Worship in the Redwoods

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Apr 22-25, 2013Santa Cruz Mountains | Conference Center

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Worship in the Redwoods

Step into a living room at Mount Hermon where beauty surrounds creativity and collaboration. In times of uncertainty, the world looks to its storytellers for hope and redemption. Now more than ever we need to tell our stories through song. This conference is designed to give you the space to write, to worship, and be refreshed in your own lives so that you can more effectively tell the story of Christ’s redemption in this world.

This event has become a favorite for artists and conferees alike due to the many opportunities to connect informally over meals and jamming under the redwoods. The living room atmosphere allows artists to share songs and their stories, works in progress and the intimate journeys they’ve followed.

Bring your team from your worship pastor to your sound technicians to take your worship ministry to the next level.  Inspiration is easily found being surrounded by the coastal redwoods in the breathtaking Santa Cruz Mountains.

 

Already registered? Download the Worship in the Redwoods Registrant Letter.

Special Day Rate $99!

Includes two meals and all the fun.
Call for details: 1.888.642.2677.

Faculty

  • Keynote Speaker
    Rene Schlaepfer

    Pastor of Twin Lakes Church in Aptos, and author of The Jesus Journey, René’s superbly clear and humorous teaching always results in Jesus transforming many lives through His Word.
  • Featured Faculty
    • Brian and Jenn Johnson

      Brian and Jenn Johnson are the Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church, where they also oversee Bethel School of Worship and represent Bethel Music. Their mission is to empower people to experience God’s kingdom and His manifest presence through worship and to equip worship leaders to do the same. Brian and Jenn live in Redding, CA with their three wonderful children and spend their free time doing life with friends and family.

    • Jason Ingram

      Jason Ingram is one of the Christian music community’s most in-demand producers and songwriters who has co-written and produced hits for Tenth Avenue North, Meredith Andrews, Sanctus Real, Brandon Heath, and Chris Tomlin among others.

    • Brenton Brown

      Brenton Brown, born in South Africa, is a Christian songwriter and worship leader. He now lives in Malibu, California with his wife, Jude Brenton, is an artist on the worship label Survivor and in 2006 released his first solo album, Everlasting God with Survivor in the UK and rest of the world, and with Sparrow in the United States and Canada

    • Jennie Lee Riddle

      Jennie Lee Riddle is a passionate worship leader, team trainer, songwriter, and conference speaker. She is honored as a five-time Dove award nominee and three-time Dove award winner, top five CCLI songwriter, and BMI award winner for top 25 radio. Jennie is best known for authoring "Revelation Song" which had a 17 week run at #1 and current radio hit, "When The Stars Burn Down." The newest endeavor of Jennie's is the forming of People & Songs and the release of Opus 1 Collective, the first in a series.

    • Ed Kerr

      Ed Kerr has a Master's Degree in piano performance coupled with many years of experience as a studio musician, songwriter, arranger and worship leader. Ed teaches in worship seminars internationally and leads worship in his home church. As a songwriter with Integrity Music, Ed has penned several songs including many written with Paul Baloche, including "I Love To Be In Your Presence", "Sing Out", and "With One Voice".

    • Michael Farren

      Texas native Michael Farren is a staff writer with Word Records and has spent 16 years as the lead vocalist of the worship band Pocket Full Rocks, leading worship at venues nation wide. Hit's like "Let The Worshippers Arise," Song To the King," and  "Let It Rain" has garnered him three Dove award nominations including Worship Album of the year, and New Artist of The Year. Michael's work has been recorded by artist such as Michael W Smith, Jackie Velazquez, Big Daddy Weave, and Phillips Craig and Dean, and Veggie Tales. Michael and his wife of 19 years reside in Nashville, TN with their two daughters. Michael works as a producer and pastors at Gateway Church in Franklin, TN.

