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Kierre is a renowned worship leader, Kennedy Center performer, off-broadway cast member and passionate about seeing walls and barriers torn down that separate the body of Christ. He has toured with artists like Tasha Cobbs, Vashawn Mitchell and more. He joined United Pursuit and is part of the collective, Common Hymnal. He has served on staff at Daystar Church as the Next Generation Worship Director since 2013. Kierre is married to Marika Lindsay and together they are missionaries who travel domestically and internationally to serve and spread the message of Jesus Christ to all who will listen.
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Jacob Padgett is the Set and Lighting Designer at Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tennessee. He joined the creative team in their main Hendersonville campus to oversee the work of design and build future sets for Sunday services, maintain lighting equipment, consoles and volunteer training at the various campuses of Long Hollow and provide support of the visual lighting atmospheres for weekly services.
Brad Weston is founder and president of Renewed Vision, makers of ProPresenter, ProVideoPlayer, and ProVideoServer. He has been a volunteer video director for North Point Community Church for 15 years and has worked with productions worldwide both in consulting, as well as in live production.
Nathan Williams serves as the Technical Director at Victory World Church in Atlanta, GA. Having been on staff for over 10 years, he has had a front-row seat as the church has grown to over 10,000 weekly attendees across multiple campuses, representing more than 110 nationalities, making it one of the largest multicultural congregations in the United States. He overseas sound, lighting, stage design and live video production as he leads a team of engineers and volunteers of over 300 every week. Nathan and his wife Ashley recently celebrated 10 years of marriage and are proud parents of four children.
Mark has 34+ years of advertising, communication and design experience and currently services as the Director of Church Communication at Generis. He’s been a Communication Pastor, Executive Director of the Center for Church Communications as well as the creative Director and Brand Strategist for the Florida Baptist State Convention serving over 3000 Florida Baptist churches. He’s also the author of “Be Known For Something: Reconnect with Community by Revitalizing Your Church’s Reputation” which was released in 2017. He and his wife Tammy are married with two sons.
Ezra Cohen is a filmmaker and creative director specializing in creating unique visual environments in films, commercials, and live concert environments. He has created unique visual textures and experiences for commercial brands like Musicbed, Express, Adidas and Sony as well as music artists including Hillsong Young & Free, Justin Bieber, Tha Chainsmokers, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Hillsong United and more. Recently, he’s been featured as a teacher and online course instructor by some of the most renown publications in the world, including Forbes and more.
Joey currently serves at Christ’s Church, Mason OH. He is the Online Pastor and also oversees Worship & Arts, Communications and Production teams. Growing up in Brazil as a preacher’s kid, he has a keen eye for multi-generational ministry, as well as the ability to see innovation and change as a society and culture shift. He’s an ordained minister and has been serving in various capacities in America since 2002. He regularly blogs and contributes to the conversation of online church at joeysantos.blog.
Alex Fuller is a seasoned lighting professional who is passionate about using the technical arts as an extension of worship. He started sweeping floors as a kid in a local production house, and completed his first coast to coast tour of the US by age 20. He has over 15 years experience as the lighting and scenic designer for several churches, touring events, and conferences including Bethel, Saddleback Church, Jesus Culture, Hillsong United and more. His experience in the Christian market affords him a unique understanding of the challenges that many production teams face. His goal is to partner with you as you define your vision, overcome obstacles, and create the environment that you desire.
Phil Bowdle got his start in creative ministry back in 2004. Today, Bowdle is the author of “Rethink Communication: A Playbook to Clarify and Communicate Everything in Your Church” and works as the Creative Arts pastor at West Ridge Church in Northwest Atlanta. On a day-to-day basis, Bowdle leads teams who work in communication, media, worship, and production. He also speaks, blogs, and offers coaching about communication, leadership, and the creative church.
Will Doggett is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and the Founder of From Studio to Stage, an online resource dedicated to teaching people how to learn to perform with Ableton Live on stage. He’s passionate about making complex things simple and has been teaching others to use Ableton Live as a tool for Leading Worship since 2008. He has served the church in many roles as Worship Leader, Music Director, Creative Director, and Production Director.
Justin Firesheets has been the Production Director at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Ala., since Feb. 2009 after having spent the previous six years working in the sports broadcasting industry. He is responsible for the management of the production systems, volunteer teams, and equipment at all 23 campuses of Highlands, which has grown to become one of the largest churches in the United States.
