EC19  |  Speakers


    Jud Wilhite is an author, speaker and senior pastor of Central Church, a church founded in Las Vegas with over twelve locations nationally and internationally. Central is recognized as one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America. 

    He is a bestselling author of several books, including Uncaged,The God of Yes, Pursued, and a study Bible for new believers, The Uncensored Truth Bible for New Beginnings. His teaching segments are heard nationally on K-LOVE radio. He and his wife, Lori, have two kids and live in the Las Vegas area.


    Alex Seeley is a passionate communicator and teacher of the Word. Possessing a unique ability to reveal how the Word of God is applicable to our everyday lives, Alex shares openly about how the power of God has proven real in her own life. Known for her boldness and tenacity, you’ll love the way Jesus shines through her. Born and raised in Australia, Alex served as an Executive Pastor at a church in Melbourne for nearly 20 years. Having relocated with her family to Nashville in 2012, Alex and her husband Henry, began to open their home on Tuesday nights. Their heart was for people to worship, encounter God and build genuine community in a city where people's personal and spiritual lives often succumb to the transient nature of 'life on the road'. By February 2014, their basement was filled to capacity and as a result The Belonging Cochurch was born. The vision of the Belonging Co. is for people to experience Jesus in an authentic way that affects every area of their life. Encounter over entertainment, intimacy over industry and presence over presentation continues to be the mandate for the church.

    As Senior Pastors of the Belonging Co., Alex and Henry call Nashville home where they live with their two children, Holly and Taylor.


    As a Dove Award-Winning songwriter, National Best-Selling author and veteran worship leader and speaker, Michael is influencing a generation of worshipers and creators in the local church.  His mission is Helping people experience God through songs and stories.  His songs have been recorded by artists such as Michael W. Smith, Natalie Grant, Rebecca St. James, Kutless, Anthony Evans, Phillips, Craig & Dean, and Shane & Shane to name a few.  


    His books include National Best-Selling The River, its sequel Into the Canyon, and the devotional Your Great Name, based on his song by the same title.


    Michael serves as the lead worship pastor of the 42,000+ member Prestonwood Church in Plano, TX while leading and speaking at conferences around the country. He and his wife Leah, along with their three children Micah, Maisie and Wyattlove doing life and ministry in Texas.


    Rev. Jonathan Falwell is senior pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has served as senior pastor since June of 2007. He was called as pastor after his father, Rev. Jerry Falwell (founding pastor of TRBC in 1956) passed away in May of 2007. Rev. Falwell has been in full-time ministry since 1994. Rev. Falwell has been married to Shari since 1992 and has four children; Jonathan Jr. (born 1996) and wife Paige (married January 2018), Jessica (born 1997), Natalie and Nicholas (twins born in 2000). 


    Scot Longyear is the Lead Pastor of Maryland Community Church (one of the fastest growing churches in the US) and serves as Pastor of the Experience Conference

    His latest book, Soul Coma, encourages people to awaken their spiritual life; his daily radio program, Scot’s Daily Word, provides quick inspiration for listeners who want to deepen their faith; and his teaching ministry inspires people to take a step closer to Christ. Scot can also be heard as a frequent co-host on the Worship Leader Probs Podcast

    Scot loves SCUBA diving and motorcycling. He has horrible video game skills and an irrational fear of needles. Scot and his wife Stephanie have two daughters and live in Indiana. Follow him on facebook and Twitter (@longyear).  Check out for more resources and encouragement.


2018 Artists


    For more than a decade, Anthony Evans has voiced the Gospel with such a melodic, thought-provoking style that he has emerged as one of Christian Music's premiere male vocalists, songwriters, and worship leaders. His time in Los Angeles with NBC's hit show The Voice led him to think more progressively about his music--without compromising his faith and message, Anthony wants to speak in terms that connect with people spiritually, no matter where they are at in their faith journey.  