    • Jeremy Riddle

      Jeremy Riddle is a songwriter, worship leader, and pastor at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Jeremy has a huge passion to see the church become the radiant, spotless bride Jesus is returning for and to see her become the salt and light of the earth as she follows in His footsteps. Jeremy recently released a new album, "Furious" as well as "Full Attention" (2007), "The Now and Not Yet" (2009), and "Prepare The Way: Live" (2010). www.jeremyriddle.net

    • Phil Sillas

      Phil Sillas' diverse experience as a songwriter (Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Natalie Grant, David Foster, Aaron Neville, among others), music producer (GB5, The Peculiar People Band and Plus One) and composer, (Black Hawk Down, Enemy of the State, “Touched By an Angel,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “America’s Next Top Model,” and others), has been put to good use as the Song DISCovery editor.Phil has also been a staff songwriter for Black Oak Publishing, Warner Chapel, Word Publishing, Brentwood-Benson Publishing and Justice Music, to name a few. Phil, his wife, Karen, and son, Andre, live in San Clemente, CA.

    • Elizabeth Hunnicutt

      Elizabeth Hunnicutt is a singer-songwriter and worship leader based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. Her music has been engaging audiences of all ages for years with her captivating live performances and recording projects. She can regularly be found performing or leading worship at churches, colleges, retreats, events, and house concerts. Elizabeth also leads worship on staff at Open Door Church in Walnut Creek, CA. She has a passion for writing music for the church and her heart is to see people awakened to God’s love and inspired to run after Him with their lives.

    • Trent Smith

      Trent Smith grew up in the coastal town of Homer, Alaska. Trent is known for his intense passion and deep poetic lyrics, matched by musical “chops” on guitar, piano, and violin. Trent won Integrity Music’s “Best New Worship Song” award at their 2008 Christian Songwriting Conference and has garnered praise from various industry professionals and music publications. He also serves as a full time worship pastor and volunteers playing music in local schools and events.

    • Josh Fox

      Josh leads worship at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, serving alongside pastor and author Dan Kimball. He also leads at regional and national events and churches throughout the year. In 2010, Josh released ‘Radiant,’ which sailed to #5 on iTunes. His new project ‘Rescue’ again features producers Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram and is being released on iTunes May 7th. Josh is married to Danielle and they have two sons, London and Rylan.

    • Mike Dow

      As President and founder of Zamar Media Solutions, Michael Dow has been an active proponent of improving technology in the church community. He has accomplished this by forming a Christ-based installation and consulting firm that is committed to serving the Christian community. The current outgrowth of this ongoing effort is the Bay Area Tech Ministry Coalition, A “support group for abused church techs” and a forum for education and the promotion of new technologies.

    • Sheri Gould

      Sheri Gould is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Currently Sheri writes for Worship Musician! Magazine and Front Yard Worship Magazine and tours the country with her husband teaching and equipping the Body of Christ for music ministry at such conferences as Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, International Worship Institute, East Coast Worship Summit, Worship Institute Northeast and many more.

    • Doug Gould

      Doug Gould has been a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for almost 30 years, serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and has been a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches for almost as long. He is CEO and Founder of Worship MD (Market Development) a consulting firm that helps professional audio and music technology manufacturers build relationships with the church through education.

    • Mike Overlin

      Mike Overlin is the Manager of Worship Resources for Yamaha Corporation of America, and a worship leader and consultant with the Free Methodist Church in Southern California. A professional musician all his life, he served two tours of duty with the United States Air Force Band, earned two gold records for audio engineering and lead a band at Disneyland for many years. His heart is for resourcing the church and her musicians and technicians.

    • W. Zachary Taylor

      W. Zachary Taylor is founder/lead curator of WorshipCurrent, worship leader, composer, and music producer. In his nearly 25 years of worship ministry, he has worked to heal divisions in multi-style churches and establish collaborations that include music, art and technology. Zachary currently serves as Director of Music at Atonement Church and Worship & Music Education Specialist at Augsburg Fortress Publishers in Minneapolis, MN.

  • House Band

    Listed in alphabetical order

    Blake Aaron

     

    Guitarist: Blake Aaron

    Named "a genius on the guitar" by the Los Angeles Times, Blake Aaron has recorded and/ or performed with such artists as Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire), Sheila E., Frank Stallone, Bobby Womack and Carlos Santana and many other artists. Blake hosts a radio show in the L.A area.