Stephen Brewster has more than 15 years in professional creative environments including music marketing and management, artist development, creative team leading and art directing. Currently a leadership and creative coach in Nashville, Tennessee, Stephen previously led the creative team in dreaming, creating and executing experiences, communications, music and more for all areas of ministry at Freedom House Church in Charlotte,N.C.; Life Church in Orlando, Florida and Cross Point Church in Nashville. He loves to spend time with his wife, Jackie, and their four children.
Katie Allred runs ChurchCommunications.com, where she has helped over 23,000 people who work in churches with their marketing and communication strategies. Katie is also an assistant professor of marketing and software development at the University of Mobile. Katie is also a Certified StoryBrand Guide and would love to help your church or business communicate more clearly
Kenny Jahng is the founder and CEO of Big Click Syndicate, a strategic communications agency that works with nonprofit and Christian ministries. The Company’s clients includes American Bible Society, Princeton Theological Seminary, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and The United Methodist Church. He also co-leads the Church Communications Facebook Group community with 22,000+ communicators. Kenny runs ChurchButler.com, a daily social media content service. He is also StoryBrand Certified. Connect with him at KennyJahng.com or follow his #DailyKJTV vlog on LinkedIn
Grant Norsworthy is not another singer who talks too much. He’s a speaker who sings songs.
An Aussie who was based in Nashville from 2002 to 2018, Grant Norsworthy achieved considerable success as a professional musician including a Grammy® nomination, a Dove Award, extensive touring, recording and radio hits with bands like Paul Colman Trio and Sonicflood. Now conducting global ministry work from his Nelson, New Zealand home base, Grant uses his musicianship, freewheeling wit and uncommon candor to encourage audiences to deeper faith in Christ and good works. As the founder, content developer and principal instructor for More Than Music Mentor, he provides high quality online and onsite training for the heart and the art of worshiping musicians everywhere.
At 13 years old, David began his journey in church production when he found out that he could skip the main church service to serve in the youth group AV booth. Fast forward a *few* years, and David has worked as a professional lighting designer and teacher in the church, corporate, and live music worlds. Today, David runs LearnStageLighting.com, teaching lighting to beginner and intermediate-level lighting enthusiasts, and is a volunteer tech director at a medium-sized church in Nashville, TN.
Shannon is a writer, speaker, and Associate Executive Pastor at Church of the City in Franklin, Tennessee. She has also been a pastor to women and children and sits on the Executive Leadership Team of the church. She’s been in ministry for over 25 years and has experience in many facets of church leadership, from leading high performing teams, to volunteer recruitment and engagement, service programming, communication, and production. A trusted voice on a wide range of topics, Shannon is grateful to spend time writing for ministry and leadership blogs, training leaders, and speaking at conferences and churches. Over her tenure of ministry, she’s had the honor to work with North Point Community Church, Passion Conferences, Rethink group and more. Shannon and her husband Jeffrey have been married since 1999 and have three teenage children, Maggie (18), Jack (15), and Ali (14) and two dogs, Nash and Loretta.
Dex is the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Black Roses, a brand strategy firm based in Riverside, CA. Prior to launching Black Roses, Dex was the Creative Director at Sandals Church where he led a small army of creative engineers and designers to provide communication, artistic, and branding oversight to the churches overarching mission.
Nathan is a gifted speaker with 20 years experience in pastoral leadership including lead pastoring, urban church planting, international missions and worship/creative ministries. Demonstrating great aptitude in counseling, discipleship and spiritual formation with a concentration in the development of christian leaders. Prior to being a pastor, Nathan spent many years as a song-writer and signed artist to the Integrity Music label where he has credits for Don Moen, Glenn Packiam and more. Most recently, Nathan and his wife Tricia have started fundraising for their newest call in ministry, Refreshing the Refreshers, a ministry seeking to serve those on the edge of burnout in ministry under as a partner of LifeImpact Ministries.
Gary Molander is an Author, Pastor, Filmmaker and Artist who has served the church and the greater creative community for over a decade! Gary served as a pastor for seventeen years, and has a Masters Degree in Creative Arts. He is also the author of, Pursuing Christ. Creating Art., a powerful book on creativity and the church. He is also the co-owner of Floodgate Creative, and has worked with Pro Athletes Outreach, Credera Inc., and Chick Fil-A to help promote their stories and events, using video and film.
Gary has been a part of SALT Conferences since the first gathering in 2013, and regularly shepherds the creative leaders and technical teams that are a part of the SALT Community. He and his wife Angela live in Nashville, Tennessee.
