January 24–26, 2019 • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

a growing list of confirmed presenters

James Abbington is associate professor of church music and worship at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. His latest publication is One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: An African American Ecumenical Hymnal (2018, GIA Publications, Inc.), for which he served as executive editor. He also edits the African American Church Music series with GIA.

Katherine Leary Alsdorf founded and led Redeemer’s Center for Faith & Work and New City Fellows in Raleigh, North Carolina. She assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor and supports the broader faith and work movement as a member of the Theology of Work project, faculty in Regent’s Masters of Arts, Leadership and Theology program, and advisor to the Made to Flourish network.

John A. Azumah is professor of world Christianity and Islam and director of international programs at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.

Sarah Jean Barton holds a faculty fellowship at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and is completing her ThD at Duke Divinity School. She is also an occupational therapist. Her dissertation research focuses on baptismal practices and theologies as they shape imagination about disability.

Ryan Bebej is assistant professor of biology at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he primarily teaches courses in anatomy and physiology. His research investigates the fossil records of marine mammals such as whales and seals and considers the intersection of science and Christian faith.

Timothy Blackmon is the sixth chaplain of Wheaton College, Illinois. Ordained in the Christian Reformed Church, he previously served as senior pastor and head of staff of the American Protestant Church of The Hague.

Susan Burner is the director of campus ministries at Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she oversees campus worship, discipleship, service, and local church relations. She is passionate about the spiritual formation of young adults in the context of the Christian college campus.

Constance Cherry is professor of worship and pastoral ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she directs three distinct programs in Christian worship. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services (Baker Academic, 2010), is used as a required text at more than 140 institutions of higher education worldwide and is available in four languages.

Benjamin T. Conner is professor of practical theology and director of the graduate certificate in disability and ministry at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan.

Leo H. Davis Jr. is minister of worship at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Memphis.

Eddie Espinosa has been a worship leader with the Vineyard Movement for more than twenty years. He also served for twelve years as a pastor. During the Jesus People movement in the early 1970s, he ministered in the Maranatha bands. Eddie has composed many worship songs, including “You Are the Mighty King,” “Change My Heart, O God,” and “Con Mis Labios.”

Ingrid Faniel is a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, minister of music at the historic Metropolitan AME Zion Church in Hartford, Connecticut, and a music director for the North End Senior Harmonizers of Hartford. 

Laura Kelly Fanucci is the director of the Communities of Calling initiative at the Collegeville Institute in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of several books, including Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting (Liturgical Press, 2014) and To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf & Stock, 2017).

Jason Max Ferdinand is a professor of music, department chair, and director of choral activities at Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama.

Anna Greidanus is a professor of art at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and has been engaged in art-making and teaching for nearly thirty years. She exhibits work all around the world and has received recognition from organizations such as the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and The National Art Education Association. Her art features sculptural ceramics and mixed media installations. 

Deborah Haarsma is president of BioLogos, an organization dedicated to interpreting complex scientific topics for lay audiences about the relationships between science and Christian faith. She is coauthor of Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design and coeditor with Scott Hoezee of Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church. Previously, she served as professor and chair in the department of physics and astronomy at Calvin College. 

Angie Hong is creative director at Willow Chicago, a multicultural community that seeks to live out the first church of Acts 2.

Lisa Hoogeboom is professor of intercultural and Biblical studies at Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she teaches New Testament Greek as well as an immersion course on Islam that brings students in direct contact with Muslims living in the Grand Rapids and Dearborn areas. She also teaches Greek part time at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Monique M. Ingalls is a researcher, teacher, network builder, and church musician. At Baylor University in Waco, Texas, she teaches courses centered on social and cultural dimensions of congregational music-making, and she supervises master's and doctoral research on church music topics. She is the author of Singing the Congregation: How Contemporary Worship Music Shapes Evangelical Community (Oxford University Press, 2018) and coeditor of three books that showcase new interdisciplinary approaches to Christian congregational music. She is also cofounder and program chair for the biennial conference “Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives” in Oxford, UK. 

Shannon Jammal-Hollemans serves as racial justice team leader for the Christian Reformed Church of North America and is ordained by her church, Oakdale Park CRC, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pablo A. Jiménez is associate dean for Hispanic Ministry Programs at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and is passionate about preaching, teaching, and writing.

Birgitta Johnson is a joint-appointed assistant professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music and in the African American Studies Program at the University of South Carolina. She specializes in African- American and African music. Her research interests include music and worship in African-American churches, musical change and identity in Black popular music, music in African-American megachurches, sacred music in the African diaspora, and community archiving. She has published many articles and is working on the book Worship Waves, Navigating Identities: Music in the Black Church at the Turn of the 21st Century.

Bryan Johnson is executive director of sacred music at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Roberta R. King is professor of Intercultural communication and ethnomusicology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, where she leads the Global Arts and World Religions area of interest and specializes in Global Christian Worship and Witness. She was based in Nairobi, Kenya, with WorldVenture for twenty-two years and played a key role in establishing Daystar University there. Her book Global Arts and Christian Witness will be released in Summer 2019.

Han-luen Kantzer Komline is assistant professor of church history and theology at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. She is ordained in the Reformed Church in America.

