The Gathering 2019 Lineup
Special Keynote Speaker: Prof. Frank Mihelich, MFA
Assoc. Professor of Theatre, California Baptist University
“How Theater Can Save America”: Keynote
A producer, actor, playwright and director. Professionally, has worked and performed for a number of theatre companies and Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. The founding artistic director of New Threads Theatre Company, a Southern California based ensemble dedicated to telling stories that start inclusive conversations. He’s dedicated to exploring the intersection of the Christian faith and theatre.
“Physical Theater Workshop – Fundamentals Regimen”: Workshop
“My Life as a Working Actress and a Christian”
Nan Gurley has spent decades as a professional actress and singer. Her credits include radio and TV commercials, audio books, play writing, as well as years of experience on stage in musicals and dramas. Some of her credits include Blanche Dubois in STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Mama Rose in GYPSY, Amanda Wingfield in THE GLASS MANAGERIE, the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, Mother Abbess in SOUND OF MUSIC, Birdie in THE LITTLE FOXES, and Olivia in TWELFTH NIGHT. She recently played Corrie ten Boom in the world premiere stage adaptation of THE HIDING PLACE with AD Players in Houston, TX. She and her husband Wayne are currently producing a new musical entitled THE LAST DAYS OF BUSTER DRUMWRIGHT.
“So You Wanna Start a Theater, Huh?”
TED Talk – “The Separation of Church and Stage”
Michael Myers – A Chicago-based actor, theater director, playwright and pastor. Also an audiobook narrator and educator. Michael tours nationwide with the educational comedy troupe Wavelength, is an ensemble member of the radio program “Unshackled”, served as associate pastor at Elk Grove Baptist Church. He writes blogs about church communication and reflections on worship.
Vikki Myers – A Chicago-based actress and vocalist, is co-founder of KIT Ministries. She has appeared in numerous plays and musicals in regional theatres across the US. A songwriter and recording artist, Vikki has recorded CDs and has sung for organizations such as Converge, Moms in Touch International, and the SPC Orchestra of Southwest Asia. Vikki also narrates education videos and coordinates video production.
The Trial of Joan of Arc: A Theatrical Presentation
Miriam Canfield – Artistic Director of Vision Productions, in partnership with A.C.T. Intl, with the mission to produce content that is faith centered and life affirming. Miriam recently premiered several of her own works in New York City, “The Trial of Faith” a play about Joan of Arc, and, “The Art of Sisters: Tales of Letters by the Brontë’s” which she also directed. Miriam began her performing career with the Chicago Festival Ballet and the Chautauga Festival Ballet in New York, where she also directed several short plays through the Dramatic Writing and Classical Studio collaboration. She has performed in theatre productions in New York City’s Off-Broadway, in Chicago and in Los Angeles.
“Tip’s Ten Tips for Partnership Development”
Gregg Tipton: As the starting Quarterback for the University of Hawaii, Gregg Tipton “played church” and even wore towels with scriptures on them. As it states in Romans chapter 1 “he knew a lot about God but never honored Him as God, and was nothing more than a fool.” In February of 1987 all that changed when he was confronted by the Lordship message of Jesus Christ. He was then truly born again and stopped “playing church” and got into the game of life. Determined to take this life-changing message to his peers, after graduation he “threw” himself into full-time campus ministry. Gregg started out as a campus evangelist at his own U of Hawaii, and has since started new Campus Ministries chapters at Long Beach State University and UCLA. He’s led 60 short-term mission trips taking college students to 20 different nations. Now over 3 decades later, he now serves as the Founder and Executive Director for ONE WEEK Mission Experiences helping to Inspire, Activate and Empower men and women into a missional lifestyle that fulfills the Great Commission. Gregg lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Suzanne with 2 daughters, 2 son-in-laws and 1 beautiful granddaughter.
Worship Leaders & Special Musical Guests
Drakeford are a husband and wife singer-songwriter duo based in Chattanooga, TN. Made up of a Brit and an American, the world-traveling duo’s music is folksy at heart with hints of pop throughout, with the finger-picking style being as clear and crisp as the vocal articulation.
Music flows through Drakeford’s veins…passion and zeal are etched into the music they create. They manage to repeatedly deliver quality both in musical ingenuity and lyrical depth.
“How in The World Does Theatre Fit In?”
Julisa Rowe – Has been acting and directing for over 30 years, throughout the United States, Kenya and worldwide. She has a BA in Drama, an MA in Intercultural Ministries and a Doctorate in Ethnodramatology (the study of different cultural drama forms) and taught theatre at Daystar University for 11 years. She is an international consultant, trainer, performer and director, serving as the country director for ACT Kenya, and has performed in, and directed, dozens of plays for community, school and church groups. She is an academic as well, having several peer-reviewed articles on ethnodramatology and a book on dramatic reading to her name. She toured the United States professionally for 14 years with several original one-woman shows, both musical and dramatic. In Kenya, she has been seen on several local TV series and heads the drama ministries at Mamlaka Hill Chapel. Her latest drama efforts have focused on playback theatre for discipleship, and plays that further the discussion on mental health.
