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Craig Adams

Breakout Track: Worship Bands/Worship Teams

Conference Locations: Lower East, West, Middle

Craig Adams is LifeWay Worship’s Creative/Publishing Director. And, YOU CAN collection Writer/Arranger. And Worship Pastor of Clements Baptist Church. In other words, if you can’t find him, you should probably look in the Studio or at Church. He’s blessed with a crazy amount of creative talent, has a heart filled with passion for the Lord, and loves to sing praises to God with his angelic voice. He’s also a Disney fanatic and major Cincinnati Red’s fan – thank goodness his wife, Deanna, and kids, Maddie and Hayden, love these things, too.


Pam Andrews

Breakout Track: Children's Choirs

Conference Locations: Lower East, Upper East, West, Middle

Originally from Poplar Bluff, Missouri, Music has been a life-long activity for Pam Andrews. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. After college, Pamwas a performer at Opryland USA in Nashville working also as a commercial actress for several years. In recent years, Pam achieved her Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Pam has taught elementary music for almost 20 years in Sumner County Schools and is the music specialist at Station Camp Elementary School. Pam is also an avid songwriter of children’s Christian music having written and produced over 60 children’s choir musicals and over 600 songs for children. She has worked with various publishers in the Christian music field and now has her own publishing company, Pam Andrews Music. Pam’s songs and musicals have been performed internationally. 

Pam is known for her curriculum developmental ideas found in the numerous teacher resource books she has written. She teaches conferences across the United States with an emphasis on hands-on learning in music. Pam is also currently serving as an adjunct professor at Welch College and teaches piano.

Pam has been nominated for several Dove Awards for her writing and was Teacher of the Year for SCE in 2016 and 2008. She was recently chosen by the Grammy Foundation as Top Ten Music Teacher in the United States as well as the Country Music Association Music Teacher of the Year.

Pam is married to David Andrews and they have two children, Matthew and Leigh and has two new Grandsons, John and Elliot.

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Zeb Ballentine

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Minister of Music

Conference Location: Lower East

Dr. Zeb Balentine is the professor of Christian Ministry and Worship Arts at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He also leads a worship resourcing and coaching ministry called, Vital Worship. He is the author of the book "The Singing Teacher: How the Worship Leader Shapes the Theology of the Church." Prior to moving to Tennessee, Zeb was a worship pastor in Arkansas for twelve years. He and his wife, Michelle serve on the worship team at their church in Dayton, where they live with their three children.

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Todd Brady

Conference Pastor

Conference Location: West 

Todd E. Brady is Vice President for University Ministries and Assistant Professor of Ministry. He has served as pastor of a local church, interim pastor in several churches, a staff member in churches and in various University roles. He provides leadership to the chapel and to ministries to students, faculty and staff as well as the University’s relationships with churches and ministry organizations in Tennessee and throughout America. 

A regular columnist and a frequent conference presenter and speaker, he is also a sought-after preacher in churches. His writings often appear in The Jackson Sun, Baptist Press, Baptist Press Sports, ParentLife Magazine, Baptist and Reflector and other periodicals. Brady has contributed chapters to Shaping a Christian Worldview: The Foundation of Christian Higher Education (B&H Academic, 2002) and Reclaiming the Gospel at Home: Biblical Truths for Men (Innovo. 2013). 

Todd and his wife, Amy founded Adoption and Family Matters—an organization in West Tennessee for families who are pursuing family through adoption. They are parents to five sons: Jack (12), William (10), Isaac (8), Benjamin (7) and Miller (3).


Jeff Burnham

Breakout Track: Keyboard (Piano, Keyboard, Organ)

Conference Locations: Lower East, Upper East

Jeff Burnham is a pianist and conductor based in Nashville. He is a vocal coach and artist instructor at Vanderbilt University and a regular accompanist for the Nashville Symphony. With over 30 years of experience as a church pianist, he recently was called as the Minister of Worship Arts by Crievewood Baptist Church in Nashville, where he directs the choir and praise team and leads the congregation in worship. As a die-hard classical musician, Jeff believes that all music is valid, that all music is communication, and he encourages an unapologetically authentic approach to performing contemporary and classical styles side by side through attention to various conceptual, technical, and idiomatic nuances.


Pepper Choplin

Breakout Track: Choir (Singers and Directors)

Conference Location: Upper East

Pepper Choplin is a full-time composer, conductor and humorist. He has gained a reputation as one of the most creative writers in church music today. With a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, he went on to earn a Master of Music degree in composition from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

With a diverse musical background, Choplin incorporates varied styles such as folk, Gospel, classical, and jazz. His published works includes over 300 anthems for church and school choir with 20 church cantatas and two books of piano arrangements. Over 100 groups have commissioned him to write original works for them.  An original hymn, "Come to the Water" appears in the hymnal, Celebrating Grace. His anthems consistently appear in the top seller lists of publishers and distributors. Since 1991, his choral music has sold several million copies. Each week, thousands of singers present his music in churches and schools in the United States and around the world.

