The Nashville Gathering 2021 Online seeks to envision, encourage, and equip creatives for arts-ministry around the world. Learn from other creatives with a passion for using their gifts for ministry and missions.
Markus Lloyd: Executive Director, Threaded
Rev. Dr. Byron Spradlin
In Troubling Times Press into YOUR Assignment From God—A word especially for Creatives!
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.
Dr. Spradlin is a graduate of Western Seminary, Portland, OR; with a Master of Divinity degree (heavy in Missions, and biblical languages); and there he was the co-founder of the Master of Church Music degree—which he also received there, and for which he served on adjunct faculty for two years in the late 1970’s. He also has done ThM studies (abd) at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA; and in 2012, was awarded the Doctor of Ministry degree (in Worship Studies) from Liberty University’s Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA – where he has also teaches courses from time to time in the Worship Studies department. Over the years Dr. Spradlin has become an international specialist on the theology of worship, imagination and arts leadership. He regularly disciples artists; and encourages pastors and missionaries concerning arts and music in ministry and missions.
Larry Moshell has coached organizations and individuals for more than 30 years, helping them accomplish their ministry goals. As the International Director of Staff Development for A.C.T. Intl, he regularly helps the innovative ministries of A.C.T. Intl develop ministry plans and fund-raising strategies. He has a passion to help others discover and pursue their calling.
Guy Whitlock has been helping artists help others since 1996. He has a background in event scheduling, artist management, and tour promotion. Guy is part of A.C.T. Intl’s Staff Development Team, assisting with ministry coaching and ministry activation and mobilization. As the Coordinator of Pastoral Care and Community for A.C.T. Intl, Rev. Whitlock provides pastoral care and facilitates community for our creatives and innovators and their families.
Rob enjoyed a 25 year career in Christian music as an artist, songwriter and producer before becoming a pastor and college professor, but still counts making music as one of his greatest joys. Initially coming to Nashville to join the band Petra, he recorded and toured with them briefly, then produced 7 solo albums subsequently, while also writing songs and producing projects for other artists in the CCM and mainstream fields. He has over 200 recorded songs in his catalogue, including songs recorded by the bands Kansas and Petra, artists Margaret Becker, Steve Camp, Rick Cua, Kenny Marks, Geoff Moore & the Distance, Gordon Mote, Ricky Scaggs, The Tunneys and others; several gold, platinum and multi-platinum song placements, one Grammy and three Dove Award nominations. He has had songs placed in feature films, network TV and in cable shows on Netflix and Starz.
Rob has also worked in music advertising, writing and producing jingles for clients such as Ace Hardware, Glade Air Fresheners, Circle K Markets, Chrysler-Plymouth, Tex Mart, Texas Chevy Dealers, Tony Roma Ribs & many more.
Rob has travelled worldwide in music ministry representing both Compassion International and World Vision (child sponsorship organizations). Toward the end of his artist career he felt the call toward church work and began seminary training in 1997 at Regent University School of Divinity while still traveling, earning an MA in Practical Theology (later finishing his M.Div.), which led to his first pastorate in the year 2000 at Belmont Church in Nashville TN, where he served until 2012. Following that, he was a Chaplain and Life Coach at Nashville Rescue Mission until Feb. 2017. Besides his role at A.C.T. Intl, he currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Bible and Theology at Williamson College in Franklin, TN and as Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church, Pleasant View, TN. Despite a busy life, he still makes time for songwriting, leading worship and performing on both guitar and keyboards.
He has been married for 39 years to his wife Carol, with whom he has three grown children, all of whom are professionally involved in the arts.