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2021 Spring Worship Conference

April 9, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Conference Schedule

8:30-9:00 Gathered Worship https://zoom.us/j/4028926190
9:00-9:45 First Session: Rory Noland https://zoom.us/j/4028926190 (Same as Gathered Worship)
10:00-10:50 Breakout 1: Kristian Black https://zoom.us/j/8749322051
10:00-10:50 Breakout 2: Rory Noland https://zoom.us/j/9379406662
10:00-10:50 Breakout 3: Panel for Worship Leaders https://zoom.us/j/4112999670
11:00-11:50 Breakout 4: James Okon https://zoom.us/j/8749322051
11:00-11:50 Breakout 5: Greg Armstrong https://zoom.us/j/9379406662
11:00-11:50 Breakout 6: Aryn Calhoun https://zoom.us/j/4112999670
1:00-2:00 Gathered Worship-Closing (Same as first Gathered Worship) https://zoom.us/j/4028926190

Worship Conference Speakers
Kristian Black
Session: “What Every Producer and Engineer Should Know For Efficient Production”
Kristian Black is a music producer and audio engineer in the Chicagoland area. Kristian is the owner of StillWater Productions which is a production company that serves artists in songwriting, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering music. His heart beats to help artists and songwriters create God-glorifying music.

Kristian has been able to work with Grammy and/or Stellar-recognized artists such as Todd Dulaney, Tamela Mann, Bri Babineaux, Leon Timbo, and Byron Cage. Kristian also produces music for many local, independent artists. He is a graduate of Visible Music College. He also serves at Anthem Church as the music and audio director. When he’s not working, you can catch him watching action movies or enjoying a game night laughing with friends.




Jacquelyn Owens

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Jacquelyn Owens is a worship leader and singer/songwriter with a heart for writing music that inspires and brings hope. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (’11) where her passion for creating music was cultivated. She currently serves as worship director with Renew Collective, a Chicago-based worship group. As a part of Renew Collective, she writes songs for the local church and helps with the planning of Renew Conference, an annual event aimed at equipping local church leaders.




James Okon

Session: “Musicians In a Changing World”

James Okon was born and raised in Nigeria. He studied History and Int’l Studies/Education as his first degree at the Lagos State University, then proceeded to study music and ministry at the Rhema Bible Training Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa for three years. He also holds a diploma in music theory with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music – London.

In the eighteen years that he lived in South Africa, he traveled extensively across many nations of the world, ministering in music, mentoring worshippers, and empowering musicians in the field. He is married, and they both have a beautiful daughter. Always been a musician, always will be a musician.




Rory Noland

Sessions: When Christian Character Changed the World (Keynote), Artistic Temperament: Friend or Foe? (Breakout)

Rory Noland is the director of Heart of the Artist Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving artists in the church. He mentors worship leaders, speaks at churches, workshops, and conferences, leads retreats for artists, and consults with churches in the areas of worship and the arts. Rory is also a published songwriter and has authored five books, including the best-selling book, The Heart of the Artist: A Character-Building Guide For You and Your Ministry Team.

Rory earned a Bachelor’s Degree in music from the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University as well as a Master’s and a Doctorate from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He is also a trained spiritual director (through Christos) and has a certificate in spiritual formation from The Transforming Center. Rory served as the music director at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, for twenty years and as Pastor of Worship for Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. For fifteen years, Rory led worship for the Transforming Center, a ministry that cares for the souls of pastors and leaders.



Carol Y. Davis

Born in Memphis and raised on the East Coast, Carol’s life has always been full of music from all genres. Music has been a part of her family since her childhood. God has gifted her with a soprano voice and she is honored to serve the Kingdom.

In May 2017, Carol graduated Summa Cum Laude and was the class Valedictorian at Visible Music College. In June 2019, she completed a Master’s Degree in Worship Studies from the prestigious Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies in Jacksonville, FL. Carol is the wife of Bishop Dr. Ashley K. Davis, mother of two adult biological children, three bonus children, and grandmother of two.



John Johnson

John H Johnson is the head of the worship leadership division of Visible Music College. He is a writer, composer, singer, and inspirational speaker. He has had the privilege of being a worship facilitator, a team leader, children’s pastor, and senior pastor for over 45 years. This has given him the opportunity to minister to a wide audience in the church.

He has been married to his wife Martha Louise for over 49 years and together they have 4 children who have given them 12 grandchildren.


Brittany Janiszewski

Brittany Janiszewski is the Co-Director of the Masters of Arts in Worship program at Visible Music College. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Northern Seminary and has previously served as a worship leader at a variety of churches, camps, and conferences over the past 12 years.

She and her husband recently relocated to Indianapolis, IN. She enjoys coffee, reading, and Netflix. She is passionate about creating spaces for people to encounter God in meaningful ways and training up the next generation of worship leaders.


Brooke & Corey Knudsen

Brooke and Corey Knudsen are visible alumni who live in the northwest Indiana region and serve as local worship pastors at Mercy Hill Church where Corey has been one of the pastors for six years. For the last seven years, Brooke has served on staff at Visible Music College-Chicago in a variety of roles but most recently as the worship leading professor. They love to travel and connect with people all over the world, which they have been able to do while being a part of LifeLink global. They have a three-year-old son and are expecting their second in August!


Greg Armstrong
Session: “Fostering a culture of multiethnic and generational worship”
Greg Armstrong is the founding and lead pastor of Renew Church, a multiethnic church plant in the west suburbs of Chicago. For the past 15 years, he has worked in vocational ministry as a worship pastor, young adult pastor, and church planter.
Greg is honored to do life with his wife of 15 years, Kristal, and his 3 sons Evan, Ethan, and Gregory Jr. Currently, he is finishing his Masters in theology at Northern Seminary and plans to continue fostering conversations of multi-ethnic ministry both in the local church community and academic settings.
In addition to his role at Renew Church, Greg is the founder of Renew Movement, a collective of worship leaders, artists, and musicians who gather to fuel the local church with a passion for songwriting, unification, and reconciliation through the arts. This worship collective also serves as the framework for the annual Renew Worship Conference, Worship School, and local worship leader cohorts throughout Chicagoland.






April 9, 2021
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
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