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Keynote Presenters

 
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Darrell Johnson

Darrell Johnson has been preaching Jesus Christ and His gospel for over 46 years. He has served a number of Presbyterian congregations in California, Union Church of Manila in the Philippines, and the historic First Baptist Church in the heart of Vancouver, Canada.

In addition to writing a major work on preaching, “The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World,” many of his sermon series have been published in book form, including “Fifty-Seven Words That Change the Word: A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer,” “The Beatitudes: Living in Sync with the Reign of God,” “Who is Jesus?” and “Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey through the Book of Revelation.” Darrell has also taught preaching for Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, now serving as Teaching Fellow for Regent and Professor of Preaching and Director of the Centre for Preaching at Carey Theological College in Vancouver. 

  

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Bruxy Cavey

Bruxy Cavey is the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada where thousands of people connect to God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. (You can learn more about The Meeting House at themeetinghouse.com.) Bruxy is also author of the bestselling book, The End of Religion and his new book, (re)union, is an overview of “The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners.”

 

Songwriting Intensive

Jennie Lee Riddle & Sean Carter will lead a Songwriting Intensive with inspirational and practical tips! Space is limited, so register today! $50 fee includes lunch, and this session will run on Friday March 1 from 9:30 - 5:30.

The day will start with a time of worship, followed by a group writing exercise, that includes practical teaching. Lunch will be provided, and then you’ll have a chance to break into small groups to practice what you’ve learned. Get feedback on your songs from these experts, and finally learn about Publishing, and have a chance to ask questions!

If you are proficient on guitar, please bring it along and you can use it in the songwriting exercises. Any questions? Email info@levitesummit.com!

 

Worship

JON BULLER

JON BULLER

COREY DOAK

COREY DOAK

JENNIE LEE RIDDLE

JENNIE LEE RIDDLE

FRESH I.E.

FRESH I.E.

 

Workshop Presenters

DARRELL JOHNSON

DARRELL JOHNSON

DAVE SIVERNS

DAVE SIVERNS

SHAR WARKENTIN

SHAR WARKENTIN

DAN TAYLOR

DAN TAYLOR

GRAHAM ORD

GRAHAM ORD

MIKE JONES

MIKE JONES

CHRIS THRONESS

CHRIS THRONESS

BRUXY CAVEY

BRUXY CAVEY

VAL LIESKE

VAL LIESKE

JULIE PEARSON

JULIE PEARSON

CHRISTIAN STONEHOUSE

CHRISTIAN STONEHOUSE

CURTIS TULMAN

CURTIS TULMAN

TIM BUSSE

TIM BUSSE

JON BULLER

JON BULLER

MINDI OATEN

MINDI OATEN

MURRAY & MICHELLE DERKSEN

MURRAY & MICHELLE DERKSEN

MARLENE G. MCPHERSON

MARLENE G. MCPHERSON

TIM BOULTER

TIM BOULTER

DEAN SALYN

DEAN SALYN

JEREMY KINNIBURGH

JEREMY KINNIBURGH

STACEY GLEDDIESMITH

STACEY GLEDDIESMITH

JORIN GREEN

JORIN GREEN

FRESH I.E.

FRESH I.E.

CURTIS ALLEN

CURTIS ALLEN

JASON ARMSTRONG

JASON ARMSTRONG

WORSHIP & INSTRUMENTS TRACK

SHAR WARKENTIN - STAGE PRESENCE

After almost 20 years as a worship pastor in Coquitlam, BC, Shar now mentors, coaches and trains musicians and aspiring worship leaders at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. She loves God, the church & the beauty of Christ followers finding & using their gifts. Whether you are a part of a worship team or leading as a solo musician, being on stage creates both a physical and psychological barrier between the worship leader(s) and the congregation. Through the lens of hospitality, we are going to unpack our role as worship leaders and band members in helping to close that gap. What are some of the key principals to keep in mind when leading people in worship? How is it different than entertaining? Be ready to learn and apply some new skills and get involved.

STACEY GLEDDIESMITH - God Always Moves First: A Theology of Worship for the Worship Practitioner

Many of us look for solid, biblical preaching in our churches, but somewhere along the way the church decided that the biblical text had little to do with the rest of what we do on Sunday mornings. Come and re-discover the richness of the biblical text as we use Paul’s definition of worship to explore what the Bible says about what worship is, how we worship, and why we gather to worship. Learn what happens when we let a biblical theology of worship inform the way we live, the way we play, the way we sing, the way we support, and the way we lead.