Meg Jenista Kuykendall is pastor of Washington, DC Christian Reformed Church and is pursuing her ThM in preaching from Calvin Theological Seminary. She writes for The Twelve.

Terry LeBlanc is Mi’kmaq/Acadian and married to Bev. They have three adult children—twin daughters and a son. He is the cofounder and director of NAIITS (North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies), an Indigenous learning community dedicated to introducing change into the education and practice of evangelical Christian mission and theology for Indigenous people. He also serves as executive director of Indigenous Pathways and holds an interdisciplinary PhD specializing in theology and anthropology.

Ahmi Lee is assistant professor of preaching at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. She has served in monoethnic and multiethnic congregations in the Chicago area as teaching pastor, young adult pastor, and children’s program director.

Nikki Lerner is an artist, teacher, author, and culture coach, helping others engage relationally and across culture lines. Her passion seeing people come to an understanding of one another through music and conversation and learning to remain human with each other.  

Li Ma is a research fellow at the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds a PhD in sociology from Cornell University.

Carl MaultsBy is the director of music and organist at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church, Winter Park, Florida. A 2003–2009 member of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music of the Episcopal Church, he is a composer and the author of the books Afro-Centric Liturgical Music and Playing Gospel Piano: The Basics. Learn more at carlmaultsby.net.

Judith Christie McAllister is president and minister of music of the international music department for the Church of God in Christ, the largest Pentecostal denomination in the U.S. She is known for songs such as “High Praise” and “Hallelujah: You’re Worthy.”

Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. As a signed songwriter with Integrity Music, he wrote or cowrote more than sixty-five worship songs, including “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn earned a doctorate in theology and ministry from Durham University in the UK and is an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).

Steve Prince is assistant professor of art at Wayne State University in Detroit as well as a printmaker, sculptor, and graphite artist who takes his message to the streets. He uses black and white language to preach and teach an original and innovative vision. He spreads a message of hope and renewal to the global community through the dirge and second line, a cathartic funerary tradition from New Orleans.

The Psalm Project led by Dutch pianist and composer Eelco Vos aims to let people hear and sing the Genevan psalms (the psalm book John Calvin compiled in Geneva) in contemporary settings.

Stephen Proctor is a visual liturgist and projection artist who collaborates with various bands, authors, and liturgists. In Nashville he was a part of Luminous Anglican Parish. He recently moved to Portland, Oregon, because he loves cold weather, mountains, forests, and weird, arty culture. His podcast ILLUMINATE explores the intersections of art, liturgy, and wonder. Learn more at illuminate.us.

Joella Ranaivoson is associate chaplain for upperclass students at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Roberto Chao Romero is associate professor in the departments of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. Together with his wife, Erica, he serves as cochair of the Matthew 25 Movement in southern California and codirects Jesus 4 Revolutionaries, a ministry to student activists.

Anthony Ruff, OSB, teaches liturgical music and theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota, directs the National Catholic Youth Choir, and blogs at Pray Tell.

Nicole Saint-Victor is an experienced vocalist and mentor and is working toward a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan. She is on staff in the music department at Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, and directs the gospel choir. She also serves as worship director at Living Springs Community Church in Homewood, Illinois.

Leopoldo A. Sánchez is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he serves as professor of systematic theology and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies. His work includes Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit (Pickwick, 2015); Immigrant Neighbors among Us, coedited with Danny Carroll (Pickwick, 2015); and Sculptor Spirit (IVP, forthcoming).

Eric Sarwar is a PhD student at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, in the area of intercultural studies, researching about the role of Zabor (psalms) in Muslim-Christian relationship. He is founder and director of the Tehillim School of Church Music & Worship in Pakistan. He is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC) and currently planting Artesia City CRC among the Indian and Pakistani communities in Southern California.

Laura A. Smit is professor of theology at Calvin College. She also serves as assistant pastor at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church (ECO) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her current research focuses on the virtue of magnanimity in the writing of C.S. Lewis. She also recently finished a commentary on the book of Judges (Brazos, 2018).

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina and the executive pastor at Grace and Peace Community Church in Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about reimagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.

Liz Vice is a musician best known for her gospel, soul, and R&B-infused album There’s a Light. Raised in Portland, Oregon, and now based in Brooklyn, New York, Liz has served as a worship leader and has dived headfirst in faith with the release of her second record, Save Me, leaning into the call God has placed on her heart of creating music full time.

Anthony B. Vinson Sr. serves as the director of music and arts at the Cathedral of Grace–St. John in Aurora, Illinois. He recently concluded directing the International Music and Christian Arts Ministry of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, created to educate, elevate, and expand the arts in worship throughout the connectional AME Church.

Michael Williams is the Johanna K. and Martin J. Wyngaarden Senior Professor in Old Testament Studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of many articles and books on the Old Testament. His latest book is Hidden Prophets of the Bible: Finding the Gospel in Hosea through Malachi (David C. Cook, 2017).

Jane Zwart teaches in the English department at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she also codirects the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. Her poems have appeared in magazines and journals including TriQuarterly Review, North American Review, and The Christian Century.