Main Session Speakers:
C.J. serves as the Senior Pastor for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has authored a number of books including Living the Cross Centered Life and Humility: True Greatness. C.J. and his wife Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren.
Rick Gamache serves as the Pastor for Preaching and Mission of Sovereign Grace Church in Bloomington, MN. His primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and teaching for Sovereign Grace Church to fulfill the mission to make disciples who delight in, display, and declare the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Rick also serves as a Regional Leader for our family of churches, Sovereign Grace Churches, in the Midwest/Northwest region. Rick and his wife, Delaine, live in Burnsville, MN and have five children: Brontë, Thaxton, Cosette, Yari, and Haddon.
Bob Kauflin is the director of Sovereign Grace Music where his main tasks include equipping pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship, and overseeing albums produced by Sovereign Grace Music. He is currently having a great time helping plant Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He blogs at Worshipmatters.com, and his book, Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God, was released in 2008 by Crossway. His second book, True Worshipers was released in 2014. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and 18 grandchildren.
Shai Linne is one of the founding pastors of Risen Christ Fellowship, which was planted in September 2015 in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Before that, Shai did a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., after which he served for two years as an elder at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Shai is also a recording artist with Lamp Mode Recordings, where he has released six Christian hip-hop albums. He is happily married to Blair and they have three children–Sage, Maya and Ezra.
Matt serves as Senior Pastor at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. For 19 years prior to that, he served as a worship leader in local church contexts. During that time, he contributed a chapter to Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader (2013). He is a contributing author to one of the forthcoming Psalms volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Series. Matt and Paula have three children, Hunter, Will, and Ellie.
Caroline Cobb is a singer-songwriter particularly interested in telling the stories of scripture through her music. Caroline’s most recent album, The Blood + the Breath: Songs that Tell the Story of Redemption takes the listener on a journey through redemptive history, with each song parachuting into a different biblical scene. She is currently working on a new album of songs centering around the biblical theme of kingdom hope in exile, to be released summer 2017. Caroline and her husband Nick live in Dallas, TX with their three young kids (Ellie, Harrison and Libby).
Devon Kauflin is a pastor at Grace Church of Clarksburg, leading corporate worship, preaching, and providing pastoral care. He also serves Sovereign Grace Music by contributing to recordings, leading events, and developing strategies for training leaders and better serving local churches. He completed his B.S. in Business from the University of Maryland (2007) and his M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2015) where he is currently studying for his Ph.D. Devon and his wife, Kristine, were married in 2006 and have 4 children.
Daniel Renstrom is the worship pastor at The Church At Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He attended Liberty University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has recorded 3 independent albums. Daniel and his wife Danielle have been married for 14 years and have 3 beautiful daughters, Bennett, Eden and Mercy.
Sojourn Music is the songwriting and recording ministry of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. Early in life of the church, Sojourn’s leaders saw the need for worship songs that could plumb the depths of gospel truth while speaking to the breadth of the human experience. Where were the theologically-rich songs of both celebration and lament, confession of sin and assurance of pardon? Turning to gifted songwriters within the church body, and turning often to the hymn writers of the past, Sojourn Music began writing, leading, and recording new songs and re-tuned hymns that would preach the gospel to the worshipping Church. Sojourn Music has released 10 albums, starting with 2005’s “These Things I Remember,” and most recently with their full-length “New Again,” and their Kids EP, “Proof Pirates.” All Sojourn Music albums can be purchased at sojournmusic.bandcamp.com. Follow on Twitter and Instagram under @SojournMusic.
Patrick serves as worship pastor at Christ Community Church in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is an active musician and educator with a love for serving the Church and training others do so as well. As a guitarist, he has performed extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad, won top awards at various competitions, served as a founding member of the band Enfield. As an educator, he has worked as an assistant professor of music at Cedarville University, taught at the Master’s College and Westmont College, and given many guitar clinics at various conferences, schools and churches. He and his wife Emily have three boys.