STACEY GLEDDIESMITH - Spoken Interpretations of Scripture: Learning to Read Scripture Aloud with Expression and Meaning

Reading Scripture aloud, and doing it well, has become something of a lost art in the church. Yet, when we hear it, we are inevitably moved by the experience. Come and learn what it means to understand the public reading of Scripture as an act of interpretation. Gain practical skills to help you read more expressively, and explore ways in which to engage your congregation in more creative and communal readings of Scripture.

WORSHIP LEADER PANEL

Shar Warkentin will moderate a panel of worship leaders representing a variety of environments and experience. They will discuss the challenges they’ve faced and relevant issues in the church today, and will take questions from the audience. Panel will include Jon Buller, Ryan Dahl and Elise Spletzer.

FRESH i.e. - FREEDOM, JUSTICE, MERCY: A STORY OF TRANSFORMATION & RESTORATION

Hear the story of Robert “Fresh IE” Wilson and how God brought him from prison to reaching 300 Indigenous communities in Canada, and is now running a music mentorship program called “E.D.I.F.Y”. Rob will lead a songwriting exercise and demonstrate beatboxing as well.

julie pearson - FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING

Julie is a vocal coach, singer and worship leader. She has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and performing for over 25 years. Her focus is teaching functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), and assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential. Julie has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry from Briercrest College and has served in several ministry positions, including Music Director and Pastor of Worship Arts. This session will cover breathing and body alignment, vocal warm ups and vocal registration.

julie pearson - ADVANCED VOCAL TECHNIQUES

Julie is a vocal coach, singer and worship leader. She has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and performing for over 25 years. Her focus is teaching functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), and assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential. Julie has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry from Briercrest College and has served in several ministry positions, including Music Director and Pastor of Worship Arts. This session will cover advanced vocal techniques for singers looking for a master clas

Steve cogbill + pete davyduck - bass & drums

Not only is it helpful to understand why and how we worship God, it is also helpful to understand what happens when we worship God. Along with exploring how to serve the song, how to best support the worship leader and lock in with your bassist/drummer. We'll also dive into some basic phases of worship; like the call to worship, engagement, and expression. 

tim boulter - electric guitar

Lead guitar players are well known for impressive solos, colourful stage presence, massive amp volume, strange facial contortions and really great hair. While some of those can be occasionally appropriate in a worship band, the worship lead player has a unique servant role to  everybody in the room. We have to listen carefully to everything going on around us and supply the right sounds to lift and inspire. Tim has many years of experience in all kinds of bands and recording situations on multiple instruments. Learn how to use chord structures for simple lead roles, talk about gear, tones and effects and how to look for your unique style and sound.

GRAHAM ORD & CURTIS TULMAN - acoustic guitar

Think of this as a full meal deal - Meat, Potatoes & Dessert! Curtis Tulman is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist with a foundational approach to acoustic guitar, knowing how to fit into the band environment and support the team solidly (meat & potatoes). Graham Ord brings tasteful soul and finesse to his approach with melody, phrasing and arranging (ice cream sundae please!). You’ll have a blast and learn a lot in this workshop with Graham & Curtis. Bring your guitars!

DEAN SALYN - keys

Dean Salyn is an accomplished recording artist, worship leader and songwriter. His song “He is Yahweh” was released with Vineyard Music Canada and continues to be sung around the world. This session will bring a fresh perspective on Keyboard skills and use in worship.

Keyboard —> Keystone: a brief glimpse at how our instrument has evolved over centuries, including appearance and applications that made it a truly foundational instrument

Keyboard or Keybored: rediscovering its versatility and discussing whether the keyboard has really been overused. Or is it actually overlooked?

Keyboard —> Key notes —> Compare notes:  exploring tonality, register, rhythm, technique; contrast with other instrument(s)

SOUL CARE TRACK

JEREMY KINNIBURGH - OVERCOMING FEAR & ANXIETY

Jeremy Kinniburgh is passionate about helping people to encounter God in a real and transformative way.  He has been involved in prayer ministry and inner healing ministry for several years and has been a Pastor of Discipleship at Vernon Alliance Church, where he brings leadership to the Discipleship and Prayer Ministry of the church.  Jeremy has been partnering with Jon Buller, of Hear the Music, and a great team of passionate and gifted people of prayer, to bring a life-changing healing and prayer ministry to the Levite Summit for the last few years.  This year he will be presenting a sessions on overcoming fear and anxiety and also bringing leadership to the prayer ministry team at Levite with prayer ministers from local churches. Every person, regardless of what they do, who they are, and how long they have done what they do will experience some measure of fear and anxiety in their lives.  For some this is an everyday struggle, for others it seams that it just creeps up on us, often when we least expect it and have little time or tools to deal with it.  In this breakout we will look at some of the roots of fear and anxiety, some of the challenges that they present - especially for Levites, and how we as Levites and leaders can not just deal with them, but actually overcome them in and with the presence of God.  

