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The Aaron Pelsue Band is a high-energy praise and worship band based out of Indianapolis, IN. They bring a guitar driven, vocally pleasing, mix of songs that cry out praise to God and honor to Jesus Christ. Those who may not know Christ will be inspired and energized by the presence of God’s Spirit in their music. Followers of Christ will be drawn into the worship and adoration of the Lord.
Adam is on the student ministry staff at Canyon Ridge Christian Church in (fabulous) Las Vegas, Nevada. He has had the opportunity to travel all over the country sharing God’s love with people through music, teaching, and laughter. He almost always smells very nicely and smiles. In third grade, he got first place in a trivia contest at school and got to eat lunch at McDonald’s because of it. Once he even rode a horse.
Ben Hardman is the pastor of the Avenue Christian Church on the University of Louisville’s campus. (www.avechurch.com) Ben served for 8 years at Southeast Christian Church in their student and college ministry. He is married to Sarah & has 3 kids (Cole, Caden and Claire), who are the absolute joy of his life. Ben is the author of the book Thrive: Doing More Than Surviving Your Faith. His vision is to create a movement of multiplying churches on college campuses.
Ben Kolarcik is a singer, songwriter and gifted worship leader based outside of Los Angeles, California. He currently serves as the Worship Arts Pastor for Discovery Church and at the progressive young adult service, "The Vine" at Shepherd of the Hills Church. Ben has been leading worship and performing internationally for the last 12 years and has a passion for authentic, spirit-filled worship.
Brandon Grissom is a singer/songwriter and worship leader from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Raised in the dusty backwoods of Oklahoma, he relocated to Chi-town from Oklahoma City in the spring of 2003. Brandon and band lead worship regularly at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, as well as various conferences, camps, churches, and events around the country.
As Vice President of Student Development for Lincoln Christian University, Brian Mills helps students find their gifts, passion and sense of calling.
Brian enjoys serving the campus and the larger community through developing programs for student discipleship, community service, leadership development, preaching and teaching.
While in Dallas, TX for 10 years, he served in the inner city, at Denton Christian Church and Valley View Christian Church. In 2002, he moved his family to Lincoln to finish his M.Div. and to serve LCU’s campus. He is excited by the power of the Word of God to renew people and culture.
He loves being Chantell’s husband (18 yrs) & the dad of Ryder (16) and Rylee (14). He enjoys motorcycle riding, hiking, the outdoors, jazz music, hot sauce, blueberries, almonds, coffee and adventurous foreign food (not together). Be careful when you’re on the county roads and highways around Lincoln—Brian is likely to be on his bicycle enjoying the heat of the day and the wind at his back.
Growing up as worship leaders, Carrollton is Justin Mosteller, Jeremy Menard, Michael Loy and Jordan Bailey - a band of brothers shaped by their upbringing, their music and their namesake. The guys hail from Louisville and Cincinnati, so it only made sense for them to take on the name of the small town between their two cities - Carrollton, KY. Coming off the recent release of their first national EP Breathe In Deep and unified with the same focus to share the hope of Jesus wherever they go, Carrollton joins us again in worship this summer.
Chad lives in Joplin, Missouri with his wife, Tara, and three kids, Logan, Addy, and Ryane. He has taught New Testament and Christian Apologetics at Ozark Christian College for the past eight years. His favorite team, favorite band, and favorite movie is the same as yours. But you would probably hate his favorite color. The most important thing about Chad is that Jesus is alive.
Taffy (Christopher Tafalla) has been the Student Worship Pastor at Saddleback Church for 13 years. He oversees all of the Junior High and High School worship leading ministries, a ministry called the "Cluster of Students." Taffy is married to a beautiful Swiss woman named Sue and his three children are crazy. He enjoys cooking, eating, rice, eating, playing sports, eating, and seconds.
Conor Le Blanc is originally from Valencia, CA and is currently living in Joplin, MO. He is a senior at Ozark Christian College and is the Youth and Children’s Pastor at Cornerstone Church. Conor really loves people... like a lot. The word quiet has never been used to define this man. He loves to make people smile, and will use just about any means necessary to do so. He loves big beards and tattoos. Fun Fact: he has had his nose pierced since the 12th grade… NO IT IS NOT A FISH HOOK IN HIS NOSE. He is passionate about the kingdom of heaven coming to earth, and people seeing Jesus when they look at him. He is looking forward to worshiping and serving alongside you this summer. So GET PUMPED!!!
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Danny Curry joins us from Greenfield, Indiana where he serves at Spiritual Development Minister at Park Chapel Christian Church. Growing up in Bedford, Indiana, he started preaching at the age of 16 before attending Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee for his formal ministry training. He is a passionate speaker who teaches God’s truth with a straightforward style, humor and real-life applications. Danny considers it a privilege to worship with us and to challenge us from God’s Word.
