The Nashville Gathering 2021 Online seeks to envision, encourage, and equip creatives and innovators for arts-ministry around the world. Learn from other creatives with a passion for using their gifts for ministry and missions.
Executive Director, Threaded
Title: Getting Creative about Race
Race is a subject we are all talking about, but how do those blessed with creative gifts play a part? In this presentation, Markus reminds us of God’s vision of diversity and challenges creative artists to think inside their creative boxes for a solution.
Music Artist, Filmmaker, On-Air Personality
Title: Effective Community Outreach Using Arts and Media
Do you know who your audience is? Do you know how to reach them? Come explore creative ways to work with churches, schools, non-profits and companies to expand outreach. During this session, Larissa Lam will discuss how she has partnered with over 100 community organizations to engage audiences who are unchurched using film and music. She will also share how to identify the needs of a community and create artistic content to address these needs.
Over the past two decades, Larissa Lam has established herself as not only a creative force in music, film and TV but a voice that inspires and empowers others. A dynamic performer, Larissa has captivated audiences across the U.S. at Staples Center, Lincoln Center, The Grammy Museum and more. She has won numerous awards for her music and films and she has been featured on NBC News, NPR, LA Times among other media outlets. A popular keynote speaker, she presented at TEDx, RootsTech and numerous Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Google and Bank of America. She has been a long time staff member of A.C.T. She is a native of Diamond Bar, California, and a proud UCLA Bruin.
Most recently, Larissa directed the award-winning documentary, Far East Deep South, about Chinese families in Mississippi during segregation. The film made its broadcast debut on PBS World Channel’s “America ReFramed” series. An award-winning solo music artist and former singer with the EDM worship group, Nitro Praise, Lam has toured the U.S. and Asia ministering through music. As a composer, she has written music for film and TV projects such as The Oprah Winfrey Show. For nine years, Lam co-hosted the weekly talk show, “Top 3,” with Rich Wilkerson, Jr. on TBN’s youth network and currently, she hosts the Love, Discovery and Dim Sum podcast with her husband, Only Won aka Baldwin Chiu.
Director / Co-Founder, Visual Story Network
Title: Are You Supercharging Your Ministry With the Four Elements of Story?
Description: Learn why story should be a key tool in your ministry toolbox. Learn the four elements of story and begin the storyteller journey.
Clyde leads the Visual Story Network (VSN), a community of 500 organizations and 4000 leaders in 95 nations. VSN accelerates the mission of the Church by equipping the generation that will use media, story and innovation to make disciples of all nations. 350 projects, products and partnerships have reached an estimated five million people. VSN initiatives include the Mobile Ministry Forum, the Middle East Women’s Leadership Network, Mission Media U, the Augmented & Virtual Reality Network and Empower Women Media. Before this, he oversaw new media development for Jesus Film Project and coordinated the campus work of Cru throughout North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Clyde holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland/College Park and a Master of Divinity / Missiology degree with honors from Denver Seminary. He speaks English, French and is working on Turkish. To learn more about Clyde, go to www.visualstory.org/tabers.
Rev. Dr. Byron Spradlin
President: Artists In Christian Testimony
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.
Rob is delighted to be part of the A.C.T. Intl Staff Development Team helping onboard new ministry departments and tending to our 600+ staff members. He also oversees A.C.T. Music Group and is involved with uSeminary, A.C.T.’s online learning platform in development. Rob enjoyed a 25 year career in Christian music as an artist, songwriter and producer before becoming a pastor, worship leader and college professor, and now a member of the A.C.T. Intl executive team. 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 music fields. He has over 200 recorded songs in his catalogue, 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 is honored to pass on his experience to the next generations of artistic and innovative ministry specialists with A.C.T. Intl.
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.