Tiago Arrais currently studies Old Testament Theology at the Andrews University Theological Seminary. He is also a worship, songwriter, and recording artist in his country of origin, Brazil. Tiago is the husband of Paula and the father of Benjamin. Together they look forward to finishing school and returning to Brazil where Tiago will continue his ministry.
Joni Bishop Joni is a National Presenter with Logos Bible software and presently serves in Worship Ministry at Freedom Church, a thriving and diverse inner-city church in East Chicago, IN. Her goal is to reflect Jesus, share the Gospel, and help others deepen their faith and relationship with the Lord. She lives in Valparaiso, IN with her husband and three children.
Alison Brook is first and foremost committed to the Gospel. Her wide range and eclectic musical taste contribute to her very unique folk/pop guitar-based sound. Her melodies are sweet and her lyrics are loaded. Alison's debut album, No Words, captures the singer’s energetic soprano without compromising its elegance. On this musical journey, she sings her way through struggle and victory alike, always returning to the love that is beyond even the album’s poetic words. Alison’s sophomore project was quickly conceived after No Words as she chronicled her life experiences through song. When her Kickstarter campaign exceeded its goal, she knew others anticipated the album as much as she did. Working with Philadelphia-based Delon Lawrence to record the album’s eleven tracks, she went for an “urban-folk” sound, providing cameos for spoken word artist Lee G. Due out in early 2014, the album promises to showcase the best of Alison’s pen and voice.
Andres Flores holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from Montemorelos University in Mexico. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Before coming to Andrews he had the privilege of serving in a multicultural church in Provo, Utah, where he learned how to lead worship in a diverse setting. Andres has also been a youth pastor, and he enjoys facilitating worship experiences for young people in which their lives are transformed by the grace of God. Currently, he is the pastor of the Epic Church in Chicago. Epic focuses on discipleship with senior youth and young adults while engaging them in creative ways with the story of the Gospel. For Andres, worship is a great passion because he believes that it is an important gateway to help new believers to connect with God and with our church. To learn more about Andres' ministry, visit www.epicwiredsda.com.
Scott Kabel enjoys telling stories with songs. And he prefers that his songs spark conversation. Scott has been writing songs since elementary school; they are clear waypoints in his journey of development, not only as a musician, but as a Christian learning to grapple with his own humanity and purpose. He offers conversational melodies and folk and finger-style guitar to dialog with the listener about topics like the human condition, value, vulnerability, love, sacrifice, and hope in Christ. Scott only hopes that his songs and presentation will challenge the listener to be honest with themselves and to look to Jesus to overcome.
John Lindstedt has worked for 33 years in the Audio/Visual installation and consulting business. During this time period he has been published in multiple trade magazines and technical support books and installed audio/visual systems in over 400 churches nationwide.
A resident of Niles, Michigan, he has worked on a number of local installations, including systems at the Ross-Ade Stadium-Purdue University, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart-University of Notre Dame, and the Howard Performing Arts Center-Andrews University. Additionally, he has worked as a sound engineer for the following national performers: Journey, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Aerosmith, Cher, John Mellencamp, Lee Greenwood, Creed, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith.
Kenneth Logan, Professor of Music at Andrews University, teaches organ studies, church music, and music composition and technology. He also serves as Minister of Music/Organist of Pioneer Memorial Church. He previously taught at Canadian Union (University) College (1993-1996), and Walla Walla (University) College (1991-1993) where he also served as Minister of Music/Organist of the Walla Walla College Church. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree with honors in organ performance from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1992). He cultivates a keen interest in the creative use of free and hymn-based organ improvisation to unify and invigorate the worship service.
Marguerite M. Samuel is a co-director of Journey Ministries, a volunteer ensemble at Andrews University that specializes in negro spirituals and similar styles of choral music. She has directed this group from its inception in 2003 and for nearly 6 out of 10 years of its existence. She received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education (emphasis in voice) in 2006 and is currently concluding her Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Andrews University. At Great Lakes Adventist Academy, Marguerite taught voice lessons and directed the large choir and the select touring group, Chamber Singers, from 2006-2011. She also pioneered Encore! Strings, a string ensemble, in 2010. In addition, her love for music and the Lord is expressed through her singing ministry with her husband and in various choral ensembles at Andrews University. Marguerite sees music as inseparable from worship and as a gift God has given for us to utilize not only in communing with Him but in fellowshipping with one another. She can be found experiencing her love for music with her little son, Noah and husband, Leslie Samuel, and enjoying the fellowship of others.
Howard D. Vanderwell is a recently retired Christian Reformed Church pastor after serving congregations for 40 years in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan. At Calvin Theological Seminary, his responsibilities include teaching courses in the Introduction to Christian Worship, The Doctrine of Christ and Services of the Christian Year, and Planning and Leading Congregational Worship. Howard is able to speak on numerous issues related to worship, and has done so at various retreats and churches. Howard’s interests include planning, leading and evaluating worship, series preaching, and worship renewal throughout the evangelical church.
Howard is married to Eleanor, and they have three married sons, and ten grandchildren from ages 5 through 19. His hobbies are yard-gardening, walking, photography and model railroading.
Steve Yeagley is the Associate Dean for Student Life and Director of Co-Curricular Education at Andrews University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Youth Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. As an ordained pastor, Steve has worked with youth and young adults for over 20 years in pastoral and educational settings. His interest in the relationship between faith and culture is shared each year in the course Youth and Young Adults in Contemporary Culture.
Benjamin Zork is an experienced drummer and percussionist, who has performed and played for worship bands at numerous events throughout the United States and Europe.
He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Andrews University. He is currently based out of Traverse City, Michigan, where he works as a principal and teacher at the Grayling Seventh-day Adventist Elementary School.
Stephen Zork, Associate Professor of Music, has served as Director of Choral Studies at Andrews University since 1991. He holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to his conducting responsibilities with the five Andrews University Department of Music choirs, he maintains a studio of choral conducting students and oversees the graduate choral conducting degree. The University Singers under his direction tour internationally and throughout the United States.
In addition, Mr. Zork maintains a parallel schedule conducting choral festivals and lecture workshops in academic settings and in church ministries. As a member of Southwest Michigan's Council for the Christian Arts from 1997 to 2002, Mr. Zork was conductor of the Christian Arts Chorale. He was an adjunct faculty at Indiana University serving as primary conductor of the South Bend Symphonic Choir from 2003 to 2008. He is in his 20th year as Director of Music for the First Congregational Church UCC in St. Joseph, Michigan.