Presenters

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

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

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.

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 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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

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 

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.

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 

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