The Nashville Gathering 2022 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.
Friday November 4th Banquet Speaker
Stan Moser has been a top executive in the Christian communications industry for more than fifty years. He has held key executive positions with Word Records, Star Song Communications, Maranatha! Music, and is the Founder and CEO of Christian Music United. During his career Stan has overseen the development and sale of more than $1,000,000,000 in music sales.
Stan has played a vital role in the development of Contemporary Christian Music and the Contemporary Worship Movement since their beginnings, helping create platforms for hundreds of recording artists and songwriters including Andrae Crouch, Evie, the Imperials, Amy Grant, Bill Gaither, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, Petra, Phillips Craig & Dean, the Marantha! Praise Series, and Newsboys. He has also served as leading consultant in the areas of men’s ministry, worship ministry, as well as the Christian music and publishing industry.
Recently, Stan served as Executive Producer of a concert event many have called “The Greatest Night in The History of Contemporary Christian Music” featuring 33 of the top CCM recording artists of all time performing 50 of the best-known songs from 40 years of CCM history. This event was streamed live to 183 countries and served as the foundational content for the “We Will Stand” CD, DVD, television broadcast and documentary series (“Remember the Music”), as well as a hardcover book documenting the history of Contemporary Christian Music.
Stan is the author of six books including:
Seven Words of Worship—The Key to A Lifetime of Experiencing God (B&H Publishing / Lifeway Christian Resources) with Mike Harland
We Will Stand—The Real Story Behind the Songs, Artists, and Executives Who Built the Contemporary Christian Music Industry,
Sow Generous—Every Gift Matters, and most recently
The Race of a Lifetime—You’re In It So You Might As Well Win It.
Saturday November 5th Speakers
Steve & Miki Thrall - La Pommera
Our ministry for 30 years in Paris included church planting, teaching urban ministry courses and consultations, pastoral work in three different Parisian churches, launching a Christian theater company, Christian musicals (Semailles et Création), working with a Christian artist association (La Fonderie), running a multi-purpose arts space in the heart of Paris (Le Pavé d’Orsay). We were also involved in a mission effort helping in the development of a music ministry project called Music for Madagascar. Many of these ministries in Paris and beyond continue, but in September 2018 we moved to Normandy to create an artists residence at La Pommeraie. Steve serves as an adjunct professor for Asbury University for their Paris Semester, the Institut de Théologie pour la Francophonie (Montreal), and Bakke Graduate University.
In discipling Christian artists we collaborate with churches in France to help them open up to the arts, and to care for the artists in their midst. In our work with artists we have found that many have discovered a spiritual facet of life and that they desire to know more. We also recognize the need that all artists have to find a quiet place to focus and concentrate in order to create.
We invite artists to come to La Pommeraie to rest and reflect and find new sources of inspiration. The heart of what we offer is found at the intersection of art, Christian faith and culture. Our desire is to see artists explore, develop and create artwork, while opening doors to a deeper spiritual encounter with our God, the Great Creator.
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.