In 2013, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in a joint concert with Joseph Martin.  Since then, he has conducted three cantatas at Lincoln Center with 250 voices and orchestra.  He also visits many schools, churches and conferences to conduct and to entertain. Beyond his choral music, Choplin has produced two humorous CDs and an inspirational recording. In his solo concerts, he moves audiences with his powerful ballads and his hilarious humor.

Currently, he attends Greystone Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as music minister for twenty-two years.  There in his hometown, Choplin has conducted several mass performances of his Easter and Christmas cantatas in Meymandi Auditorium (home to the NC Symphony) with over two hundred voices and full orchestra.

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David Crutchley

Conference Pastor

Conference Location: Upper East

Dr. Crutchley came to Carson-Newman in 2004 and serves as the Dean of Religion. He teaches upper level New Testament electives that include Sermon on the Mount, the Fourth Gospel, and Paul. He grew up in southern Africa and every year takes Carson-Newman students to Israel during spring break and to Cape Town, South Africa in the summer. His wife, Carol, is a staff accompanist in the Music School at Carson-Newman. His two sons, Russ & Matthew, live in Washington and Maryland, and his daughter, Abby, is in Middle School. Dr. Crutchley received Carson-Newman's Distinguished Faculty Award in 2016.

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Austin Gray

Breakout Track: Audio-Visual

Conference Location: Lower East

Austin Gray is a technician at Internally Sound in Milan, Tennessee. Offering complete technical production services from concept to the final product, they provide cutting edge technology for all events and installations. Their event services include complete production management: drawings, production advance, and management of sound, lighting, video, and staging.  From Ballrooms to Arenas, Church Auditoriums to Stadiums, we can put together a technical system that will meet your needs and your budget.

Internally Sound’s installation services include design and installation of sound, lights, video, and projection, but it is their training and support that allow them to truly take care of their customers.  If your installation is a theater or a church auditorium …  new construction, renovation, or just technical upgrades, they can design and install a system that will be reliable and serve you well for years to come.


Sam Greer

Conference Pastor

Conference Location: Lower East

Dr. Sam Greer has served as a pastor in the local church since 2004. After serving two congregations in Louisiana, Sam was led to Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he has served as Senior Pastor since 2012. The passion of Sam’s heart is to connect people to Jesus one conversation at a time and to lead God’s people to do the same. He has written two books, The Gospel Conversation and The Gospel Conversationalist to encourage believers to share their faith in everyday life. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College. He also received a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and a Doctor of Philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam and his wife Tonya have two daughters.

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Dawson Hull

Breakout Track: Keyboard (Piano, Keyboard, Organ) 

Conference Locations: West, Middle

Dawson Hull is a pianist, composer, and conductor living in Memphis, TN. He graduated from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore where he earned his Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Prior to Peabody, he graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano and Theory/Composition. He has studied piano with Alice Adams Jackson, Betty Sue Shepherd, Thomas Hecht, Marian Hahn, Eric Zuber, and Cathal Breslin. Dawson has appeared as soloist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, Delta Symphony Orchestra, Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Samford University Orchestra, Southeastern Chamber Orchestra, the Omulgee Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He was the 2003 recipient of the Betty H. Miller/Betty Sue Shepherd Scholarship at Samford University. He was also awarded a Graduate Assistantship in Music Theory at Peabody Conservatory and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Memphis in Aural Theory.

As a composer, he has written orchestral, chamber, choral, and solo works under Dr. Ronald Boud, Dr. James Jensen, and Bob Burroughs. Choirs of Samford and other professional chamber ensembles have premiered his compositions.  Dawson frequently performs solo and chamber recitals throughout the mid-south and has most recently appeared in master classes with Leon Fleisher, Awadagin Pratt, Enid Katahn, Santiago Rodriguez, Yakov Kasman, Jon Kimura Parker, and Yael Weiss.

Dawson is the Associate Pastor of Instrumental Worship Arts at Germantown Baptist Church where he leads the Conservatory of Music, orchestra, jazz band, and student choir. Previously, he was the Minister of Instrumental Music and Director of the School of the Arts at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA. He is finishing doctorate degree in piano at the University of Memphis. Dawson and his wife, Taneea Hull, who is a clarinetist, have two children: daughter, Brylee, and son, Brayden.

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Phil Jenkins

Breakout Track: Audio-Visual

Conference Location: West

Phil Jenkins is the co-owner of Internally Sound. Offering complete technical production services from concept to the final product, they provide cutting edge technology for all events and installations. Their event services include complete production management: drawings, production advance, and management of sound, lighting, video, and staging.  From Ballrooms to Arenas, Church Auditoriums to Stadiums, we can put together a technical system that will meet your needs and your budget.

