“The Forming Hearts, Creating Art” conference is hosted at Fuller Seminary by the Fred Bock Institute of Music and its director, Dr. Edwin Willmington, to help worship leaders and pastors develop skills and understanding to broaden and enrich the worship experience through the integrative power of music, liturgy, pastoral care, and theology. Read more about the speakers below. Those who are involved in worship leadership at any level will find it to be an experience they won’t want to miss.
John Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and professor of music and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources, Worship Seeking Understanding,: Windows into Christian Practice, co-author of Proclaiming the Christmas Gospel: Ancient Sermons and Hymns for Contemporary Christian Inspiration and co-editor of The Worship Sourcebook and Worship in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Change and Continuity in Religious Practice. To get a preview of his talk at the conference, watch an interview with John here.
Ken Medema, artist and composer, launched Brier Patch Music, an independent recording, publishing and performance-booking company in 1985. Though blind from birth, Ken has demonstrated his extraordinary musical vision to a growing number of loyal fans across the nation and around the world. He has been singing over 32 years in every venue imaginable for every size audience from churches to corporations. Ken custom designs events for every occasion. Using his gift of improvisation, Ken hears with his heart, stories from people or themes from events or speeches and sings the stories back to audiences of all ages. At home in San Francisco with his wife Jane, they spend their time reading books, watching movies (yes Ken is an avid movie goer) and delighting in their grandchildren, Charlotte and Henry.
Tommy Walker has led worship at Christian Assembly in Los Angeles, California since 1990. He has also been privileged to serve with such church leaders as Jack Hayford, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren. He has recorded worship projects for Maranatha! Music, Integrity Music, and Get Down Minsitries.He has traveled with Promise Keepers, Greg Laurie Harvest Crusades and Franklin Graham. Tommy has written over 100 songs that are currently being sung in churches around the world: “He Knows My Name,” “That’s Why We Praise Him,” “Mourning Into Dancing,” and his latest song, “I Have a Hope.” Tommy has held concerts and ministry outreaches to the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Guatemala, Zambia and Brazil.