Artists & Speakers


EC19  |  Artists


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    Word Worship Music recording artist, Meredith Andrews, is passionate about writing and leading songs that keep people's hearts and minds set on Jesus. Over the course of her four Word Worship albums, the Dove Award-winning artist has been using her musical gifts, love for God, and her huge heart for His people - to teach and remind us all about the enormity of our awesome and loving Savior. Andrews, who previously was on staff at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago now leads regularly at The Belonging CO, her home church here in Nashville. As a gifted songwriter and recording artist, she has been a part of multiple songs sung by churches across America such as “Open Up The Heavens”, “Lamb of God”, “Not For A Moment”, and “Spirit of the Living God”. Andrews often leads worship at major women’s and/or worship leader conferences across the U.S., and has toured with Matt Maher, Natalie Grant, Big Daddy Weave, Vertical Church, Phil Wickham, and Michael W. Smith, among others. 

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    We’re pleased to bring back multi Grammy and Dove Award winning songwriter/artist and producer Jason Ingram as co-host to Essential Worship’s Late Night Session.  “You Say” co-written by Jason Ingram with Lauren Daigle/Paul Mabury and recorded by Lauren Daigle has taken the world by storm in recent months winning the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song, as well as being recognized at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards for Best Christian Song. Most recently, Jason co-wrote and produced on Amanda Cook’s newest project “House on a Hill” including the single “Still,” as well as co-writing “Goodness of God” and “Promises Never Fail” on Bethel Music’s Victory project.


    Starting out as the worship team for Bayside Church based in Sacramento, California, Thrive Worship has quickly grown into a sprawling eight-campus worship family whose songs and weekly Sunday night worship services are transforming their northern California community. As a growing and evolving group of diverse singers and musicians, Thrive Worship is writing songs for the church that sing of a hope for the future and love for the Savior.


    Leeland, comprised of founding frontman Leeland Mooring and fellow singer/songwriter and worship leader Casey Moore, came to the forefront of the worship music world in 2004 and debuted their first project, the revolutionary Sound of Melodies, in 2006. Now with four GRAMMY® nominations and eight GMA Dove Award® nominations under their belts, Leeland has become one of the most important voices in a new generation of worship music. Their lives, ministry, and music are a true extension of their passion to simply worship God personally and in community. Leeland will release their first full-length live album, Better Word, in partnership with Integrity Music on September 13, 2019. For the latest information on Leeland, please visit their social media pages or


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    GATEWAY is the collective of voices and songs from Gateway Church, which has grown to be one of the largest and most influential churches in North America. Birthed by Pastor Robert Morris as a Presence-driven, Word-centered environment, Gateway’s songs, powerful messages, artists and resources continue to impact people and congregations around the world. Gateway’s latest live recording, Greater Than, released in both English and Spanish, includes such songs as “Greater Than,” “Open the Heavens,” “Stand in Your Love” and “Deliverance,” which have already become powerful corporate declarations of faith, hope and revival.


    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.


    Each year, the team travels throughout the nation singing in churches and special events. In February 2017, LU Praise was invited to sing during the National Prayer Service, part of the 58th Presidential Inauguration. Recently, the team performed during the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) National Conference, Hainan Music Festival in China, and in Washington D.C. for the annual event,Carols in the Capitol.


    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. 


    Red Street Records artist, AVALON, has been inspiring lives around the globe for years. When you hear the name AVALON, you may think of one or more of their number one hits like: "Adonai," "Can't Live a Day" or "Testify to Love" – just to name a few. However, there is much more to this dynamic vocal foursome than meets the eye.


    The collective desire of every member is to deliver a message of hope and ultimate love, freely offered from Jesus Christ, and to blatantly declare their devotion to Him through the words of every song they sing. This three time Grammy Nominated, American Music Award and Dove Award winning Christian artist is composed of Greg and Janna Long, Jody McBrayer, and Dani Rocca.

    Their latest release, “Keeper Of My Heart,” from their forthcoming project, Called, is already making a strong impact among listeners at radio.


    Andrew Stanley is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian and homeschooled preacher’s kid who isn’t afraid of bringing his deeply rooted insecurities to the stage. Okay, maybe he’s afraid, but he’s doing it anyway. His observational style and dry sense of humor have pleased audiences across the United States and internationally. Andrew regularly performs at comedy clubs, festivals, churches, conferences, fundraisers, corporate events, breweries, Uber pools...  He was named the grand prize winner of The 2017 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant. He was also selected to participate in the 2018 and 2019 Laughing Skull Comedy Festivals. Andrew’s parents are still alive so he works clean.


    For almost three decades, John has been filling rooms with the sound of laughter, to the glory of God.  He has the privilege of working with dozens of talented Christian speakers/leaders, including Ken Davis, Tim Hawkins, Chonda Pierce, and Michael W. Smith. John lives in Indiana with his wife, Lori, and their four adult children and seven grandchildren (and counting).

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.


    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.


    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).