planning Basics".
Allen currently serves as a Worship Minister in Lebanon, Tennessee while he and his wife, Miriam Boyter Hendricks, are currently growing an online retail business on Amazon and eBay, to allow part time and volunteer ministry and teaching opportunities in music and worship. They are the parents of 27 year old twin girls. Dr. Hendricks previously served as Professor of Church Music at Charleston Southern University from 2006 to 2015 after having served as worship minister in three churches across the Southeastern U.S. Allen enjoys RV camping, deer hunting, and playing violin in community and church orchestras and in church praise bands.
Allen's Vision for these courses:
*Crash Course in Worship Ministry* - "This course is an “off the platform” exploration of ministry, relational and leadership skills necessary for success as a worship leader."
*Worship Planning Basics* - "Students in this course will discover biblical foundations and musical fundamentals for planning meaningful worship experiences for modern churches"
Barry Wilson is the Director of Worship Studies for WorshipWise and teaches "Why God Created Worship" and "Basic Conducting for Music Directors". He holds music degrees from Lander University and Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, along with the Doctor of Worship Studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Barry served multiple churches as a minister of music for thirty-eight years and is currently working as an online instructor for seven colleges and universities.
He has authored over twenty published articles, a number of podcasts, and is the creator of the “Basic Conducting” curriculum. His current writing project is entitled "The Fusion of Heart and Mind: Faith and the Arts in Counterpoint". Barry and his wife live at the intersection of two dirt roads in Hodges, SC. When time permits he enjoys playing golf and researching his family history.
Barry's vision for the *Why God Created Worship* course: "In this course students will come to an understanding of the basics of authentic Christian worship, explore the Biblical pattern of the dialogue of worship, and practice planning worship according to Biblical principles." *Basic Conducting for Music Directors* is a hands on instructional course using video methods and Skype conferences alongside instructional reading.
Mark Powers is the President of WorshipWise and teaches "The Care and Feeding of Churches" and "How to Lead the Worship Band". He holds the Bachelor of Music from Furman University and the Masters in Church Music from Southern Seminary, Louisville KY. After 27 years as a worship pastor in 4 churches, Mark became the Worship & Music Director for the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2008.
His book "Going Full Circle: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock. Eugene OR) was published in 2013 and connects worship renewal theology with missional methodology. Mark and his wife Kay, a lifelong educator, are based in Columbia SC and travel the U.S. to serve Christian churches and church leaders. They formed WorshipWise in 2015, a 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry, that facilitates training and discipleship to help Christian leaders serve the local church more effectively.
Mark's vision for *The Care and Feeding of Churches* course: "More Christian ministers are forcibly terminated each year due to deficiencies in personal ministry skills than any other factor. Join me as we develop together the ministry skills needed for the care and feeding of a church." *How to Lead the Worship Band* is based on the best written worship band instruction book available today with practical application and resources in abundance.
Paul Hill is instructor for the WorshipWise courses *Learn to Read Music in Eight Weeks 1 & 2*. Paul has been a church musician for over 35 years and is a third generation minister. He is married to Janet and has two delightful children, Zach and Rosemary. Paul's studies in music education (BM, DMA), coupled with his studies in church music (MCM), have helped shape how he defines himself as a church music educator serving as a minister in the local church. Paul designed a curriculum primarily to assist other church musicians in teaching their choir members how to improve their music literacy skills called "The Basic Music Reading Skills Course". This text serves as the basis for his WorshipWise course.
Paul has been the Minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church, Marietta, Georgia since 1999. Dr. Hill is also the Founding Conductor/Music Director of the community orchestra, Symphony on the Square. Some of his hobbies include fishing, computing, carpentry, woodcarving and herb gardening. He most enjoys making music and being with his family.
Dave Williamson was the founder and director of Worship Leading Choirs International and the designer of our course *Growing the Modern Worship Choir*. IN MEMORIAM: Dave entered into heaven in March 2017. He will be greatly missed!
Dave gave permission for us to continue to use his course design and lesson plans based on his book "God's Singers". He was a 45 year veteran of the Christian music industry as a writer, arranger, and producer and a noted conference and choir retreat leader across the U.S. Dave authored two books, "The Worship Leading Choir" and "God's Singers: A Guidebook for the Worship Leading Choir in the 21st Century. "