Speaker & Teacher Bios
(all speakers will be live in person at the event)
Benji and Jenna Cowart have been leading worship for almost 15 years and are both originally from the Nashville, TN area. After graduating from Belmont University, they were married in 1997, and their journey in ministry began. In the beginning, they led for various camps and youth groups, and also had the opportunity to serve under Travis Cottrell leading for Beth Moore Living Proof conferences. Over the past 15 years, they have added three incredible children, a minivan, and a dog to their lives. Through this time they have served in churches in Florida, Las Vegas, Georgia and currently Buffalo, NY at The Chapel at Crosspoint.
The Chapel has been focused on drawing the community of churches together to reach the city of Buffalo with the gospel. Word Worship will be re-releasing this project digitally on August 14, 2012. Look for it on Itunes! In that spirit, their second EP is titled Letters To The Church at Buffalo and was written to the Christian community of Buffalo and beyond.
Benji and Jenna are both songwriter for Word Music Publishing and have had several songs cut including “Redeemed” and “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” both by Big Daddy Weave, “Worth It All” by Ben Cantelon.
Industry Music Publishing Veteran, Stacey Willbur has worked for some of the top Music Publishing houses in Nashville. She started her career with EMI Christian Music Publishing where she was a part of growing the publishing team & the beginning of the WorshipTogether brand. The EMI family led her to the Country division in 2002 where she worked with songwriters Tim Mensy, Brad Crisler, John Paul White, Kelly Lovelace & Jamie O’Neal. The last 7 years she served at Senior Creative Director at BrentwoodBenson/Capitol CMG working with some of the top Christians writers & artist - Ben Glover, David Garcia, Chris Stevens, Kari Jobe, Mandisa, Chris Tomlin and Jamie Grace. At Present Stacey as taken her knowledge to create services for other companies. She is currently consulting for Full Circle Music, Gotee Records and managing a country artist from Australia.
Greg Sykes is an award winning, Billboard charting songwriter & Canadian recording artist but he is firstly a worship leader. He has recently signed his first major record deal with Integrity Music, home of such artists as Grammy Award winning Israel Houghton, All Sons & Daughters, Paul Baloche, Lincoln Brewster & many others. Originally from Windsor, ON (border city to Detroit, MI) Greg now lives in St. Catharines, ON, Canada & Franklin, Tennessee part time with his wife Pam and their two toddlers. Greg has been (and still is) leading worship at his home church for over 14 years.
Greg has recently toured as the opening act for such artists such as MercyMe, Michael W Smith, High Valley, Paul Baloche, The Billy Graham Association & more. Greg has had the privilege of collaborating with some of the best, including: Johnny Reid, Jaci Velasquez, Paul Baloche, All Sons & Daughters, Ed Cash, Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Meredith Andrews, Stu G (Delirious) and many others! He has written hundreds of songs and several have been recorded by other artists. Greg's voice, songs, sense of humour and personality have a way of bringing people of all ages together through song and story. Vulnerable, worshipful and fun-loving, Greg is passionate about sharing the hope and life changing power of God through music!
Sitting down to talk with worship artist Jaime Jamgochian you quickly realize she is a woman of faith who God is using in many different ways through her music and message. It’s immediately evident she has a passion to see people know how much God loves them and a desire to see that reality change their lives—because it has changed hers.
This Boston-native is still a worship leader at heart. Her latest single, “Everything You Are” is a worship song she wrote w/ a friend that Christian radio sations are playing & churches incorporating in their Sunday morning worship song lists. “The Stand”—one of Jamgochian’s favorites to lead at church, concerts and events—is one of her highest radio charting songs to date, falling in line with a discography that includes two full-length albums on Centricity Records filled with sincere, high-energy praise & worship. One of her most well known original song “Hear My Worship” spent 12 weeks at#1 on national Christian radio. The song accurately reflects the brand of artist Jamgochian aims to be. “Worship has always been a huge part of my heart & what God has called me to. I think my favorite part is seeing people, eyes closed, hands raised, just getting lost in God’s presence,” she says.
Jaime is also on staff at The Belonging Co Church in Nashville, Tenessee.
Brad Guldemond is a Canadian Christian artist, songwriter, and worship leader. He is a 2-time Covenant Award winner (Inspirational Album of the Year & Children’s Album of the Year) and the recipient of multiple songwriting awards. Brad is also the Operations Manager for AnalyzeMySong.com, the head of the Canadian Christian Songwriters Association, and a Compassion Artist. Brad is passionate about leading people of all ages into a deepening relationship with Christ and using his gift set to equip artists and songwriters to create in a way that expresses the heart of God and leads people closer to Jesus.
Chris Vacher is a pastor and worship leader at C4 Church. Chris has been in full-time ministry since 2003, leading worship and building worship ministry teams for three different churches. Chris also has an award winning blog www.chrisvacher.com full of resources and tools for worship leaders. He is passionate about raising up worship leaders and songwriters in the local church community.
TYSON & MEESAH
Tyson & Meesah are a dynamic songwriting and production team based out of Toronto and Nashville. Tyson Kuteyi is a multiple award-winning Producer, Composer, Recording and Mixing Engineer who has worked with the who's who of the Urban & Pop Music Scenes (Darkchild, Kardinal Offishal, K'naan, Shawn Desmond, K-OS). Meesah is a Juno award-winning songwriter and highly sought after voice over actor.
Tyson & Meesah also serve as key members of the Worship & Tech Ministry at the Bridge Church in Markham, Ontario.
Mat & NICOLE CRISP
Mat & Nicole Crisp are a part of C4 Church and C4 Worship. C4 Church is a multi-site church located in Durham Region, east of Toronto. C4 is known for a mix of cut-through-the-noise expository Bible teaching and creative worship experiences where God's presence is felt powerfully and people sing their hearts out.The songs they sing, write and record in this season are an outpouring of praise to God for what He is doing amongst us in a season of revival.