    Anthony’s groundbreaking, Billboard #1 album, Back To Life, features unconventional, stereotype-shattering production and is a much needed breath of fresh air within modern worship.  The album, which is also in the 2017 Grammy pre-nomination ballot for Best Contemporary Album and Best Contemporary Vocal, includes 11 songs featuring Grammy nominated producer Max Stark, legendary vocal producer Tim Davis and songs co-written by Krissy Nordoff (Your Great Name), Cindy Morgan, Martha Munizzi

    and Kirk Franklin.


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    Red Rocks Worship is the worship ministry of Colorado-based Red Rocks Church. Founded in 2005, Red Rocks Church is one of the fastest-growing churches in America with seven campuses and nearly 15,000 total attendees weekly in addition to the 4,000 who watch services online. Formed as an extension of the church, Red Rocks Worship is comprised of worship leaders and songwriters who have a passion to bring their love of Jesus to people through music. The heartbeat behind their music is to cultivate communities of believers that pursue God’s presence while creating a real and authentic environment for people to respond in worship.


    Laugh All Night - Late Night Session


    Laugh All Night - Late Night Session


    Based in Chicago, Vertical Worship is a collective of worship leaders & songwriters from multiple campuses across Harvest Bible Chapel. Their songs include "Open Up the Heavens," "Spirit of the Living God,", “Yes I Will”, "Exalted Over All," “The Rock Won’t Move” & more.  Worship Pastor Andi Rozier:  “The highest and best worship is modeled by what the angels do: sing to God about God - Vertical.” Their latest release, "Bright Faith Bold Future," features exciting new songs recorded live including “Yes I Will”, “Real Thing” & “Over All I Know” that are accessible to both worship leaders and worship music enthusiasts.


    Following a nine-year stint as a paramedic, Pacific Northwest native Ryan Stevenson signed an exclusive agreement with Gotee Records in 2013 after capturing TobyMac’s attention by co-writing the No. 1 and GRAMMY® nominated single “Speak Life.” His first recording for the label was the Holding Nothing Back EP in 2013, which garnered the Top 25 single “Holding Nothing Back." This was followed by 2015’s full-length album Fresh Start, which featured the 14 consecutive weeks No. 1 Billboard radio single and hit song “Eye of the Storm” featuring GabeReal of TobyMac’s DiverseCity band. His latest album No Matter What features the 2017 Top 3 Billboard radio single “The Gospel” and now a current Top 5 radio song with title track featuring Bart Millard of MercyMe. With three No. 1 singles (two as an artist and one as a co-writer), a GRAMMY® nomination, Billboard Music Award nomination, a Dove Award (2017), ASCAP honors and major tour bills with the likes of TobyMac, MercyMe, Newsboys and Matt Maher, among others, Ryan has already distinguished himself as a rare talent whose unique perspective guides his honest lyrics and sonic sensibilities.


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    Experience Conference Opening Night House Band


    Mike Weaver’s desire to hear and follow the call on his life has led to a fascinating journey as a husband, father, and lead singer of Big Daddy Weave.

    Big Daddy Weave, known for their songs “Redeemed,” “My Story,” “The Lion and The Lamb,” “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)” and many more, have now been appearing across the country for over nineteen years. While Big Daddy Weave continues their work as one of the top radio and touring artists in Christian music, simultaneously, Mike follows the part of his journey that leads to even more intimate settings as a solo worship leader. Mike’s heart is to worship with the family of the Lord in whatever setting it may be.

    Essential Worship's Late Night Session


    The CBU Worship Collective, in conjunction with the Worship Arts and Ministry program at California Baptist University, is designed to train worship leaders for effective ministry in the eclectic worship culture of the 21st century church. The Worship Collective at CBU is one of 15 stylistically-diverse ensembles from the Collinsworth School of Music who engage more than 450 students and perform over 300 concerts annually. As one of the largest Christian music schools in the nation, the Collinsworth School of Music at CBU offers fully accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Worship Arts, Vocal and Instrumental Performance, Music Education, Composition, and Conducting.


