Saturday, August 27, 2022
Grace Baptist Church
1510 Old Hickory Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37207
Cost and Registration
$40/PERSON (includes lunch)
$30/PERSON for GROUPS of 10+
When registering a group,
use discount code GOTEAM
Thursday, August 24 at 2:00 pm
(two days prior to conference)
Dr. Will Whittaker
Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music
Dr. Will Whittaker is Minister of Music at Ivy Creek Baptist in Buford, GA where he leads a multi-faceted, intergenerational music ministry. He holds both the BME and MME with emphases in voice and choral conducting from Auburn University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Church Music with specializations in worship and hymnology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where his dissertation research focused on choral ministries in intergenerational churches. Beyond his local church ministry, Will is a frequent teacher and clinician at worship conferences throughout America and has been an adjunct Professor of Church Music at Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA. He is an active member in both the Baptist Church Music Conference and Metro II Music Conference. Will continues to write about his research on intergenerational worship on his blog, www.drwillwhittaker.org. Will and his wife, Deanna, have three sons.
Dr. Zeb Balentine
Track: Worship Bands/Worship Teams
Worship professor for Bryan College (Dayton, TN) and Liberty University (Lynchburg, VA). He has been in worship ministry for over 15 years in Arkansas and Tennessee. He has published 2 books on worship: The Singing Teacher: How the Worship Leader Shapes the Theology of the Church and Worship Vitals: Signs of a Healthy Worship Culture. He and his wife, Michelle live in Dayton, TN with their 3 children.
Track: Creativity in Worship
Matt Tullos has been writing dramatic, devotionals, sermons, videos, poems and humor since 1985. He is a monthly humor writer for Homelife.
He has served Southern Baptists as editor, teacher, consultant, specialist and coach at LifeWay, the Louisiana Baptist Convention and presently the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
Matt has been married to Darlene Tullos since 1986. They have written and performed dramatic vignettes for Fall Festivals of Marriage, The Southern Baptist Convention, Sunday School Weeks, The Drama in Worship Conference, and Winter Youth Celebration. They are the parents of four sons: Isaac, Jacob, Nathan, and Caleb.
He loves Jesus.
Track: Choirs (Directors and Members)
Megan Allen, a Southern Illinois native, earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2003 from Murray State University. She currently serves at the Director of the Bethel University Renaissance Choir, Resound (16 voice group) and directs the music for the Renaissance theatre program. Renaissance is very unique in that it is an extra curricular scholarship program where students are given opportunities to sing, act, play an instrument or in technical production. The groups travel to churches and serve in music ministry all over the Midwest!
Before coming to Bethel in 2017, Megan taught K-12 choral music, integration/aesthetic arts education. She has also served in music/ children’s/youth ministry for over 20 years. In 2009, Megan was given the prestigious Tennessee Young Music Educator of the Year award. She has also served as guest clinician and judge for the Illinois and Kentucky music education associations and has been an event chairman for several events the West TN Vocal Music Education Association. Megan currently serves alongside her husband Jeremy, in youth ministry at Chapel Hill Baptist Church, Milan, TN. They have two beautiful children, Fisher (10) and Ruby (5). In her spare time (which is rare) Megan enjoys fitness, shopping and traveling with her family!
Dawson Hull is a pianist, composer, and conductor living in Memphis, TN. A graduate from the University of Memphis, Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore and Samford University in Birmingham, AL, Dawson has appeared as a featured soloist with numerous symphony orchestras. Choirs and chamber ensembles across the mid-South have performed his compositions. Dawson is the Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church where he leads the Conservatory of Music, orchestra, jazz band, and student choir. Dawson and his wife, Taneea, who is a clarinetist, have two children
Track: Children's Choir
Originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, music has been a life-long activity for Pam Andrews. She has written and produced over 70 children’s choir musicals and has written over 700 songs for children working with various publishers in the Christian music field. She now has her own publishing company, Pam Andrews Music. Pam also serves as an adjunct professor at Welch College and teaches piano. Pam has been nominated for several Dove Awards for her children’s musicals and was recently chosen by the Grammy Foundation as Top Ten Music Teacher in the United States and Music Teacher of the Year by the Country Music Association. Pam is married to David Andrews and they have two children and four grandchildren.
Track: Worship Vocals
Emily is a full-time artist, songwriter, worship leader and session vocalist in Nashville, TN. She studied commercial voice at Belmont University and has been singing professionally since age 8, starting early in musical theater, then performing pop, country, choral and a cappella music, and later developed a heart for leading worship. Along with performing songs live, she loves session singing and singing backup harmonies any chance she gets. Having a history with vocal damage during her early years in Nashville has made Emily passionate about vocal health and pp pool she loves about equipping and developing other singers and worship leaders in how to protect, grow and use their voices with freedom and confidence.
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Scott Shepherd
Speaker: Opening Worship
Scott serves as Worship and Music Specialist with the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. An active educator, worship leader, composer, and conductor, Scott received his education at Shorter University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Scott directs the Tennessee Men’s Chorale and Tennessee Ladies Chorus and served for three years on the adjunct faculty at Union University. His family of six (The Shepherd Family) were active worship leaders and performers for many years. Scott is married to his college sweetheart, Traci, and they live in a little, West Tennessee town named Henry, just outside Paris. Together they have four children: Jordan, Iris, Gideon, and Grace.
Worship Leader: Opening Worship
Brock began serving at Grace Baptist in Nashville in July of 2021. Prior to coming to Grace, he received his Bachelor of Music in Worship Studies at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas and has served in various worship leadership roles in Texas. Brock is not only a worship leader, but also enjoys writing music. You can find his music on a variety of music platforms such as Apple Music and Spotify.