Jonny Barahona is the Worship Director at the Midtown campus of Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, KY. He is an award-winning keyboardist/singer/arranger and has worked with artists in the Integrity Music Latin label as well as other ministries including Sovereign Grace Music and The Gospel Coalition. Jonny is a recent graduate from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches as an adjunct at Boyce College.
Steve & Vikki Cook
Steve and Vikki Cook have been worship leaders and songwriters for over 30 years. Their songs, “Before the Throne of God Above,” “I Will Glory In My Redeemer,” and many others are being used in churches worldwide. For many years, they have also taught the craft of Songwriting at various churches, conferences and colleges. Steve and Vikki reside in Orlando, Florida, and are a part of Redeemer Church at Lake Nona, a Sovereign Grace member church.
Born in England of Irish and Kurdish parents Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Haykin is the author of a number of books dealing with Patristic and Baptist studies, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church (Crossway, 2011); and most recently, Eight Women of Faith (Crossway, 2016). He splits his time between Louisville, Kentucky, and his home in Dundas, Ontario. He and his wife Alison are members of West Highland Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ontario.
Ryan is a worship leader at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Clarita, California. He is also a primary songwriter and bassist for Enfield, which served as the house band for the Resolved Conference since 2007. In addition to teaching private instruction for guitar, bass, and songwriting, he is an adjunct faculty member and electric bass instructor at The Master’s College. He has contributed arranging and bass playing to several Sovereign Grace Music albums since 2011. He and his wife Rachel reside in Santa Clarita with their children, Henry and Evelyn.
Doug has served the Pro Audio/MI Industry for over 25 years in various sales and marketing capacities. He blazed a trail for Shure, Inc, where for seven years built their entire House of Worship strategy through his hundreds of workshops, artist relationships and by creating educational resources. He is now founder and CEO of Worship MD, an independent consultant company and represents Audio-Technica, Aviom, Presonus and other well- known brands in the industry who desire to train, equip and resource the worship community. He has served as worship leader and as an audio tech in local churches where he resides. He is married to Sheri Gould and father to eight children and three grandchildren. For more information see www.worshipmd.com.
Sheri has taught voice privately for over 35 years. She has served in various local churches since 1986. She was the director of Good News Productions, an evangelistic outreach involving singing, drama, dance and original musicals for 13 years. She writes a regular vocal column for Worship Musician! Magazine and has been featured in various magazines such as Front Yard Worship Magazine and Inner Voice. She tours the country with her husband teaching and equipping the body of Christ for music ministry at such conferences as Christian Musician Summit, Seminars4Worship, International Worship Institute, Experience Conference, Unite Worship, Worship Arts Technology Summit and more. A home-schooling mom since 1985, she her husband Doug reside in New Jersey where she is now home-schooling the last of their eight children.
Josh is the founder and CEO of JHS Pedals; a Kansas City based and globally recognized guitar effects company. Josh’s 25 years of experience as a studio guitarist, touring musician, studio engineer/producer, worship leader, songwriter and recording artist bring a fresh insight to the application of guitar, no matter what style of music is at hand. With extensive knowledge of the history of electric guitar and it’s evolution over the last century, Josh offers a unique perspective for guitarists and in-depth discussion that is guaranteed to engage and inform.
Since 2005, Don has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also serves as Associate Dean. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, How Can I Be Sure I’m a Christian?, Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Praying the Bible, and Family Worship.
David Zimmer is a full-time touring and studio drummer/singer from Seattle, Washington. David and his wife Julie, their two kids (Paxton and Josephine) currently live in Burbank, California where he serves as the worship leader for the college ministry, Crossroads at Grace Community Church. David is also a songwriter and has recently written, “May The Peoples Praise You” heard on the latest Keith and Kristyn Getty album. David’s drumming and singing can be heard on multiple Sovereign Grace recordings.
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