Presenters

Symposium on Worship
January 26–28, 2017
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

A growing list of confirmed presenters. Please check back regularly for updates.

Mike Abma has served as pastor of Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the past 18 years and has a long-term interest in the catechisms of the Reformation.

Alison Adam is an experienced liturgist and song leader in a variety of settings and with all ages. She seeks to enable people's voices in song and encourage people's hearts in prayer as we gather to worship God. Alison is a member of the Iona Community in the United Kingdom.

Kevin Adams is director of formation at Newbigin House of Studies, senior pastor of Granite Springs Church, and author of The Book That Knows You and 150: Finding Your Story in the Psalms. His forthcoming book is on baptism and mission.  

Tony Alonso is a composer of liturgical music and a Ph.D. candidate in theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. His music appears in hymnals and compilations throughout the world. @realtonyalonso 

Mariano Avila is professor of New Testament and director of the Certificate in Hispanic Ministry at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also a pastor and Bible translator.

Andre Bartlett is minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa, member of Societas Liturgica, and head of the Centre for Formation of Ministry at the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. He co-edited "Woord en Fees" (liturgical and homiletical guidelines for worship). 

Luke Bobo serves as director of resource and curriculum development for Made To Flourish pastors. Luke worked for 15 years in the marketplace as an engineer before pursuing an M.Div. and Ph.D. Luke is adjunct professor of contemporary culture and apologetics at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, and the author of Living Salty and Light Filled Lives in the Workplace (Wipf & Stock, 2014).

Christiane Bräutigam is a conductor, organist, music teacher, and director of choir and liturgical music at the Reformed Church of Leipzig. 

Karen Campbell is minister of Kilbride Presbyterian Church in County Antrim, Ireland. In the past she has convened the worship panel for all the Presbyterian churches in Ireland, and she continues to have a special interest in worship and liturgy.

Mark Charles is a dynamic and thought-provoking public speaker, writer, and consultant. He writes for Native News Online and his personal blog "Reflections from the Hogan." He served on the boards of CCDA and the CRCNA. Mark is program affiliate with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and founding partner of a national conference for Native students called “Would Jesus Eat Frybread?”

Josiah Chung is a Korean-American church planter and pastor of Living Water Christian Reformed Church, a diverse faith community in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With a heart for a church that reflects the cross-cultural identity and relationships found in North America, Josiah encourages the sharing of gospel-centered unity across cultural, ethnic, generational, and socio-economic boundaries.

Nina Ciesielski is a theologian and pastor of the Evangelical Church of Westphalia. She works at Reformed Alliance in Germany and serves on the worship committee for General Council 2017 of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. As a young pastor of her church, she is interested in innovative styles of preaching to people of all ages.

Jordan Clegg serves as minister of creative arts and worship at Fellowship Reformed Church, Holland, Michigan. He served as project director for a Vital Worship Grant that focused on creating space for the arts and artists in the worshiping community.

Alfredo Colman is associate professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at Baylor University; his research focuses on the music of Paraguay and other Latin American countries. As a church musician, he has served across evangelical congregations as pianist, organist, and worship leader, in Tennessee, Texas, and Asunción, Paraguay.

Carlos Colón is a composer, liturgist, and native of El Salvador; coordinator for worship initiatives at Baylor University and resident scholar at Baylor Institute for the Studies of Religion, Waco, Texas.

Lora A. Copley is coordinator and instructor of a pastoral training program on the Navajo Nation, doctrine teacher at Rehoboth Christian High School, an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church, and a mom to four young image-bearers.

Joan DeVries serves as a specialized transitional minister in the Christian Reformed Church. After being both dean of students (Seminary) and dean of chapel at Tyndale University College and Seminary, she now is an adjunct faculty member there, teaching in pastoral ministry (worship and liturgy). She loves to put her literary and dramatic gifts to work, crafting meaning worship gatherings shaped around the Word. 

Sabine Dressler is a theologian and pastor of the Evangelical Reformed Church in Germany. She is an ecumenical officer of the Reformed Alliance in Germany and chair of the worship committee for the World Communion of Reformed Churches as it prepares for the General Council 2017. 

Christina Edmondson serves as dean for the Intercultural Student Development Center (ISDC) at Calvin College. ISDC is committed to equipping domestic and international students in meaningful intercultural interactions and encourages a process of development. She is also a certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator and mental health therapist.

Danjuma Gibson is associate professor of pastoral care at Calvin Theological Seminary. As a practical theologian and psychotherapist, his research interests include examining how the intersection of religious experience and psychoanalytic discourse contribute to human flourishing and healing, both individually and communally.

Chineta Goodjoin is the organizing pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church in Orange, California. Known for her strong organizational leadership, Chineta has helped to establish a church with strong missional outreach and social justice advocacy for families, youth, and children. The church continues to build its reputation as a community of prayer, praise and faith where all people matter.

Kate Harris serves as the interim executive director for The Fellows Initiative. She previously served as executive director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture with Steven Garber.

Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer and workshop presenter from Eagan, Minnesota. He is a member of Mayflower United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, and he works and writes ecumenically. His music is included in the hymnals of many denominations in numerous countries.

Syd Hielema serves as team leader for Faith Formation Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church.

Bethany Hoang is an author, speaker and consultant with a driving passion to see followers of Jesus across the globe to live the connection between justice and spiritual formation. She serves as advisor for International Justice Mission’s Institute for Biblical Justice. Her latest book is The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance (BrazosPress, 2016). @bethanyhoang

Shannon Jammal-Hollemans serves as a collaborative program developer for the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRC), working for two ministries—Faith Formation and Social Justice. She earned her Master’s in Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the CRC.

