Matt leads RockPointe, a multi-site church in Calgary, Alberta. Matt and his wife Jamie have five daughters, four son-in-laws and six grandkids. Matt has served in pastoral leadership roles in Kelowna, Regina, Philadelphia, Calgary and Salem, Oregon. Matt has a deep love for leaders and those who choose to serve others through the body of Christ. He will share about the longing God has for His church to embrace His plan to live as disciples on mission together. Thus embracing our identity as Christ-followers, engaging in what God is doing in the world and living in deep and committed community is critical to our success.
Jeremy Kinniburgh is the Pastor of Discipleship at Vernon Alliance Church in Vernon, BC. Jeremy will be teaching at Levite Summit, along with leading a team of trained prayer ministers who will be available for personal ministry to all who attend.
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WORSHIP & INSTRUMENTS TRACK
JON BULLER - PROPHETIC WORSHIP
Jon is Executive Director of Hear the Music Ministries and co-founder of the Levite Summit. He is also a Juno-nominated recording artist, who loves to lead people in musical worship experiences. In this seminar Jon will explore the Old Testament roots of prophetic worship, and a New Testament theology for a sometimes misunderstood idea of what it means to be prophetic through music in our day.
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 - planning transformational worship
Stacey is a worship leader with over 20 years of experience in worship planning, leadership development, music performance, and liturgy. She is passionate about theologically-driven worship that transforms the people of God, equipping them to participate in God’s work. She serves on faculty as the Director of the Worship Arts program at Columbia Bible College. Have you ever struggled with worship planning, wondering which songs to choose and how to plan toward the sermon without simply circling a theme? The four-fold liturgical structure is a transformational tool that gathers a community together, helps them to receive the Word, gives them an opportunity to respond to the Word, and sends them out with that Word to continue to participate in the work of God in the world. We’ll discuss the heart of this structure and how you can engage this transformational tool in your own congregation— without becoming a “liturgical” church.
MARK COLE - ORGANIZED LEADER
Mark has spent over 30 years as a Worship Pastor in some of the largest churches in Canada and is also the founding musical arranger of Praise Charts, a ministry supplying worship charts and orchestrations for thousands of churches around the world. Mark has also spent 10 years travelling around the world to over 60 countries leading worship in outreach situations, doing church consulting, teaching seminars and directing bands with many different ministries. Check out his blog: Following God – The Grand Adventure: markcole.ca. This session will give you 7 great tips on how to get it all done and help your team grow.
CARMEN KINNIBURGH - WORSHIP CHOIR
Carmen Kinniburgh is the Pastor of K-Gr 5 Ministries at Vernon Alliance Church in Vernon BC. She has many years of choral experience leading children’s choirs and adult worship choirs. One area of ministry that she loves to facilitate is leading people, no matter the age, into a deeper connection with God that is both personal and invitational. This workshop will include some vocal tips as well as a choir rehearsal, and participants will join Jon and the band on stage in the closing session. All levels of experience welcome.
julie pearson - vocals
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, and how to reduce tension and strain while increasing your range and improving your vocal health. We’ll also talk about demystifying harmony – how to find it, and blend and tuning.
brett ziegler - keys
Brett is a multi-instrumentalist, theatre actor, technical director, and teacher. He currently plays 5 nights a week with The Jones Boys in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, and has been the Technical Director at North Langley Community Church since 2011. He has played on over 70 album projects, working with Russ Rosen, Graham Ord, Carolyn Arends, Dan Bremnes, Cobus Potgieter, Jon Buller & more. Learn tips, technique and sound choice principles for playing keys in various settings. Topics will include: voicings for pads, choosing your register, making the right space, and thinking (and cheating) like a guitar player.
RYAN BONANNO & STEVE COGBILL - BASS & DRUMS
Ryan is a talented young bass player from the Okanagan valley, who plays regularly all over the lower mainland, and in Kelowna and the surrounding area when he’s home. He is well versed in worship music, and is currently working on a biblical studies and worship arts degree at Columbia Bible College. He also studied jazz bass performance at Capilano University, which gives him a well rounded approach to being in a rhythm section, with both a passion for worship and expertise in theory and technique. Steve is a young and experienced drummer from Kelowna, with 15 years of playing under his belt. he most often plays at Trinity Church and has talent beyond his years. Ryan and Steve have been playing together for 10+ years, and will co-teach this session for bass & drums. The bass player and drummer are the foundation of a band, and this session will help you understand the key components for working well together and supporting your band and leader in the best way possible.
GREG RAMSDEN - ELECTRIC GUITAR
Greg has been a Worship Pastor since 2005. A champion for arts and creativity in the church, he desires for God to use him any way He can to help people experience God in a real way. Greg enjoys doing that through worship, creativity, humour, and writing. He is currently the Worship Pastor at Sherwood Park Alliance Church, is married to Jaci and is Dad to three kids who typically prescribe any free time and plans they have. One of the most unique features of the electric guitar is that it provides us with a wide variety of effects, sounds and tones that allow us to enhance and improve our melody. We will look at how we use those effects and more specifically how they’re best applied in the context of church music. Sharpen up your approach to riffs, lead lines, parts, and making good musical decisions in this workshop. Plus the always expected conversation on TONE.