Danny Larsh is a worship leader and songwriter based in Phoenix, AZ. He currently serves in the Youth Ministry at Christ’s Church of the Valley. Danny is married to Derra. They love $5 appetizers, $4 coffee, and $3 movie tickets. This is Danny’s 3rd summer with CIY MOVE.
Dave and Brian are a nationally touring musical comedy duo based out of Philadelphia, PA. Their high energy live show consists of hilarious original songs and stand-up comedy. They have been described as “truly phenomenal,” “fresh,” and “cutting edge!”. More than just your average acoustic guitar/glockenspiel duo, Dave and Brian have spent the past 8years crafting a truly unique comedy experience. In that time they have traveled all over the country performing shows at various comedy clubs, churches, colleges, and conferences. Their music has been featured on NBC’s “The Today Show,” NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” show, and FunnyorDie.com.
Dave is part of the nationally touring musical comedy duo, Dave and Brian, based out of Philadelphia. Their high energy live show consists of hilarious original songs and stand-up comedy. They have traveled all over the country performing shows at various comedy clubs, churches, colleges, and conferences. Before doing comedy full-time, Dave was a Youth Pastor with The Salvation Army in Ithaca, NY. Even though comedy is his job, Youth Ministry is still at the heart of who Dave is and currently works with teens at his local church when not on the road.
Dave Hunter is an improvisor/actor from Chicago where he directs an improv comedy group called GreenRoom Improv (a group in which 2 other Emcees perform!). He makes his living doing video production and is married with three daughters, two of which he loves. The third isn't born yet, but by the time Dave is on stage this summer, she'll be 7 weeks old! Dave is skinny.
Frank(ie) Ocampo is currently attending Multnomah University which is located in Portland, Oregon. Frank is in pursuit of his Masters in Counseling degree and will be graduating this coming spring. Frank was born and raised in London, England and came to the states in 2007 to study Biblical theology. Frank has a history with CIY MOVE as a student, as youth leader, and as a bible college rep. Frank is excited to be on stage for CIY this summer, he is full of energy, loves to make people laugh, and has such a big passion to share the gospel with young people.
Isaiah C. Basye worked a bit for SuperStart where he was the Human Cannonball. He was also a main character for a show on TBN called The Lads TV. He played a disgruntled live ukulele musician. He is a member of the SCBWI. (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) He writes funny poems for kids and hopes to soon be a children's book author. For now he's a 5th grade teacher in Carthage MO.
Jessica Torres has served in youth ministry since she was 20 years old (we'll let you do the math). She absolutely loves hanging out with students and sharing life with them. Her favorite things on the planet include: ice cold Coke, dramatic TV shows and donuts. Jessica is currently one of the high school pastors at her church in Southern California where she lives as a newlywed with her husband! She's excited to meet you at MOVE this summer!
Jim has served as Lead Minister for Sunnybrook Christian Church for the past 9 years. God has created Jim with a passion for discipleship and teaching. Along with preaching the majority of Sundays he meets with smaller groups to further challenge their understanding of God.
Jim and his wife Andrea have been married for 24 years and have three boys, Matt, Mac and Max.
The Jordan Howerton Band is emerging as one of this generation’s most energetic and authentic worship bands. Rarely do you find a band as humble and servant minded as JHB. They are a tight knit group of guys from the Midwest with an infectious spirit for the Kingdom of Jesus. They lead thousands of people in worship every year while traveling to events and churches around the nation. Their authentic leadership is seen on and off the stage. They know the value in relationships and not just moments. That is evident in the way they interact with the people they’re leading.
“Great songs, great sound, but that’s not what speaks the loudest with JHB. This is a band with a heart full of passion and desire for the one true living God! Know Him and make Him known is the resounding theme that calls out to everyone within earshot.”
- Kendall Combes (recording producer for JHB and electric guitarist for Charlie Hall)
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Kat McKeown has been in love with the stage since she was a wee little nugget.
From Make-up Artist to Improv Performer and Teacher of the Performing Arts,
Kat has found no greater joy then bringing confidence, laughter, and understanding to her students and audience. She also enjoys run on sentences and can't wait to return to CIY this summer!
You can find her at greenroomtheater.com and on twitter at @TheKatMcKeown
Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter Kyle Sherman is the flagship artist to brand new label RayLynn Records. A worship leader at heart, Kyle has been serving in the local church for over ten years. Recently, he has been traveling in support of his debut album "Hear Me". Kyle lives in Fort Worth, TX with his wife Stacie and their two children Layla and Eli.