    BlakeAaron.com

    Dave Burns

     

    Dave Burns

    Host of Worship In The Redwoods, is a worship pastor, composer, keyboard recording artist, and Director of Adult Ministries at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center.

    daveburnsmusic.com

     

    Drums: Tom Dante

     

    Bass: Vernon Porter

    Vernon Porter is the bass player for our Worship in the Redwoods event. He has spent the last 15 years in music ministry, and decided ten years ago to start teaching to help others realize their musical potential. Many of his students have gone on to successful careers. Vernon has recorded sessions all over the world. Vernon’s curriculum includes fundamentals, harmony, reading, and all styles.

    John Wineglass

     

    Musical Director: John Wineglass

    EMMY Award-Winning Composer John Wineglass has performed on five continents, before every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan and with several Oscar and Grammy-Award Winning artists, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Jamie Foxx to name a few along with many Christian recording artists including Israel Houghton. His passion for music has also led him to develop exceptional proficiency as a gospel and contemporary jazz pianist.

    johnwineglass.com

Workshops

Choose from these amazing workshops

  • Worship leading in a cross generational congregation
  • Crafting a service: It’s not just song selection!
  • Co-writing songs
  • Writing for Reinforcement (crafting a song for the message)
  • Relationships- the working relationship between the teaching pastor and worship leader
  • Songwriting: the craft of using volume, pitch and tempo, hooks etc..
  • Songwriting: crafting the lyrics
  • Technologies for the church – iPad, presentation software, on stage song display, sound mixing,
    recording
  • The making of a great demo
  • The instrumentalist- the freedom that comes with practice
  • And more to come!
  • SOUNDCHECK! The uncomfortable and funny seminar you don't want any of your team to miss! (Watch a live soundcheck interaction)

Also enjoy two nights of open mic to share your songs and submit them to a song adjudication panel

Here is a Tentative Schedule and a Schedule of Breakout Sessions available to assist you plan your time at the event. 

Schedule

Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Wednesday, April 24
Thursday, April 25
  • When

    What

    Where

    4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Registration Open

    Front Desk

    6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Buffet Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    9:30 PM

    Evening Concert with Josh Fox and band

    Auditorium

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    10:45 AM

    Coffee Break & Conference Store Open

    Commons

    11:15 AM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    12:30 PM

    Buffet Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:15 PM

    Giveaways

    Various Locations

    1:30 PM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    3:00 PM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    4:30 PM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    6:00 PM

    Buffet Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    9:30 PM

    Open Mic Concerts

    Youth Memorial

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    10:45 AM

    Coffee Break & Conference Store Open

    Commons

    11:15 AM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    12:30 PM

    Buffet Lunch

    Dining Room

    1:15 PM

    Give-Aways in Exhibit Hall; Conference Store Open; Snack Shop Open

    Various Locations

    1:30 PM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    3:00 PM

    Breakouts

    Various Locations

    4:30 PM

    Breakouts

    NA

    6:00 PM

    Buffet Dinner

    Dining Room

    7:30 PM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    9:00 PM

    Concert: Trent Smith & Elizabeth Hunnicutt & Band

    Youth Memorial

    9:45 PM

    Open Mic

    Central Lounge

  • When

    What

    Where

    8:00 AM

    Buffet Breakfast

    Dining Room

    9:00 AM

    General Session

    Auditorium

    11:00 AM

    Brunch

    Dining Room

    1:00 PM

    Check Out & Head Home

    Various Locations

Pricing

2013 Christian Songwriters Conference Pricing
 DeluxeStandardEconomyNo Housing
Adult
Double Occupancy
$499 $429 $364 $300
Adult
Single Occupancy
$699 $629 $564

Housing Descriptions
  • Deluxe Larger rooms with private bathroom and pillow top queen mattresses.
  • Standard Moderate rooms with private bathroom
  • Economy Smaller rooms located a little farther from the main conference center area; some have private bathrooms and some are dorm style with community bathrooms in the hall

** Special Group Rates Available! Bring 4 at the regular Price and the 5th is free! (Call for more details)

Special Day Rate $99! - Includes two meals and all the fun.

Sponsors

Worship in the Redwoods Sponsors

Song Discovery

Fender

Guild

Yamaha

Zamar Media

Casio

WorshipCurrent

Want to Sponsor this event? Check out the packet and contact Dave Burns to find out more!

Maps & directions

Conference Center
37 Conference Dr. Felton CA 95018

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