    Elevation Worship is the worship ministry of Elevation Church, a multisite church based in Charlotte, NC, led by Pastor Steven Furtick. Their most recent album, "There Is A Cloud", was released on March 17, 2017. Their previous album, "Here As in Heaven", featuring the song "O Come To The Altar", was named one of the top Christian music albums of 2017 by iTunes, Worship Leader Magazine, and others. They have toured previously with prominent bands such as Hillsong Worship, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, and Lauren Daigle.


    It’s no secret Charles Billingsley is one of Christian music’s most captivating Inspirational voices, but for this singer, worship leader, husband, father and teacher —to name but a few of his leading roles—it’s what’s behind the music that has truly made the man. Launching his career more than two decades ago fronting GRAMMY®-nominated genre giants NewSong, Charles has since headlined more than 3,000 concerts and released 24 recordings as a solo artist. Charles is the Worship Pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church, and a sought after worship leader who regularly appears at such popular events as Women of Joy, Gridiron Men and Celebrators, among numerous others.

    When he’s not on the road, Charles and his family—wife Shae and teen sons Caleb and Cooper— call San Diego, California home, and it’s his days offstage that ultimately inspire him the most. “Being a father is a lot like being a teacher,” Charles relates. “There’s a lot of pressure and accountability to be the man I’m supposed to be, for my kids to see the same guy at home as they see onstage at church. I want them to witness me reading Scripture; I want them to have conversations with me about the Lord on a regular basis so they know this is not just a job to me, but a lifestyle.


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    Essential Worship's Late Night Session


    Phil Wickham is, at his core, a humble and sincere artist who writes songs and worships God using the medium of music. It is with that brush that he paints images of a loving and creative God across the canvases of listeners’ hearts and minds. The evidence of this gift has been apparent on all of his critically acclaimed efforts:

    Phil Wickham (2006), Cannons (2007), Heaven & Earth (2009), Response (2011), The Ascension (2013) and Children Of God (2016).

    His gold-certified single “This Is Amazing Grace” gave Wickham his first career No. 1, holding the top spot on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart for 13 consecutive weeks. The honors continued as the single was named Billboard’s 2014 No. 1 Christian Airplay Song of the year and BMI's 2015 Christian Song of the Year. In addition to its success at radio, the song has become a beloved anthem in the modern church, increasing Wickham’s recognition as a gifted artist and songwriter with a true heart of worship.

    “Living Hope” marks Wickham’s first song from his forthcoming collection of new music expected to release later this year.

    Essential Worship's Late Night Session


    House band for EC18


    LU Praise is a group of dynamic musicians dedicated to glorifying God through testimony, song, and worship. Members come to Liberty University from across the United States and the Caribbean as a community of worshipers dedicated to spreading the Gospel through music.


    Over the past several years, LU Praise has traveled throughout the nation singing in churches and special events. In February 2017, the team was invited to sing during the National Prayer Service, part of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Also in the spring of 2017, LU praise was invited by the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) to perform in their National Conference in Minneapolis, MN. This past November, the team traveled to China to represent the United States as part of the Hainan Festival. This opportunity to share the Gospel through music in China was amazing, and we saw God work in powerful ways!


    LU Praise is a multi-ethnic gospel choir devoted to leading God’s people in genuine, heartfelt worship. The team uses ethnic and musical diversity to facilitate the proclamation of the Gospel through song, the Word of God, testimony, and service. It is our privilege to partner with you for an uplifting time of praise and worship!


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    Essential Worship's Late Night Session


    with Brian & Jenn Johnson

    Brian & Jenn Johnson are co-founders of Bethel Music, WorshipU, and have been integral in the production of over fifteen albums that have influenced the culture of worship across the global church. They are committed to raising healthy family, cultivating community, and fostering unity among worship leaders from around the world. Brian & Jenn’s newest solo album, “After All These Years” released in late January 2017.