“Finding Your Voice” – Tips and Practices for the Songwriter
John Chisum – Managing Partner for Nashville Christian Songwriters, a long-time Christian music industry professional, prolific songwriter, publisher and song coach. He is the former Director of Song Development and Copyright for Integrity Music and the former Vice-president of Publishing for Star Song Media. He has written dozens of well-known worship songs including “I See the Lord” and “Come Expecting Jesus.”
Husband & Wife: A Theatrical Presentation
Denny & Sandy Brownlee – Have been creating stories, comedy, drama, and music for most of their lives together. Their mission is to “creatively express God’s truth through playful story experiences that can bring laughter, healing and transformation.”
“Going Deeper with HIM: The Key to Innovation & Perseverance”
Dr. Byron Spradlin – President, A.C.T. Intl
GOD has used Byron, since he surrendered his life to Christ’s service at age 19, as a musician, recording artist, published songwriter (ASCAP & NARAS), youth pastor, worship pastor, evangelist, church planter, senior pastor, Bible teacher, professor, and artists-in-missions strategist.
“Making Ideas Happen” – Strategies for Achieving Your Ministry Goals
Larry “Coach Mo” Moshell – Has been helping individuals and organizations discover and pursue their callings for more than 25 years. His Master of Divinity degree with a certificate in Biblical Counseling, gifts and expertise in administration and organization and experience helping to launch and direct several organizations and ministries have equipped him to guide others toward a greater understanding of their unique race and to develop a plan to run that race in order to win the prize (I Cor 9:24). Larry has been coaching and caring for the ministry staff of A.C.T. Intl since December of 2003 as Director of Staff Development.
“Worldview: How You See the World Affects the Art You Make”
Rob Frazier – Pastor/Teacher/Mentor/Creative Coach
“I am delighted to serve at Artists in Christian Testimony (A.C.T.) Intl. as Associate Director of Staff Development. God has planted and replanted me several times over the years; from Christian music artist to pastor to worship leader to chaplain and life coach. Now is a time of convergence – a new season for me to pour into the lives of others the wisdom I have gained from over 40 years of ministry.”
“Standing Your Post” (Through the Good & Bad Times of Ministry)
ML Morlock – Is a passionate Kingdom leader. She’s an itinerant speaker, worship leader and recording artist. Through her inspired teachings, ML displays a direct, spunky, playful side. Her sense of humor keeps audiences laughing and engaged. ML holds an MA in Education from Auburn University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Theology. She is an ordained minister and founder of Behind Me Now, a dedicated female prison ministry focusing on inmate mentorship for those transitioning back into society. She is on staff with A.C.T. Intl as, Candidate Coach.
‘Gathering’ Host & Presenter
PAUL ALDRICH – A comedian, songwriter, and inspirational speaker. Paul’s “funny music” and hilarious stand-up comedy have been featured at thousands of faith-based and corporate events around the world and can be heard daily on Laugh USA Radio.
“Five Keys to Successful Financial Partnership Development”
Bob Perry – Has lived as a missionary for over 35 years. He’s had many high’s and low’s in the partnership development journey. He recently received his Masters degree from Oxford Graduate School in Organizational Leadership. He focused his two years of classwork on fundraising. His capstone project was on financial partnership for missionaries: why some succeed and others don’t. He will be sharing his research with us and the five keys he discovered to be successful in raising finances. Bob leads a new department under A.C.T. Intl which is on a mission to see how prayer can bring measurable results in the marketplace.
“Don’t Take Water To The Ocean: Finding the ‘Felt Need’ and Meeting It”
Jerry Bryant – Jerry was part of the early Jesus Movement of the 70s. His JESUS SOLID ROCK concerts in Carbondale, IL helped usher in early CCM to the Mid-west. In1978, Jerry became pastor of the Last Days Community in Woodland Hills, CA with Keith and Melody Green, then moved to Lindale, TX and worked with the AGAPE FORCE. In 1992 Jerry moved to Nashville where he pastored a Vineyard church until 2009. He now hosts FULL CIRCLE, a one-hour weekly Jesus Music show featuring classic music, artist interviews, ministry and lots of memories on iHeart radio, Google Play, iTunes and many radio and podcast outlets. Jerry is an A.C.T. Staff Chaplain and leads Worship City Alliance, a monthly gathering of Nashville area leaders.