Speaking at Both Locations
Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. A songwriter, speaker, church leader, and consultant, Rory is also the author of four books, all published by Zondervan. The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team; Thriving as an Artist in the Church: Hope and Help For You and Your Ministry Team; The Worshiping Artist: Equipping You and Your Ministry Team to Lead Others in Worship; and Worship On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Exploring Worship as a Spiritual Discipline. For twenty years, Rory served as Music Director at Willow Creek Community Church and for five years as Pastor of Worship at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He currently leads worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders. Rory also writes a monthly column for Worship Leader magazine.
J. Scott McElroy is the author of Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity, and founder of The New Renaissance Arts Movement, dedicated to connecting, equipping and inspiring churches and artists for the New Renaissance. Scott is also the Director of Arts at the Indy Vineyard Church. He speaks nationally about spiritual formation for artists, the arts in the local church, and more. Scott is an award winning audio producer, a voiceover artist, and visual artist. He served as Emmis Communications Indianapolis Production Director for 20 years, and hosted the Animal Planet TV series, “Wildlife Journal” from 2004-2007.
Jessie Nilo is an artist in love with the local church. Founder and director of VineArts, the arts ministry of Vineyard Boise Church, Jessie is an accomplished visual artist and also a visual arts instructor for the city of Boise. Jessie is Director of Church/Artist Connections for The New Renaissance Arts Movement. Her latest endeavor is co-authoring a guidebook on the practicalities of this strange and wonderful calling of leading arts ministries in local churches. This fall Jessie will launch a creative arts ministry school in Boise under Vineyard College of Mission, a discipleship school which enrolls national and international students from across all denominations, training in order to deploy as leaders in their own local churches worldwide.
The following speakers appeared in Indianapolis only:
Joe Boyd has forged a unique career as a movie producer, author, actor and pastor. Joe is the President of Rebel Pilgrim Productions and the producer of four feature films including A Strange Brand of Happy, where he plays the leading role along side Academy Award Winner Shirley Jones. The film expects a national theatrical release in late 2012. Joe is also the director of Hitting The Nuts, a poker-themed comedy farce that has won three film festivals including the 2011 Las Vegas Film Festival. Joe is the author of the fantasy novel, Between Two Kingdoms (Standard), now in its second printing. As a pastor, Joe teaches at Vineyard Cincinnati, a 6,000-member church in Cincinnati, Ohio where he lives with his wife and two sons. A pioneer of the blogosphere, www.joeboydblog.com enters its tenth year in 2012. It currently has over 4,500 subscribers.
Theresa Dedmon is currently on staff at Bethel Church in Redding, California and heads up the Creative Arts there as well as their School of Supernatural Creativity. She is a sought after conference speaker who travels internationally and releases people to be set free to walk in supernatural creative power. Her book Born to Create: Stepping Into Your Supernatural Destiny was released in April 2012, and she’s written a manual, called Cultivating Kingdom Creativity. She is a certified Art Therapist, has her BA in Psychology, minor in Biblical studies and has been in pastoral ministry for over 25 years. She ministers with her husband, Kevin Dedmon and with her 3 children, Chad, Julia, and Alexa.
Beth Booram is co-author of Awaken Your Senses (IVP). Beth’s presentations are highly creative, often utilizing artistic elements, contemplative exercises, and engaging interaction. In addition to Awaken Your Senses she has authored The Wide Open Spaces of God (Abingdon Press, 2007) and Picturing the Face of Jesus (Abingdon Press/April, 2009). Beth has been a lifelong vocational minister in para-church and local church settings. She is a spiritual director and healing prayer practitioner, as well as a congregational consultant. She speaks around the country at conferences and retreats on topics related to spiritual formation and Christian leadership. Beth is married to Dave and resides in Fishers, Indiana.
Workshop presenters and panelists include:
deAnn Roe, Director of Creative Arts, Living Word Community Church, York, PA
Kyle Ragsdale, Artist, Curator, Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis
Christopher Greco, Playwright, Pastor of Worship and Arts, Greater Boston Vineyard
Cathy Feeman, Artist, Teacher
Cathy Howie, Artist, Director of Arts, Trinity Wesleyan, Indianapolis, Halcyon Arts
Michael Winters, 930 Gallery Director, Sojourn Visual Arts Ministry Leader, Photographer, Art Editor
Also Speaking at Boise, July 13-15, 2012
Manuel Luz is a rock musician turned rocket engineer turned Christian artist. He is creative arts pastor at Oak Hills Community Church in Folsom, CA., a working musician, and author of Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist, released by Moody Publishers. Manuel’s stunning essays on intrinsic beauty are a must-read for any artist of faith.
Dave Blakeslee has been an accomplished studio potter in Colorado since 1975. His art is influenced by a variety of cultures, and he creates pots not as an end in itself, but to be used and enjoyed, which influences the shape, glaze choices, size of his high-fire clays to endure regular use. Dave served as senior pastor of the Salida Vineyard Church, beginning in 1990 and recently stepping down from pastoring to re-enter full-time studio work. He loves traveling to different churches, encouraging people through his artwork and being an agent of reconciliation between pastors and artists, as Dave understands both walks of life.
Cecilia Brie Tschoepe is the arts pastor of Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas and a writer, director and performer whose work focuses on the development of new plays and “community-engaged” theatre. Brie assisted the late Dr. Barbara Haum, a performance/multi-media artist, in the direction of a “distributed performance” between NYU and Tel Aviv University, Trespassing Boundaries, and a second project, 54 Weeks, which is an online, multi-media, interactive meditation on the yearly schedule of Torah readings. Brie’s own work has been performed in Austin’s FronteraFest fringe theatre festival and HopeArts festival, and in New York at New Dramatists, NYU’s Theatrix Festival of New Work, and The Village Church. She holds an MA in Educational Theatre from NYU where she co-founded a laboratory workshop for students exploring “devising” techniques, and performed in two seasons of New Plays for Young Audiences, workshopping with playwrights including Byrony Lavery, Y.York, Susan Zeder, and Laurie Brooks.