MICHELLE DERKSEN - NAVIGATING CONFLICT

Murray & Michelle currently reside in Kelowna, BC.  Their day job is serving as the regional developers for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (they do a lot of commuting back and forth).  They have four adult children who also live in the Okanagan.  They have raised their family in Canada, USA, Mexico, Egypt, and Costa Rica.  They both have extensive experience in leadership, worship, soul care, church ministries, and missions. Michelle is a graduate of, and certified with, the Justice Institute of BC as a Third Party Mediator and Conflict Resolution Coach.  She has given a number of seminars in various contexts, and used her skills to help individuals and teams. Conflict happens whether we like it or not, and typically in the church, we are to "nice" to deal with it well (until it explodes and then we want to run).  During this hour we will grow in understanding, perspective and self awareness and leave with some practical tools to manage conflict in healthier ways.

CHRIS THRONESS - CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Chris Throness understands how important it is to empower your staff team rather than dictating to them. For the past ten years he has had to lead multiple staff teams, learning how to lead all kinds of personality types. Chris is the lead pastor at Kamloops Alliance Church, a thriving young church in the interior of BC. Chris is married to Krista with their three kids (Hannah, Micah, and Mattea). Learn more about Chris at www.christhroness.com. This session will be focused in on cultivating emotional intelligence and allowing God to speak into every part of life. Chris will outline what a healthy soul looks like as we go underneath the surface to allow Jesus to work and interact with every part of us - including our emotions. 

DAN TAYLOR - HUMOUR in public speaking

For those who are called to speak or perform publically, humour is an essential tool. But like any tool, humour can be wielded incorrectly and unsafely in ways that are dangerous for both the speaker and the audience. In this session, nationally recognized comic and pastor Dan Taylor will lead the participants through the ingredients of why things are funny, why we're all trying to laugh, and why it matters to humour in a healthy way. Dan Taylor talks to people and makes them feel things. He does it on comedy stages all over North America. He does it on television on CBC, CTV, YESTV and others. He does it for corporations and universities and churches and clubs. He does it weekly as the Pastor of Disciples Church in Edmonton. Drawing on his experience as a husband, father, social worker, pastor, and barista, Dan's unique background enables him to connect with a diverse audience. 

LEADERSHIP TRACK

DARRELL JOHNSON - EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING

In this seminar we will explore what is meant by and how to do 'expository preaching.' After seeking to do it for nearly 50 years now, Darrell Johnson will share the convictions he brings to this ministry.

BRUXY CAVEY - JESUS CENTERED THEOLOGY

Is there a difference between following the Bible and following Jesus? Bruxy will share his view on what it means to have Jesus Centered Theology.

CHRIS THRONESS - LEAD PASTOR AS COACH

Chris Throness understands how important it is to empower your staff team rather than dictating to them. For the past ten years he has had to lead multiple staff teams, learning how to lead all kinds of personality types. Chris is the lead pastor at Kamloops Alliance Church, a thriving young church in the interior of BC. Chris is married to Krista with their three kids (Hannah, Micah, and Mattea). Learn more about Chris at www.christhroness.com. A coaching mentality provides a safe environment, as well as a growth environment on a staff team. The seminar will outline: what is a coaching leadership model and how does it differ from the norm? How can I start to implement this in my environment?

MURRAY DERKSEN - BURNOUT & LONGEVITY

Murray & Michelle currently reside in Kelowna, BC.  Their day job is serving as the regional developers for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (they do a lot of commuting back and forth).  They have four adult children who also live in the Okanagan.  They have raised their family in Canada, USA, Mexico, Egypt, and Costa Rica.  They both have extensive experience in leadership, worship, soul care, church ministries, and missions. Murray has been a worship pastor and worship leader for 30+ years.  He has an MBA in Leadership and is an ongoing student of leaders and the issues that that they face. Leaders of all types face similar challenges - a constant drain on their time, energy, and resources.  There are tried and true habits, developed by Christ followers over the millennia, that allow us the foundation we need to live in a state of perpetual health in our heart, soul, mind, and strength - all while serving His kingdom faithfully.  We will explore those habits and see how they can be practically applied today.

