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
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).
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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. At Samford, he leads the undergraduate and graduate programs in music and worship, and is program director of anima: the Forum for Worship and the Arts.
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.
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.
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.
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.