Known by most as “Dr J”, he holds degrees in Interpersonal Communication and Literature from Wheaton College; Counseling Psychology from Auburn University; Higher Education Leadership & Policy from the University of Tennessee; and has additional education in leadership & organizational change from Harvard University.
Most recently, Dr. J has been a consultant working with current and future leaders through his leadership coaching, being a faculty member of Vanderbilt University and as an author of his recent book, Fired Up: Kindling and Keeping The Spark in Creative Teams.
Nikki spent over 20 years leading and building a successful multicultural creative department of over 150 people in an organization of 4000+ through her ministry in Baltimore, MD. With a degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy, she is a brilliant vocalist and worship leader with over 20 years of songwriting, worship and music experience. Currently, she serves as a coach and consultant to churches across the world helping them go from mono-cultural to multi-cultural with their organizations.
Brady Shearer is the CEO and Founder of Pro Church Tools. Brady’s work centers upon helping churches seize the 167 hours beyond their Sunday services and navigating their ministries through the single biggest communication shift we’ve seen in the last 500 years. Through his leadership at Pro Church Tools, they’ve launched countless incredible resources for the local church including Nucelus, RebelGive, StoryTape and more.
He regularly posts on the Pro Church Tool’s with Brady Shearer YouTube channel which has over 83,000 subscribers and currently resides in Ontario, Canada.
Samer Massad is one of the dynamic communicators at Woodstock City Church in Woodstock, GA. Woodstock City Church is one of the campuses of North Point Community Church under the leadership and direction of Andy Stanley. Samer received his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary prior to moving to Georgia. He has had the opportunity to speak to leaders, students and audiences around the nation by being a top-hailed speaker at Orange Conference, Youth Specialties, North Point Church and more.
Luke McElroy is the founder and visionary of SALT Conferences. Author of four books including most recently released Creative Potential: Principles for Unleashing Your God-Given Calling, Luke was hailed as one of the “top innovators for worship” by Worship Leader Magazine. Luke’s leadership has helped create powerful live environments for thousands around the world.
He and his wife Tricia are proud to call Nashville, Tennessee home.
Joseph grew up in Akron, OH, and eventually made his way to Atlanta, GA as a hip-hop artist. There he connected with the team from North Point Community Church and Big Stuf Camps where he served as creative director, communicator and emcee of Catalyst Conference for many years. As the founder of Two Cents Creative, he and his team use art, media, film and interactive experiences to share story in a way that captivates audiences attention, while communicating in a compelling manner.
He has had the opportunity to shape moments and create content for Passion Conferences, Chick-Fil-A Leadership Seminars, NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, Elevation Church, SALT Conferences, Big Stuf Camps and many more! Currently, Joseph is serving as a Shephard of creative filmmakers in Fayetteville, GA with Pinewood Studios.
Glenn Packiam is the associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is also the author of 5 books including his most recent: Blessed Broken Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus. Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK and is an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA).
Prior to becoming a pastor, Glenn was one of the founding leaders and songwriters of the Desperation Band. As a signed songwriter, he has had the honor of writing and co-writing over 65 worship songs, including several well-loved songs, like “Your Name” and “My Savior Lives.” Glenn has been a SALT keynote speaker many times and currently lives with his wife, Holly, and their four children in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.
Andy Mineo is a New York City-based hip hop recording artist signed to Reach Records. His album, Uncomfortable, became the No. 1 independent record in the country and delivered a No. 3 and No.10 position on Billboard’s Hip Hop and Top 200 album charts, respectively. He has appeared on Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning, MTV, and his colossal hit “You Can’t Stop Me” won an ESPN Whammy Award for MLB’s Top Walk Up Song.
Andy Mineo carries his music beyond through scripting, producing and directing many of his own music videos. He also is the founder of the podcast “work in progress” and most recently collaborated with rapper Wordsplayed for the release of their mixtape, Andy Mineo and Wordsplayed present Magic & Bird.
If you are flying to #SALT18, we recommend flying in/out of BNA (Nashville International Airport). This airport serves all major airline brands, and is approximately 30-40 min from the church. Unfortunately we are unable to provide transportation to and from the airport.
Nashville is a very up and coming city with an incredible Uber and Lyft network. However, Nashville does not have public transportation. Therefore, we recommend renting a car for the week. The hotels are approx 5-7 minutes from the Church and you will enjoy having the freedom to drive to and from restaurants, coffee, and explore the vibrant Nashville scene.
Use BNA (Nashville International Airport) for flying in/out of #SALT18. Unfortunately we are unable to provide transportation to and from airport.
Nashville has both Uber and Lyft. However, we recommend renting a car.