honor His Word
worship His Name
reach the rest
Raise up Worshippers of Jesus Christ around the World
Sponsor conferences, concerts and seminars to exalt Jesus Christ and His word, to call believers to serve the disenfranchised and to
engage in the global work
of “finishing the task” of
a taste of the creative artists who
will join us this June 2013
Greg Buchanan is a world-class harpist whose enthusiastic jazz-style of playing both traditional and contemporary music sets him in a category all by himself. Greg’s heartfelt sensitivity when playing the hymns of the church leaves one in absolute awe. For the past 30 years, God has called Greg to a life of traveling to spread the Good News, to encourage ministers and to lead people into the presence of God through exciting worship and personal testimony. Greg is energized and encouraged by the people he encounters while touring. His prayer is that he will be used to encourage others through his witness and testimony. Greg and his wife Becky reside in Santa Ana, CA.
Known as the “Manheim Steamroller” of gospel music, the Burchfield Brothers roots began in a Smokey Mountain cabin and a two room school house. After the government closed the school down, their family relocated to the south side of Chicago. This mix of cultural heritage helped to develop the Burchfield’s stylistic diversity of Appalachian Irish, Classical, Jazz, Contemporary Christian Music and Gospel. The Dove Award nominated duo has been involved in music ministry for over 40 years and their instrumental CDs span the globe.
Doyle Combs is one of the nation’s pioneers in the field of Sacred Instrumental Music and Gospel Jazz. Having conducted over 3500 public performances he has been a professional music educator for over 30 years. For 15 years, Doyle conducted and served as CEO of JUBILATION BRASS, a gospel jazz touring orchestra. Mr. Combs has performed professionally throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. He has worked with many Christian artists, appeared with the
St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants on national television and with numerous shows for the Disney Corporation in Orlando, Florida.
For 18 years, Doyle served as senior musical director for the Sunrise Methodist Church in Colorado Springs and currently serves as worship pastor at Heart Song Ministries, also in Colorado Springs.
Paul and Marjorie Ferrin are natives of Denver, CO and have spent their lives together in Christian music. Paul is a preacher’s kid who grew up playing the piano in his father’s church. He is a graduate of Northwestern College in Minneapolis and Marjorie is a graduate of Central Bible College, Springfield, MO.
Paul has well over 300 published arrangements including Choral Octavos and collections as well as Piano/Organ duets. The Ferrins have traveled extensively with Youth for Christ, composer Ira Stanphill and the late Kathryn Kuhlman. In 1999, Paul and Marj began hosting Old Fashioned Hymn Sings in Colorado Springs and eventually the Hymn Sings have taken them to churches and venues in over 30 States. The Ferrins live in Colorado Springs and have been married 59 years. They have 4 children, 9 grand-children and 7 great grandchildren.
A graduate of Baylor University, Shelley Jennings was first drawn to worship while attending Choice Bible study, led by Louie Giglio. In 2004, she joined the Women of Faith Worship Team and in her 3 years with them led worship for over 300,000 women. Shelley has since recorded 4 solo albums…newest being, Quiet Rest, a collection of hymns. She is an active speaker and concert artist at churches and events throughout the year. Shelley is also a gifted studio vocalist having logged thousands of recording hours. She has shared the studio with many of today's prominent artists including Sandi Patty, David Phelps, Natalie Grant, The Collingsworth Family, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and the legendary Brenda Lee. Shelley and her husband John live in the Nashville, TN area.
Tim Kaufman’s motivation is to see people worship God truthfully and passionately, both in gathered worship and individual worship. A graduate of the Word of Life Bible Institute and of Cedarville University, Tim has served with Jack Wyrtzen and the Word of Life, Riverdale Baptist Church, MD, and Northcliff Baptist Church, FL. In 1989, he moved his ministry headquarters to Central Florida and traveled as a concert artist and seminar presenter. Tim and his wife Alicia are the parents of five and reside near Orlando, FL.
