Jorge Lockward (Workshop Leader; Director, Manos Indocumentadas) served for many years as Director of the Global Praise Program of the General Board of Global Ministries where he edited several resources on global music and worship. As part of that work he developed innovative ways to plan and engage worship that responds to the opportunities and challenges of today’s world while engaging the depth of Christian tradition in its multiple global manifestations. Jorge has coordinated the worship life of many national and international gatherings, including the 21st World Methodist Conference (2016) and the 2018 World Mission Conference in Arusha, Tanzania. A respected teacher and workshop leader, Jorge has lectured at many Theological Schools and worship conferences. He currently lives in New York City where he serves as Minister of Worship Arts at The Church of the Village.
Carolyn Helsel (Workshop Leader) The Rev. Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel is author of Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism, and Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders, both published by Chalice Press in 2018. Together, both books received the 2018 Book(s) of the Year Award from the Association of Parish Clergy. Helsel weaves together stories, biblical texts, theologies of sin, and racial identity development to help preachers and lay people recognize racism and commit to the long-term work of anti-racism. Helsel is Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Paul Roberts (Worship Leader, Plenary Speaker) is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. Under Paul’s leadership, JCSTS is reinventing itself and has gained prominence in the national conversation about new models of theological education. Paul preaches and teaches nationally. He is a contributing writer to Pastoral Care: A Case Study Approach by Orbis Books in 1996, Feasting on the Gospels by Westminster/John Knox Press released in 2013, and he writes consistently for the Presbyterian Outlook Magazine. Paul is a consultant with the Louisville Institute. He serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Foundation (PCUSA) and the Macedonian Ministry Inc. of Atlanta. He is the recipient of the 2016 Devoted Service Award from Louisville Theological Seminary.
Kimberly Bracken Long (Worship Leader, Workshop Leader, Plenary Speaker) is editor of the quarterly journal Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching, and the Arts and co-editor of the 2018 Book of Common Worship of the Presbyterian Church (USA). A minister of Word and Sacrament in the PC(USA), she served as a professor of worship at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia from 2007-2017. Prior to that, Long served as Associate for Worship for the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as pastor of congregations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Her books include From This Day Forward: Rethinking the Christian Wedding; The Worshiping Body: The Art of Leading Worship; and The Eucharistic Theology of the American Holy Fairs. She is also editor of the Feasting on the Word Worship Companion, a six-volume lectionary-based liturgical resource and, with David Maxwell, Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook.
Margaret Aymer (Preacher) serves as D. Thomason Professor of New Testament at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and as a minister at First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport. In addition to preaching and teaching, she is the co-editor of The Fortress Commentary on the New Testament, and Islands, Islanders and the Bible, and is the author of James: Diaspora Rhetorics of a Friend of God and First Pure, Then Peaceable: Frederick Douglass Reads James. She is currently working on an introduction to the General Epistles for Abingdon Press and co-editing two volumes on the Bible and poverty with Matthew Coomber. She is happily married to Dr. Laurent Oget and the proud mom of a kindergartner.
Eric Wall (Worship Leader, Workshop Leader) is assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel, at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Since 1998, he has been director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to this position, he was director of music at the Ashville School (1994-1998). He has served as the Conference Center Musician at Montreat Conference Center since 2011.
Wall is a frequent contributor to Call to Worship. He regularly serves the larger church by providing music and planning leadership for a variety of conferences and gatherings and by serving as a music and worship consultant for other Presbyterian churches. He is the President-Elect of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Tony McNeill (Worship Leader, Workshop Leader) affectionately known as “Dr. T.,” is a sought-after workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor, and guest choral conductor throughout the country. He currently serves as Interim Choral Director at Texas Southern University (TSU). Prior to coming to TSU in 2017, Dr. McNeill served almost five years as the Director of Worship and the Arts at Atlanta’s Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, “America’s Freedom Church.” In addition to his work at TSU, Dr. McNeill is a member of the staff of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, based in Atlanta, where he serves as Program Director for the JCSTS Certificate in Worship Leadership. Dr. McNeill also renders his gifts as a Visiting Artist at the Park Avenue Christian Church of New York City.
Josh Blaine (Worship Leader, Workshop Leader) - Josh’s work as a community song leader began as an inquiry into the state of protest songs after the 2016 election, which sent him out on the road to interview dozens of musicians and song leaders for a project called “Finding Our Voice.” Since his return in the fall of 2017, he’s been leading regular community sings in the Texas State Capitol rotunda and other public spaces around Austin to build community and resilience through song. He’s also a regular song leader and organizer at rallies, meetings and marches for various organizations and social justice movements including IfNotNow and the Poor People’s Campaign.
Jennifer Lord (Plenary Speaker) is The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She joined the faculty in 2005. Previously she was assistant professor of Preaching and Worship and Dean of the Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary and served pastorates in Nebraska and Upstate New York. She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1990 in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Her work focuses on liturgical theology informing preaching, presiding/worship leadership, spirituality, and renewal of Sunday worship practices. In addition, and in relation to these liturgical foci, she researches and presents on Pilgrimage, Liminality studies, and Women’s voice in preaching and liturgical leadership.
David VanderMeer (Reading Session) is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Practical Theology (worship concentration). David has conducted and taught at numerous local, area, and national handbell seminars and festivals. He has been conference director and faculty for several Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship & Music Conferences in Texas, New Mexico, and Montreat, NC. David served on the National Board of Directors of Handbell Musicians of America from 2003-2008, and is the President of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians.
Phillip Morgan (Workshop Leader) serves as Director of Music at Central Presbyterian Church in Louisville, KY. Phillip has had the privilege of leading the choir at the 2016 Presbyterian Youth Triennium, serving on the faculty for previous PAM Music & Worship Conferences at Montreat, and is delighted to be a member of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Executive Board. Phillip is also an accompanist for the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and also works as a pianist and music director for various choruses and community musical organizations.