ARTS TRACK

MINDI OATEN - PROPHETIC ART

Mindi will share her testimony of how the Lord brought her back into the arts after a 14 year absence. She shares her journey being a creative in the Kingdom; her struggles and self doubt studying Art in University all the way to her encounter with the Lord and how he brought her back into the arts to paint for His purposes. Mindi lives in Cochrane, AB and travels internationally with a ministry based out of Dallas as a prophetic artist, she shares her experiences on stage and how God has taught her by stepping outside her comfort zone and simply relying on Him. She shares how the Lord has taught her to hear his voice, how she expresses it in her own unique way, and how she believes we are in a time and season for creatives to arise to redefine how the world sees the arts. She prays her testimony will touch and inspire others to believe in the power of art inspired by Holy Spirit. “We must declare God’s beauty to a dying world and touch the hearts of those who need to experience Him through ways beyond words.” ~Mindi

MARLENE G. MCPHERSON - VISUAL ART

Marlene McPherson lives in Lake Country, BC, and is a professional visual artist. She is also an educator and has taught through her studio, M.G.M. Fine Art Studios, since 1993. Marlene is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artist and exhibits her artwork in both commercial and public art galleries. Marlene loves to share the Joy of Creativity with others and is convinced that everyone has some creativity within them. She believes the Lord can teach us through our creativity in unique and unexpected ways. Workshop participants will follow a guided painting demonstration and learn skills and techniques used by professional artists, while working on their individual paintings. Marlene looks forward to encouraging you in your creativity and welcomes all to attend, no matter their art experience or skill level. Supplies will be provided on site.

val lieske - HOW TO TELL A GOOD STORY WITH YOUR LIFE

Val is the founder and Artistic Director of Fire Exit Theatre which is in their 17th season of Telling Stories That Matter in Calgary, AB. She is the Associate Director of Ambrose Arts - the Fine Arts Dept. at Ambrose University and worked for 15 years with Centre Street Church in Creative Communications. She also freelances as a director, writer, producer and educator. Val holds a BA in Theatre and Speech with Trinity Guild University (UK) and is a member of the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada. Val is also a public speaker and spoken word artist. Her first book, Crossroads Cafe’ was listed as a top-ten selling book in the Calgary Herald. She has worked with Rosebud School of the Arts, Rocky Mountain College, Tri-Paw Productions, IJM, and Servants Anonymous, Her passion is coming alongside churches, non-profits and business bringing innovation and storytelling into boardrooms, classrooms, and sanctuaries. 

All of the elements needed to write a good story are the same elements needed to live a good life. Conflict. Character development. Risk. Love. Sacrifice. Find out what scares you, what inspires you, what motivates you and then write them into your story. Stop letting life simply happen to you. A 2 part workshop on how to live life on purpose.

jason armstrong - IMPROV FOR EVERYONE

Jason Armstrong has written and directed numerous full length plays and, in addition to his full time job in radio, ran his own drama studio. As director of drama ministries at Vernon Alliance Church, and through his work as founder of Salt Added Creative, he has long implemented the art of improv as an important facet of not only acting, but building confidence in presentation. Whether you’re a pastor, worship leader, public speaker or simply looking for helpful ways to boldly and joyfully find your voice, there’s something here for you!

curtis allen - video storytelling

Curtis Allen is an award-winning videographer & editor who produces high-end videos for clients across Canada. Curtis has a passion for using video to tell stories in a powerful and moving way. After several years working as a TV News Video-Journalist at CTV News he branched out on his own and now runs a successful video production company in Kelowna specializing in visual storytelling. Through this career, Curtis has had the opportunity to travel to places like Haiti, Bolivia, Ethiopia and more capturing compelling stories for organizations like Compassion, International Justice Mission and other non-profits. Did you know that more than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day? In the past five years, video content has seen tremendous growth and in today's social media world it is the best way to convey a message, entertain, inform or inspire. In this workshop, Curtis talks about how to harness the power of visual storytelling to help develop or grow your ministry. Whether you have thousands of dollars worth of gear at your disposal or just an iPhone, you can and should be telling stories through video. Some of the topics discussed in this workshop include: How to make testimony videos that stand out; The dos and don'ts of crafting a story; How to capture great audio and video, no matter your budget; Why you need royalty-free music, and where to find it.