NATHAN C - ACOUSTIC GUITAR
Nathan has worked as a worship pastor for 15 years as well as a recording artist and professional musician based out of Edmonton. He holds a degree in Music as a guitar major and his love of wide-ranging styles and eras of music has uniquely equipped him as an instrumentalist, songwriter and performer. In this acoustic guitar workshop, we will be covering a number of topics that apply to the week-to-week realities of playing in the context of a worship band. These topics will include chord voicings, using (or not using) the capo, the acoustic’s place in the band, getting out of “ruts" in your playing, strumming/fingerpicking and some suggested exercises to expand your skillset from whatever skill level you are at.
SOUL CARE TRACK
MATT BODA - VICTORY OVER ANXIETY
Leading and serving others often results in an overwhelming sense of anxiety. When others are reactive and blaming toward us, as disciples we must learn to serve from a place of self-differentiation. Developing the ability to maintain a non-anxious presence in the face of others whose anxiety is on the rise is a critical skill for artists and leaders. This seminar takes a look at how to become the non-anxious person in any room starting with the example of Jesus and ending with a look at our lives some 2000 years later. Along the way, we’ll discover that His principles work just as well for us today.
MATT & JAMIE BODA - SABBATH IN A RESTLESS AGE
Crazy schedules, high expectations, long working hours and regular visits from the unexpected - what a fitting description of the lifestyle of many. Sooner or later, a rest-less life takes its toll on all aspects of our wellness as leaders and artists. Thankfully, God provided a means by which we can rest, renew and refill our tanks - the practice of sabbath. This workshop defines sabbath as “the way of enough” - the choice to cease from our doing to engage in a sabbath life in which our souls are renewed. As a result, we once again become human beings instead of human doings. We’ll take time to define sabbath, unveil it in the Scriptures and then step back and look at a variety of applications of this “way of enough” to our everyday lives as leaders and artists.
JEREMY KINNIBURGH - LIFE OF PRAYER
Jeremy Kinniburgh is the Pastor of Discipleship at Vernon Alliance Church in Vernon, BC. Prayer is something that we are given as a gift by God to communicate with Him, hear His voice, & to go deeper in our faith & to bless the world. A life of prayer doesn’t just happen, it must be cultivated. This is important in the life of every believer. We will be looking at what it looks like to Cultivate and live intimately with God in a life of prayer.
jamie BODA - inner life of a leader
Jamie’s vocation is spiritual direction. She has spent the last decade of her life pursuing training and education related to spiritual direction. She has a Masters degree in Spiritual Formation from Portland Seminary and has undergone several levels of training outside of her formal degree as well. In her everyday life, Jamie serves numerous clients who engage with her as their spiritual director both live and by Skype. As well, she provides group spiritual direction and leads retreats that are largely focused on one’s identity in Christ. God is present and active in all things even though there are times when it’s difficult to discern what He’s up to in our lives. Learning to engage in spiritual conversations is a tremendous means of expanding our awareness of God’s presence and activity in, through and all around us. This seminar will help you explore a simple practice that will lead to meaningful spiritual conversation.
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
val lieske - intro to acting
Val is the Associate Director of Theatre at Ambrose University, and the Managing Artistic Director at Fire Exit Theatre. This course will be hands on practice for aspiring actors. Acting is living truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Learn how to raise the stakes in a scene, how to truly listen and respond to your scene partner.
val lieske - how to tell a story with your life
Val is the Associate Director of Theatre at Ambrose University, and the Managing Artistic Director at Fire Exit Theatre. This session is open to all and can be applied to any job or ministry. All the elements needed to write a good story are the same elements needed to live a good life. Love. Risk. Adventure. Conflict. Sacrifice. Find out what scares you, what inspires you, what motivates you and how you can write them into your story.
DARYL YAKIELASHEK - MULTIMEDIA 101
Multimedia is the new stained glass. These systems provide for unique opportunities for dramatic visuals that tell stories, captivate viewers and create atmosphere. In this class you will gain an understanding of today’s modern multimedia systems; learn how they function, how to use multiple screens effectively, live video basics, and how best to use presentation software.
DARYL YAKIELASHEK - AUDIO FUNDAMENTALS
This class will begin with a quick review of audio basics, focusing in on signal flow and gain structure, and how they differ between analog and digital mixers. We will also explore the various types of EQ and dynamic processors, learning how to maximize the power of Parametric EQ and Compression.
DARYL YAKIELASHEK - AUDIO WITH A BAND
This class will explore the systems and tools that can improve a band’s experience and make us techs look like the rock stars! Learn how to effectively mix for stage wedges vs In Ear Monitors, and if one system is better than the other. We will also learn how to run an effective sound check and best communicate with the Band.
DAVE SIVERNS - CREATIVITY, JUSTICE AND WORSHIP
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 - A PEOPLE OF HOPE
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.
DAVE SIVERNS - LAMENTING POVERTY
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.