Babbie Mason is an award-winning singer-songwriter and author with a ministry and career that has spanned the globe over three decades and blessed countless thousands. The daughter of a Baptist pastor, Babbie learned to serve others early in life. Demonstrating exceptional musical skill early she became the church’s full-time pianist and choir director by age nine. Those humble beginnings paved the way for a ministry that has encouraged the hearts of young and old alike in churches, conferences and corporate conventions around the world. Babbie has been nominated eleven times for the prestigious Dove Award winning twice and has been nominated for the Grammy and Stellar Awards as Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year. She has graced the stage in numerous Billy Graham Crusades, Women of Faith Conferences, The Grammy Awards and Carnegie Hall. Babbie and husband Charles live on a farm in West Georgia. www.babbie.com
Russell Newport studied voice in Los Angeles and San Francisco as well as the New England Conservatory of Music. He has been tenor soloist with symphony orchestras and oratorio societies around the world and has toured South America with the Crusades of the Americas. Dr. Newport had the honor of singing on the famous Ed Sullivan Show and appeared on ABC, CBS, and Japanese religious presentations. His concerts continue to bless thousands here and overseas. He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Springfield, MO.
Linda Skaret is a piano soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, and choral music director. Founder and director of ENTOURAGE MINISTRIES, Ms. Skaret directs a choir of inmates at the Limon Correctional Facility, CO, a high security prison for violent offenders and “lifers.” Linda now serves as worship accompanist at Forestgate Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs. A graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, MO, Linda is married to Dean.
Wiley Skaret, is an eleven year old grandson of Linda Skaret, also featured here. Wiley is a member of the Creative Arts Ministry at McLean Bible Church where he enjoys his occasional role as a soloist, member of the rhythm section, or accompanist. He is the 2013 First Prize winner of the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, the 2012 winner of the Asian American International Piano Competition and the 2011 and 2012 Virginia Auditions Runner-Up. He has twice performed at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), as well as the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, George Mason University, the Hungarian Embassy, the Alden Theater in McLean, VA, and given solo recitals in Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, and Michigan. Wiley loves the outside, reading adventure novels, and can't wait to start riding a motorcycle. He lives in Virginia with his parents and sister.
The daughter of a White House clarinetist and a world-class cellist, it was pretty much inevitable that she would play a musical instrument of some kind. Truth be told, Lori Jean Smith began her violin studies as a ploy to end up with her grandmother’s keepsake violin. Despite her multiple attempts to stop once she started, her parents’ prayers prevailed and she saw God’s clear leading to take a musical path in her life. Lori Jean is a “world class” violinist and though classically trained is at home with a variety of musical styles. Her motto is ‘artistry with passion,’ and she embodies the saying of J.S. Bach ‘I play the notes... but God makes the music.’ Lori Jean lives in the Orlando, Florida area with her husband Tim and their two sons, Zachary (14) and Dillon (12).
The unmistakable sound of VERITAS brings a fresh approach to the contemporary classical genre. Their style is fashioned from a fusion of artistic excellence, creative pursuit, and a performance that promises to inspire an audience of any distinction. In the Fall of 2012, Jeff Anderson, James Berrian, Jordan Johnson, Andrew Goowin and Lucas Scott Lawerence began a tour that has allowed this group to perform on stages around the world! Each member contributes an array of training, accomplishments, and credentials, in both classical and pop music, which yields an exceptional artistic experience. This experience is the powerful sound of five male vocals, singing both new and old songs, delivering the sound of love, hope, and excellence.
Nathan Woodward . . . native of Pascagoula, MS began his formal music training at the age of eight and began playing saxophone at the age of twelve. A graduate of the University of Mobile in Mobile, AL, Nathan has performed for dignitaries such as former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee, former Mississippi Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, and President George W. Bush. He has worked with organizations such as Chick-fil-A, the American Red Cross, Chevron USA, MGM Resorts, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute, and Alpha Ministries in Asia and West Africa. In addition to his concert ministry, Nathan is a performer and clinician with the Yamaha Corporation of America as a “Yamaha Performing Artist”; serves on the advisory board of Alpha Ministries and as a Music Specialist for the Texas Baptist Convention. Nathan resides in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. www.nathanwoodward.com
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