Internally Sound’s installation services include design and installation of sound, lights, video, and projection, but it is their training and support that allow them to truly take care of their customers.  If your installation is a theater or a church auditorium …  new construction, renovation, or just technical upgrades, they can design and install a system that will be reliable and serve you well for years to come.


Doug Johnson

Breakout Track: Audio-Visual

Conference Location: Upper East

Doug joined the staff of FBC Morristown as Pastor of Media January 1st of 2011. He has a strong background in Communications, Broadcasting, Information Technology, and Ministry.  He has worked for various broadcast stations in East Tennessee as well as almost 2 decades in Information Technology management. He has served almost 20 years in ministry in positions such as Youth Pastor, Missions Pastor, and Media Pastor. He also teaches as an adjunct Communications Professor at Carson Newman University.  

Doug’s responsibilities currently include supporting all of the Media for First Baptist Church in Morristown. This includes audio/video support as well as external live television and broadcasts, Internet web presence (including social media), live content streams and archives, and managing a 24/7 television network called RETV which includes content production. He is also responsible for the information technology aspect of First Baptist.  

Doug spends time in recruitment and training of volunteers as well as training media staff of surrounding churches. This training includes audio production, video production, and usage of screens and IMAG.   

Doug currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Carson Newman, a Master’s degree in Christian studies from Luther Rice University, a M.Div degree in Apologetics from Luther Rice University, and is currently working on a Ph.D in Christian Communications from Regent University. 


John Kinchen

Breakout Track: Choir (Singers and Directors)

Conference Location: West

John Kinchen is chair of Union University’s Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities. Kinchen previously served at Liberty University, where he was associate dean of the Center for Music and Worship, professor of music and worship studies and artistic director and conductor of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra. Kinchen joined the Liberty faculty in 2006 and held a number of positions there during his tenure. He also served as pastor of worship at Lakewood Baptist Church in Evington, Virginia, from 2006-2014, and he previously held leadership roles in a number of other churches. 

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kinchen completed his Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; his Master of Music degree from Florida State University; and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. He is finishing his Doctor of Worship Studies degree from Liberty. 


Kirk Kirkland

Breakout Track: Worship Bands/Worship Teams

Conference Location: Upper East

Kirk Kirkland has led Evidence Ministries, a concert ministry that has brought him to stages nationally and around the world. Kirk also has a master’s degree in counseling and is utilizing this training as the Minister of Pastoral Counseling at Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, TN, where he is also the Minister of Music and Worship.


Jonathan and Emily Martin

Conference Worship Leaders

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music/Worship Teams

Conference Locations: Upper East, West, Middle

Jonathan & Emily are singer-songwriters and worship leaders that met and started their ministry “The Word in Worship” in Nashville, TN. They write songs and devotions for those who dare to believe that God’s Word is beautiful,powerful, life-giving, and helpful. They have a passion for creating music rooted in and filled with the Word as a powerful resource for personal and corporate worship, everyday discipleship, scripture memory, and encouragement for the body of Christ. Over the past 6 years, they’ve released 5 EPs and travel full-time (along with their son Judah and daughter June) sharing their songs and leading worship for churches and groups all over the country in hopes of encouraging the body of Christ and spreading the gospel through their craft.


Chris Meece

Breakout Track: Audio-Visual

Conference Location: Middle

Chris Meece is the Associate Media Director at Brentwood Baptist Church where he is responsible for production needs of Worship Services, special events, conferences, and classes.

He has been a drummer since the age of three, and played professionally doing various recording sessions and touring before coming on staff.

Chris is also an avid race fan and spends his time away from work with his family and working on cars.


Brad Moffett

Breakout Track: Choir (Singers and Directors)

Conference Location: Lower East

Moffett, professor of music, director of graduate studies in music, director of LeeU Worship, and conductor of the Lee University Singers, joined the Lee University School of Music in the fall of 2006. During the past 13 years at Lee, Moffett has conducted more than 500 concerts with the Lee Singers across the United States and in Russia, Germany, Indonesia, Singapore, Italy, Zambia, and South Africa. Keynote performances include appearances at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vatican City, Italy, In Touch Christmas Broadcast (Charles Stanley), Victory Day Celebration, Gusev, Russia, and multiple appearances with the Chattanooga Symphony.

Moffett has produced 15 music recordings with the Lee University Singers, Second Edition, LeeU Worship, and the Mount Paran North New Life Singers, and he has received two Dove Award nomination for the Spiritsound music recordings, He is Great featuring the Mount Paran North New Life Singers and One featuring the Lee University Singers. He is the author of “The Great Fifty Days: A Devotional from Easter to Pentecost” and was a contributor to the “Ultimate Idea Book for Music Ministry.” He earned his Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, his Master of Music in Sacred Music/Choral Conducting from Georgia State University, and his Bachelor of Music Education from Lee University.