Louie and Brianne Bookout live in Pasadena, CA and were married last October. Both have been leading worship since a young age and now look forward to being able to pursue that passion together. They both work at churches in Los Angeles; Louie is a worship leader at Real Life Church and Brianne works with students at Shepherd of the Hills. They look forward to meeting the students at Move this summer and can't wait to worship with them
Mallory is a student at Ozark Christian College studying preaching and has worked as a Sex-Ed teacher in middle schools surrounding Joplin, MO for the past 3 years. She is a southern girl who grew up the small town of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, which is a lively replica of Andy Griffith's Mayberry. She enjoys homemade soups and watching Forest Gump anytime it is on TV. She frequently listens to the Phil Collins station on Pandora and sometimes shamelessly slow claps to the end of a good audio-book. Mal is passionate about preaching and teaching the Kingdom of God and is looking forward to sharing her passions this summer with other Kingdom Workers!
Mark Christian is the Senior Minister of Christ's Church of Oronogo in Oronogo, MO (Joplin). He has been learning about God and ministry every day for the past 27 years. He is the father of two sons, husband of Heather. He loves Jesus, the Church, teaching others what he is learning each week, the University of Notre Dame, the Chicago Cubs, and the Chicago Bears.
Mark was a professor of New Testament at Ozark Christian College from 1990-2012, receiving a PhD from the University of Wales (2008) for his work on the politics of Jesus. In 2012 he has accepted the role of Teaching Pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Mark has authored a number of books, mostly on the Life of Christ (also Acts and Revelation). He is a speaker noted for his passion for the lost and his participation in completing the great commission of Christ. His life goal is to make Jesus famous.
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Mark Worley and his wife Caroline have three children and three grandchildren. Mark has served as a pastor in Sherman/Denison, TX, a youth pastor in Austin and Midland, TX, and a teaching/preaching pastor with Compass Christian Church. After graduating from Dallas Christian College, he studied Behavioral Science at UTPB, Higher Education Administration at UNT, and received his graduate degree in New Testament and Urban Ministry at Johnson University. He is in his thirty-second year with Dallas Christian College, where he is currently serving in administration as Vice President for Community and as Associate Professor of Practical Ministries, following his passion of working with young men and women, developing them into leaders for the Kingdom of God. He oversees an initiative in mentoring at DCC that is creative and unique. Growing up in the inner cities of San Antonio and Dallas, he also has a passion for working within the urban context. Using his background of inner city, he has served on the World Impact Dallas board for eight years. He is a man who loves his family, loves the church, loves the city, and loves navigating people to God.
Matt Bayless is a worship leader and singer/songwriter residing in Louisville, KY. He was raised in small-town midwest- transplanted to Los Angeles for a spell, and eventually moved his family and now serve in Louisville at Southeast Christian Church. In addition to serving as one of their main adult worship leaders, Matt and the band lead worship at regular conferences, retreats and other churches around the country.
Ryan Post is a Worship Pastor based out of Louisville, KY. Originally from the Potato State of Idaho, he currently serves with amazing friends and family as the Student Ministries Worship Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. Ryan currently has 3 passions that drive his life: Loving and Laughing with his wife Emily, Lifting High the Name of Jesus through the avenue of music with and among young people across the country, and reading classic epic novels.
Michael currently serves as Director of Ministry at Real Life Church in Valencia, CA. He and his wife Beth were married in 2003 and they have two kiddos – Claire (3) and Carson (due April 2013). In June they'll move to Joplin, MO, where Michael will begin serving as a New Testament professor at Ozark Christian College. He has written Jesus in 3D (2011) and More Jesus (2012).
Mike and Caleb are currently students at Ozark Christian College. Mike is pursuing a career in youth ministry and Caleb is pursuing a career in Family ministry and Christian counseling. Mike and Caleb are both interns at College Heights High School Ministry. Mike is currently a barista at Starbucks. Caleb currently takes advantage of this.
Miriam Naponelli Masey is an actor from Chicago, IL. She loves using her passion for theater/acting in every aspect of her life! When she isn't on stage acting or improvising with GreenRoom Improv, she works for Spotlight Youth Theater as a teacher, director, and as their Marketing Coordinator. Miriam is so excited to be joining the CIY team this summer!
You can find her at greenroomtheater.com or on twitter at @mnaponelli
Randy Gariss has been the Senior Minister of the thriving and healthy College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, Missouri, for 25 years. He and his wife Julie have been married 31 years, have three grown children, and are now joyfully playing the role of grandparents.
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Ryan Post is a Student Worship Pastor and songwriter who currently serves at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY. Originally from the Potato State of Idaho, Ryan moved to Kentucky in 2007 to work with High School and Jr. High students as a Pastor in the Local Church. Ryan and his wife Emily serve and lead worship together at their local church and at events, conferences and churches all over the country. Together, they have a deep passion to Awaken the next generation to the Glory of God and to see the Church follow the way of Jesus.
Hey guys! I'm Stacey, and I'm really excited to hang out with you this summer at MOVE. I love it so much I haven't missed a conference in 15 years! I am a stay at home mom, photographer, special events speaker, and #1 youth sponsor for my husband who is a student minister in St. Louis. This is my third year taking the stage as an emcee for the morning show, and hopefully this year I don't accidentally hit anyone in the face with my coffee cup.
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