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The Worship Initiative Writers

Shane Everett

@shaneandshane
Shane is a worship leader, songwriter and co-founder of The Worship Initiative, and is a worship director at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. He desires to see people learn and grow in the knowledge of God and in their craft to help strengthen their lives and ministries in the local church.

Marshall Segal

@marshallsegal
Marshall Segal is a writer and managing editor at desiringGod.org.  He’s the author of Not Yet Married: The Pursuit of Joy in Singleness & Dating (2017).  He graduated from Bethlehem College & Seminary.  He and his wife, Faye, have a son and live in Minneapolis.

Jonathan Parnell

@jonathanparnell
Jonathan Parnell is the lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis–St. Paul, where he lives with his wife, Melissa, and their seven children.  He is the author of Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness.

Karli Venable

@venablefour

Karli and her husband serve on the executive team of the Antioch Center for Training and Sending (ACTS), a missions organization that trains and sends young pioneering leaders committed to extravagant worship and making disciples among unreached people groups in the 10/40 window. She has served in ministry for over 20 years, and her heart is to see the Church come alive with the beauty and worth of Jesus Christ. Karli and Stephen, and their two little boys, live in Colorado Springs.


Jeff Mathena

@unhinderedvoice
Jeff is the founder and lead vocal coach at The Unhindered Voice, a vocal studio dedicated to helping people sing the way God intended–which offers private lessons, master classes, and worship team workshops. He is also a worship leader and songwriter currently located in Dallas, Texas.

Michael Armstrong

Michael is the co-founder and former worship leader at The Well Church in Argyle, TX. He has recorded a dozen albums and has lead worship at Breakaway Texas A&M, METRO Dallas, and for the Song of Solomon Conferences with Tommy Nelson.

Jimmy Needham

@jimmyneedham
Jimmy is a singer/songwriter, contributor for desiringGod.org, and the worship director at Stonegate Church in Midlothian, TX. He serves the church, equipping and developing worship leaders to hone their craft and know their God. Learn more at jimmyneedham.com.

John Elmore

@johnaelmore
John serves as the Men’s Director of re:generation recovery at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor University and holds a Master’s in Ministry from John Brown University and a Master’s in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Laura and their two children live in Dallas, TX.

Jonathan "JP" Pokluda

@jpokluda
Jonathan “JP” Pokluda is the lead pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, TX. His passion is to share the gospel with anyone who will listen and equip others to do the same. He also feels called to challenge Christians to multiply their faith by discipling others. He and his wife, Monica, have three children.

Ryan Kennedy

@ryankennedyband
Ryan Kennedy is an internationally touring Christian artist and worship leader with People & Songs. When not on the road, Ryan serves as a resident artist at the People & Songs Headquarters in La Porte, Indiana. To find out more about Ryan & his ministry, check out ryankennedyofficial.com.

David Mathis

@davidcmathis
David Mathis is executive editor for desiringGod.org and pastor at Cities Church in Minneapolis.  He is a husband, father of four, and author of Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines.

Greg Morse

Greg Morse is a content strategist for desiringGod.org and graduate of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He and his wife, Abigail, live in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Stephen Venable

@stephenvenable

Stephen serves on the executive team of the Antioch Center for Training and Sending (ACTS), a missions organization that trains and sends young pioneering leaders committed to extravagant worship and making disciples among unreached people groups in the 10/40 window. His passion is to see the knowledge of the glory of Jesus fill the earth through frontier missions. Stephen and Karli, and their two little boys, live in Colorado Springs.

Shane Barnard

@shanebarnard
Shane is the husband to Beth Barnard and the father to their four daughters.  He is a worship leader, songwriter, and co-founder of The Worship Initiative.  His heart is to disciple and train people in their craft and in the Word so that they may reach others for the Gospel. He also serves as a worship director at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX.

Scott Hubbard

Scott Hubbard is a graduate of Bethlehem College & Seminary and an editor for desiringGod.org. He and his wife, Bethany, live in Minneapolis.

Bethany Barnard

@bethanybarnard
Bethany is the wife of Shane Barnard (Shane & Shane) and mom to their four daughters. She is also a singer/songwriter and worship leader in Dallas, TX. She has a heart to minister to the church through song. Learn more at bethanybarnard.com.

David Marvin

Aside from being called servant of Christ, David would say his greatest title is "Calli’s husband".  Calli is his wife, ministry partner, and daily example of godly living.  David has the privilege of serving at "The Porch", the Young Adults ministry at Watermark Community Church, in Dallas.  He loves this age group, and he believes it is crucial in its influence, and limitless in its potential impact.

Sean Carter

@scartermusic
Sean is a leader in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex. As a worshipper, he has an unquenchable love for the Church. He is a uniter of hearts and has been very successful in founding and building a community of local worship leaders that is now over 400 members strong through the DFW Worship Leaders Network. Sean is involved with Dallas Art House, is a part of the People & Songs community, and is a teacher/coach for The Emerging Sound, a summer intensive for youth. He, his wife Christi, and daughter Vail, reside in Rockwall, TX.

Adam Westlake

Adam is a Content Creator and Guitar Coach at The Worship Initiative. He holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves in the Worship and Counseling ministries of Northway Church in Dallas, Texas.

Caroline Cobb

@carocobbmusic
Caroline is a singer-songwriter and worship leader particularly interested in telling the stories of scripture through her music. Her album the "Blood + the Breath" traces the biblical story of redemption, with each song parachuting into a different scene from scripture. Her newest album "A Home & A Hunger: Songs of Kingdom Hope" is available now. She and her husband Nick live in Dallas, TX with their three kids. Learn more at carolinecobb.com.

Jayme Thompson

@jaymethompson
Jayme is a publisher, consultant, and a conference co-coordinator. She directs the Linger Conference and oversees Dallas-based WellHouse Entertainment as well as analyzemysong.com. Among other ventures she is a managing partner alongside Christian artists, Shane & Shane and she owns two small publishing companies. Jayme regularly teaches, judges, and critiques at conferences and events.

Jennie Lee Riddle

@jennieleeriddle
Jennie is a certified gold, multi dove award winning, top CCLI song-writer best known for authoring "Revelation Song." At heart, she is a community builder. She has used her platform and resources to found and lead movements like People & Songs, The Emerging Sound, GodSpotNow, and GMA Immerse ReViewYou. The passion of her heart, evidenced by her work, is a devotion to strengthening the Church. She uses the tool of music to train servants, encourage unity of the brethren, and enable bible literacy. Jennie and her best friend, Darrin Riddle married in 1988 and together have four adult children and reside at the People & Songs headquarters in La Porte, IN.

Logan Walter

From 2003 to 2012, Logan led at home churches in Waco [UBC '03-07], Richardson [The Heights '07-11], and Austin [Austin Ridge 2012], while maintaining an itinerant ministry as the worship leader and songwriter for the band, Dutton.

At the end of 2012, Dutton disbanded and Logan began serving on staff at the Austin Stone Community Church, where he led worship for the next five years. In October 2018, the Lord led Logan and his family to Frisco, TX, where Logan now serves as director of worship at Providence Church.

Dinah Wright

Dinah Wright is a Production Coordinator at Igniter Media and one of many musicians partnering with the Worship Initiative. She has been leading worship for several years, and currently serves with the Regeneration Recovery and Worship ministries at LakePointe White Rock alongside her husband, Ethan.

Ryan DeLange

Ryan is a worship pastor at Bayou City Fellowship in Houston, Texas. He serves there as a worship leader, pastor, and songwriter.