TECH TRACK

CHRISTIAN STONEHOUSE - MIX UNIVERSITY

Tech team members, try something a little bit different this year! Attend Mix University with Christian Stonehouse in the TECH TRACK at Levite Summit. Audio principles and goals are very similar no matter which level you find yourself at, but sometimes the tools and approaches differ. Christian has the unique ability to bridge that gap with the various skill levels. Over three sessions the goal is to discuss the important topics of the sound tech world in an actual mix setting with a console and visual display so you can have your hands on, or watch and observe the principals of mixing, hearing how things change when effects or compression change, when eq parameters are adjusted and more. Christian has spent years in the studio environment, so the last workshop will be focussed on the Recording Studio. How you can get the basics and get started, and if you’re already established, how you can build on your existing infrastructure. His passion for Audio/Video, acoustics, and music started when he was young; inspired by a vivid memory of sitting cross-legged with the original Star Wars Vinyl in 1977/1978 and listening, in awe, to the beautiful John Williams compositions. With beginnings as a musician together with Darrell Smith he won the Roland National Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in Canada. Since then, Christian has been part of large scale studio and stage builds, installations, and acoustic consulting. His resume is distinguished and includes time in Detroit working for world-renowned and award winning Yessian Music, on many film and TV projects.  He's become quite established through many years of recording and mixing studio albums from artists all across North America including Bachman Turner Overdrive, among others, and is well known and respected in his field. Most recently, he spent 5 years as an on call Tech Specialist for a large Church in Calgary, Alberta. The adventure continues as he has taken his love for music, recording, acoustics, and tech to the field of high end vintage instrument sales. The journey continues with many more in the works including a brand new studio space in downtown Calgary called Block 1109.

Principals of Recording Engineering

How to make high quality recordings from home or abroad. Essential workflow and tools to help you achieve big studio sounds, from your workspace.

The Great Divide: Bridging the Musicians & Techs

Pulling Back the Curtains of our worship and tech Teams. The merging of two contrasting cultures. Learning to interpret each others language. * Interactive Questions Welcomed *

Mixing Live Worship Music

Hands on, in-depth piece by piece foundational Live Concert Track mixing. Room EQ, Scenes and Templates, general practices for success. * Interactive Questions Welcomed *

Mixing Live Worship Music Part 2

Hands on, in-depth piece by piece continued Live Concert Track mixing. Compression, EQ, Advanced FX - general practices for success. *Interactive Questions Welcomed *

Best Practices Panel

We are saving an hour for a very valuable conversation with 3 knowledgeable technical directors and a moderator. Be sure and take in the Best Practices Panel discussion!

COMPASSION TRACK

DAVE SIVERNS - foundation of creative identity

We all love to be creative, believe that justice is essential, and want to live lives of worship, but how are they all connected? We’ll explore the foundation of what it is to be made in God’s image, what we see in Isaiah’s vision of the new Jerusalem, and our calling here and now to creatively engage with the world and to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.

DAVE SIVERNS - the balance of hope & lament

We have a hope that should inspire and underpin everything that we do, but it can be hard to figure out exactly how to live in the fullness of it. Come explore how our hope in the Good News of Jesus empowers us to be a people who live lives of worship in a world that so desperately needs it, and how we can point people to Jesus by creatively communicating this great hope. The world is broken and we all know it – so why do we so rarely talk (or sing) about it? The people of God have always been a people who hold lament and hope together, and engaging the brokenness of our lives and the world around us can help us better define poverty as something that we all wrestle with. Join for interactive teaching and discussion on the importance of lament in our worship and how it can help us build bridges and break down our cultural differences.

social justice panel

Dave Siverns will moderate a panel of local experts to discuss how Compassion and social justice are effecting change in the local and international church.

STUDENT TRACK

Tim Busse - the power of influence: how to build it, how to use it

Leadership is influence.  In this seminar, we will discuss the character and skills needed to increase your impact; how to avoid the misuse of Leadership and how to build healthy relationships. Tim Busse is the Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at Kamloops Alliance.

Mike jones - wild goose chase

Following the Spirit and planning for worship can often feel like a wild goose chase, but is it possible to do both effectively? Is it possible that the Holy Spirit loves to move both in the middle of a youth rally as well as the planning in advance? Let’s explore together the practices, skills and tools for stepping into Spirit-led worship! Students should bring instruments in case there’s an opportunity to play together on the weekend, or with Mike as he demonstrates some of the practical tools in leading worship as well (multitracks etc.) As a worship pastor for over 16 years, Mike is a skilled musician, worship leader, and mentor who has a passion to walk with Jesus, to lead the church in worship, to develop multigenerational worship bands and to disciple leaders who love Jesus more and lead others to Him! 

JORIN GREEN - SERVING BEYOND YOUR TALENT

Serving with your gifts, whether it’s the arts, music or tech, is about more than just using your talent. This workshop will help youth identify and improve on the skills necessary to be an effective and valuable member of a team. Areas of focus will include personal preparation, spiritual self-care, honouring your leader, and caring for others. A discussion of using the worship team experience as a foundation for broader service and leadership will challenge young people to do more in their ministry for Christ in the Church and in the world.