Paul Randlett

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music 

Conference Location: West

Paul Randlett joined the Union University faculty in January, 2019 and serves as Director of the Center for Worship and Associate Professor of Music. He spent the previous eleven years teaching music and worship at Liberty University where he served as Chairman of the Department of Music and Worship beginning in 2013. He is recognized as a skilled worship leader and award-winning educator.

His education includes a B.S. in Sacred Music from Liberty University, an M.A. in Worship Studies from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and he is currently finishing his PhD in Christian Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.

Prior to moving into the world of academia, Randlett led worship programs in both small and large churches from Virginia to Florida. He has coordinated and led worship for the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia Annual Meeting on numerous occasions and has been a featured soloist with the Mass Choir at the Southern Baptist Convention.

He and his wife, Jenny, have been married for 21 years. They have two grown children - Justin who lives in Nashville, TN and Jessica who lives outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and four children.


Jonathan Rodgers

Breakout Track: Choirs (Directors and Singers)

Conference Location: Middle

Jonathan Rodgers has been directing choirs in the school and church for over fifteen years. His choirs have performed at state MEA conferences and collectively he has led over twenty-five extended choir tours across the U.S. and internationally. As a clinician and presenter, Rodgers has guest conducted honor choirs throughout the Southeast. He has also presented sessions at National ACDA Conventions, state MEA conventions in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Georgia, and other conferences including Baylor University’s Alleluia and YouthCUE Choirs, Inc. Currently, he is Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Hunter Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. He oversees a seven-member worship arts staff and a ministry that involves over 1,000 people in choirs and instrumental ensembles ranging from preschool to senior adult. Prior to this position, Rodgers was Assistant Professor of Choral Music at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. Rodgers earned the Bachelor of Music in Music Education and Master of Music in Church Music degrees from Samford University, studying conducting and church music with Milburn Price and Paul Richardson. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Southern Mississippi, studying conducting with Gregory Fuller and John Flanery. Jonathan is also an active composer and arranger. His works have been published with Walton Music, Pavane, and Colla Voce and performed by churches, high schools, and colleges at honor choir festivals and ACDA conventions across the nation—even Carnegie Hall. Jonathan has been married to his wife Alicia for sixteen years, and they have four children: Savannah, Leighton, Brooks, and Gabe.

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Josh Sutton

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music

Conference Location: Upper East

Josh Sutton served as a worship pastor and church planter for 14 years in Virginia, Colorado, Wisconsin and Georgia before serving as VP of Marketing & Development for Getty Music. Having taught workshops at the Georgia Baptist Convention and as an adjunct teacher at New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Josh’s mission in life is to help people treasure Christ through the particular means of truth-drenched hymns and worship music for God’s glory and their joy.


Matt Tullos

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music 

Conference Location: Lower East

From 1992-2008, Matt Tullos served at LifeWay Christian Resources as editor-in-chief of various magazines and resources including Deacon, VBS, True Love Waits, and Minister’s Family Magazine. He was the vanguard editor of Let’s Worship and The National Drama Service.

In 2008, Matt left LifeWay to serve as Senior Pastor of Bluegrass Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. In 2013, he moved back to Louisiana to serve Louisiana Baptists in the area of communications and stewardship. 

Matt is now the Stewardship and Cooperative Program Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

He has authored 15 books on worship and ministry including Aha Moments for Worship, Let the Day Begin, Actors Not Included, A Scattered Feast, Fireproof: Small Group Marriage Study, The Summit High Series and 39 Words, A Contemplative Journey to the Cross of Christ. Matt has been a columnist for HomeLife Magazine for 4 years. 

Matt and Darlene Tullos have been married since 1986. 


Justin Wainscott

Conference Pastor

Conference Location: Middle 

Justin Wainscott is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee. He holds degrees from Union University, Beeson Divinity School, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of a collection of hymns and poems titled 'Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise.' He and his wife, Anna, have three children.


Dennis Worley

Breakout Track: Worship Leaders/Ministers of Music

Conference Location: Middle 

Dennis has lived and worked in the Nashville area since 1980. For 24 years, he served as Music & Worship Minister at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN and in 2017 moved into an elevated role of Lead Worship Minister – overseeing the worship of the eight regional campuses of Brentwood Baptist. Prior to that, he worked as a music publisher for WORD Music, CBS, and Star Song, working with songwriters while creating products for church choirs. He and his wife, Karla have been married for 40 years and they have three grown sons and 4 grandkids. Dennis is a graduate of Baylor University.


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