    Brian facilitates an atmosphere of faith in worship and has written anthems such as “Have it All”, “We Will Not Be Shaken” and “One Thing Remains,” which was awarded #1 song for ASCAP Christian Music and #1 Radio Single in 2013. Known for her powerful vocals and unique prophetic sound, Jenn has authored songs such as, “In Over My Head”, “Come To Me”, “God I Look to You” and “O Taste and See”.

    Together they are passionate about raising up worshippers who take hold of their true identity and pursue intimacy with God above all else. There are advocates of living a lifestyle built on vulnerability, faithfulness, and connection to community. Brian and Jenn reside in Redding, California, with their four wonderful children, Haley, Téa, Braden, and Ryder Moses. They continue to speak and lead worship at home and around the world.

2018 Speakers


    Carlos Whittaker is a People's Choice Award winner, a former recording artist signed to a major label, a social media maven, and currently spends the majority of his time writing books and speaking on stages around the world. It really began when the Whittaker's found their family in America's spotlight with appearances on shows like CBS Early Morning, The Today Show and more when their viral video "Single Ladies Devastation" went viral. 

    The release of Moment Maker marked Carlos' debut as an author, but his current book, Kill the Spider, has taken Carlos' tribe into the deeper parts of their souls. In his newest book Carlos helps people identify, locate, corner, and kill the spiders that are plaguing their lives. "My dad once told me that I must stop cleaning to cobwebs in my life and kill the spider", Carlos recalls. "This was a massive shift in my soul that began my journey towards being truly centered in my life."

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    Emily serves as the Director of Experience Collective in South Africa. The new Johannesburg Conference launched in November 2017 and is also expanding to Durban, South Africa and Harare, Zimbabwe in 2018.

    She is passionate about what God is doing through the Church on a global scale and loves seeing worshipers connected, equipped, and empowered to advance the kingdom of God. She lives in Dallas, Texas and has been part of the worship team at Gateway Church for 6 years.


    Scot is the Sr Pastor of Maryland Community Church, one of the top 100 fastest growing churches in the US (Outreach Magazine).  In addition, he is an author, has a teaching ministry (conferences and events), and produces a daily radio show called Scot’s Daily Word.  He also serves as the Pastor for the Experience Conference. Since 1991 he has been involved in full-time ministry and has served in different roles including youth, media, worship, teaching, and Sr Leadership.  He feels blessed to  be involved with foreign missions, teaching in several parts of the world including Europe with the Billy Graham Association and in East Africa with the Pastor’s Discipleship Network...

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    Shawn Johnson serves as Lead Pastor of Red Rocks Church. He is passionate about seeing the people of Denver transformed by the Word of God and making heaven more crowded! 

    Shawn is the author of Transit, a book dedicated to taking people closer to God. In it he shares his personal journey in growing closer to God, uncovers disciplines that were critical to that journey, and invites each of us to ignite an authentic relationship with God. He and his wife Jill have three active sons—Ethan, Austin, and Ashton—so when they’re not at church, they’re usually at a sports game!


    Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. 

    He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013)LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011)Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007).

    Glenn was also one of the founding leaders and songwriters for the Desperation Band and has been featured on several Desperation Band and NewLifeWorship recordings. As a signed writer with Integrity Music, he has had the honor of writing and co-writing several well-loved worship songs, like "Your Name" and "My Savior Lives."...

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    As an experienced keynote speaker and emcee, Michele has spoken internationally in diverse venues LifeToday TV, Compassion International, Women of Faith, Focus on the Family, Proverbs 31, Dynamic Communicators International, women’s and writer’s conferences, corporate and ministry events as well as numerous podcast, radio, video and audio recording projects. From 2014 through 2016, she joined Michael Hyatt as the weekly cohost of his popular This is Your Life podcast. In addition, she and Michael produced Get Published, a 21-session audio program for aspiring writers...

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