Kristen Deede Johnson is associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. She is author of Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and coauthor of The Justice Calling: Where Passion Meets Perseverance (BrazosPress, 2016). @kdjtheologian

Trygve Johnson serves as the Hinga Boersma Dean of the Chapel of Hope College, Holland, Michigan. During the academic year he regularly preaches in the Sunday evening Gathering services. @TrygveJohnson 

Matthew Kaemingk focuses his research on the intersection between worship, spiritual formation, and public life. He is interested in cultivating vibrant connections between Sunday worship and Monday work. Matthew teaches theology, ethics, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and directs the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture in Seattle.

Ann Kapteyn works with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) for close to 20 years, serving in Brazil and Cameroon. She and her family have recently relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she serves as a missionary-in-residence at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence is a biblical storyteller and award-winning writer based in Illinois. Her organization, Pathlight Stories, equips churches to tell God's story well. Joy holds an MCS from Regent College (Vancouver) and is an M.Div. student at Calvin Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

Karin Maag is director of the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies and professor of history at Calvin College. She is editor of the Calvin Theological Journal and the author of Lifting Hearts to the Lord: Worship with John Calvin in Sixteenth-Century Geneva (Eerdmans, 2016).

Gerardo Marti is L. Richardson King Associate Professor of Sociology at Davidson College and author of several books including Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Church (Oxford University Press) and The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (with Gladys Ganiel, Oxford University Press).

Eric L. Mathis is assistant professor of church music and worship leadership at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He leads the undergraduate and graduate programs in music and worship, and is program director of anima: the Forum for Worship and the Arts.

The McGrath Family come from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Their musicianship is featured on Celtic Psalms, albums of psalms set to Irish/Scottish melodies. They are members of the Dungannon Parish and sing frequently at special events in their community.

Mark T. Mulder is professor of sociology at Calvin College. His scholarship focuses on urban congregations and changing racial-ethnic demographics. He is the author of Shades of White Flight: Evangelical Congregations and Urban Departure (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and he has published pieces for church audiences and won awards from the Evangelical Press Association and the Associated Church Press for his writing. 

Joel Navarro is lecturer and professor of music at the School of Church Music in Singapore Bible College (SBC). He administers the post-graduate program in choral conducting, teaches a host of courses, and directs the SBC Chorale, SBC Singers, and Canticorum. He taught at Calvin College from 2002-2014.

Gerardo Oberman is a songwriter, poet, and pastor in the Reformed Churches in Argentina and current president of the denomination. In 2004 he cofounded Red Crearte, a Latin American liturgical network, and continues to coordinate the work. He also serves as historian of the Reformed churches in Argentina and the Dutch immigration in the region. @gerkioberman

Luke A. Powery is dean of Duke University Chapel and associate professor of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He is author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching, and Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope and most recently, co-author of Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. @LukeAPowery 

Soong-Chan Rah is the Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. His books include The Next Evangelicalism (IVP Books), Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (Moody Publishers), Prophetic Lament (IVP Books), and he is coauthor of Forgive Us (Zondervan) and Return to Justice (Brazos).

Melanie C. Ross is assistant professor of liturgical studies at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Her recent book, Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy (Eerdmans, 2014), facilitates the intersection of popular American evangelicalism and academic liturgical theology.

Joel Schoon-Tanis has written and illustrated several books (recently 40: the Biblical story), painted murals around the world (including Kenya, Zambia, the Separation Wall in Palestine), and painted nearly a gazillion paintings in his career. In 2016 one of these was presented to the Pope.

Mary L. VandenBerg is professor of systematic theology and associate academic dean at Calvin Theological Seminary. Her research interest is theological anthropology. Specifically, she considers questions surrounding what it means to be human for those at the margins of life, and the impact of sin on human relationships.

Elizabeth Vander Haagen is copastor of Boston Square Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a spiritual director, and mother of three young children.

Cassandra Vander Well is the interim director of dance at Calvin College and is completing her doctorate in dance at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She serves as a dance ministry leader at Madison Christian Reformed Church Ford Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lesli van Milligen works for Faith Formation Ministries of the Christian Reformed Church as a regional catalyzer for Eastern Ontario. She focuses her energy on supporting the next generation of leaders and helping churches strengthen their faith formative practices. She served for 17 years as a parish pastor.

Isaac Wardell is director of Bifrost Arts. He develops worship resources for his home congregation in Charlottesville, Virginia, and for Bifrost Arts he oversees the writing of new worship resources for churches across the country. Bifrost Arts has released Lamentationsa collection of resources for prophetic lament. 

Lisa M. Weaver is a preacher, lecturer, teacher, and emerging scholar, passionate about all things liturgical. She is ordained clergy of American Baptist Churches U.S.A., a Ph.D. candidate at The Catholic University of America, and an advisory board member of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Ester Pudjo Widiasih is program executive for spiritual life of the World Council of Churches (WCC), a singer, worship animator, and faculty member at Jakarta Theological Seminary in Indonesia. Her tasks at the WCC include planning common prayers for ecumenical events, preparing resources for the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and organizing daily prayers at the Chapel of the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, Switzerland.

Cory Willson is the Jake and Betsy Tuls Assistant Professor of Missiology and Missional Ministry and director of the Institute for Global Church Planting and Renewal at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is cofounding editor of the journal Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue.

Kiran Young Wimberly is an American Presbyterian minister who served in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for over six years. She arranges psalms to Irish/Scottish melodies and has recorded two “Celtic Psalms” albums with Irish musicians. This music has been used to build bridges across religious communities in post-conflict Northern Ireland.