I had the chance to attend the National Worship Leader's Conference this year in Austin, Texas. It was July 21-24, and I've never attended a more uplifting and worshipful conference before. It was designed specifically for music pastors, and I attended lots of workshops and worship sessions. I'm thankful to God and Brookings Wesleyan for this opportunity.
Riverbend Church, Austin, Texas
I had the chance to meet Paul Baloche (He wrote "Open the Eyes of My Heart", "Hosanna", "Above All", "Offering", and many more!)
Philips, Craig, and Dean
This was a huge highlight for me. I met Tommy Walker after taking his songwriting workshop. I told him how God has used the song "Here I Am Again" in every church I've attended, and in the college band I was in. He was really surprised. He thought that song never caught on. (Tommy has written "He Knows My Name", "That's Why We Praise Him", "Only a God Like You", and many more.)
Paul Baloche and Kathryn Scott (Writer of "Hungry")
Another highlight...meeting Chris Tomlin after his songwriting workshop!
CeCe Winans led us in worship on Thursday evening.
Israel Houghton and band rocked! They were the last leaders of the conference on Thursday.
This is me and Steve Dickerson. We met at the conference and became good friends. He's from New Jersey...it was a blast going to workshops and services together!