Wayne Bucknor is associate professor of piano, a position he has held since 1998. He is also an active songwriter and accomplished a feat of composing a song a day for the 2016 calendar year.
Bucknor was born in Queens, New York, and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from Oakwood College in 1994 with a BA in Music and a BS in Computer Science. Bucknor completed a Master of Music Ed. at Alabama A & M University in 1998 and a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Al- abama in Tuscaloosa in 2008.
Bucknor is a concert pianist and has had the opportunity to perform the Beethoven 3rd piano concerto with members of the Huntsville, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. symphony orchestras. He is also a songwriter, producer, and arranger for soloists and groups, including Virtue (I Must Tell Jesus, Angels Watching Over Me, Till You Believe (piano), the Madison Mission Mass Choir (Great and Marvelous, Open Praise, Lord We Have Come, etc.), Ann McCrary, Duawne Starling, Darwin Hobbs(God Restores) and others who have included his work for them on their recordings. In September and Oc- tober 2006, he toured in Japan with the nationally known Grammy award-winning group Take 6, where he substituted for the ensemble's baritone Cedric Dent. He substituted for Khristian Dentley for a Take 6 Christmas tour in December 2015. In December 2013, he served as music director, orchestrator, and arranger for the Michael Card and Phil Keaggy Christmas Tour. He is also an accompanist for the choral group The Aeolians of Oakwood University, who were awarded the distinction of Choir of the World in 2017.
Bucknor completed a CD album entitled 40 Years: God Is Good. The songs were all written, arranged, and produced by Bucknor and includes a couple of piano solos, and original gospel songs featuring Duawne Starling, Tamara Bodie, Committed, Sherice Tomlin, Carmen Hope Thomas, Milton Doggette, Jamel Strong, Robbie Pressley, Theron Thomas, Bryan Cordell, Kevin & Shavonne Sampson, and the Bucknor Kids. He is a published writer through GIA publications and self-publishes through his company, Bucknor Publishing. Bucknor is married to Carmen Byars. They have three children, Nina, Wayne II, and Cameryn.
Gerardo Martí is L. Richardson King Professor and Chair of Sociology at Davidson College. Prof. Martí is author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and books, including: A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church (Indiana University Press, 2005), Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity, and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church (Rutgers University Press, 2008), Worship across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and the Multiracial Congregation (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Latino Protestants in America: Growing and Diverse (with Mark T. Mulder and Aida I. Ramos, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017). Active in several research partnerships, he co-directs the LPC Project funded by Lilly Endowment to draw attention to Latino Protestant Congregations in the United States and is current Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.
Elia King is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, father, and all-around double-ended candle burner, who has been leading music in worship settings around the world for nearly three decades. When he is not behind the screen printing press at his family’s most recent business venture, Trail Ridge Printing, he leads worship on an almost-weekly basis at their home church in Boulder, Colorado. He also curates Chapels & Cathedrals, a global worship collective based in the front range of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. In a variety of settings and outlets, he is driven by the pursuit of helping friends, colleagues, and clients share stories that matter, and that we all have an important role to play in a bigger, better story.
Elia graduated with a BA in Religion from Andrews University in 2004.
He and his wife, Dena, live in Estes Park, Colorado, with their two kids, Ellie and Anderson.
Adriana Perera is the Chair of the Department of Music at Andrews University, where she also serves as an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina, where she is a D.M.A. candidate in Music Composition. She is a prolific composer, pianist, and recording artist.
Adriana has been a Music and Worship professor at Seminario Adventista de Sagunto, Spain, Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, and Oakwood University, Alabama, where she also served as a Music Theory and Composition Associate Professor for 11 years. As a lecturer on Music and Worship, she has toured Europe, South America, Central America, Canada and the United States, giving conferences and workshops on the topic. Some of her sacred pieces are included in "Bienvenidos a adorar", the SDA Hymnal Book, and "Louvor e Adoraçao", the Portuguese Youth Hymnal Book.
She has published several articles and two books on the topic of music and worship: “En espíritu y en verdad” (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2013); and “More than Music: Worship” (Biblio Publishing, 2017). Her research interests include the African American music legacy and its influence on contemporary choral works.
Adriana is married to Francisco Burgos, a Spanish and Literature Professor. They have two children: Laia, who plays the violin and Marcos, who plays drums and guitar.
Dr. Hyveth Williams, serves as Professor and Director of Homiletics as well as Interim Seminary Chaplain at The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (SDATS), Andrews University, Michigan. She is also a Pastor and prolific author who is the first female Senior Pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. On May 1, 2016, she was recognized by Andrews University with the annual JN Andrews award for excellence in teaching. she was recognized with the J.N. Andrews Medallion, the highest university award. In March, 2017, she was the first Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary female professor to receive the Daniel Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award.
Prior to her 2009 appointment as Professor, she served as an Adjunct Professor of Religion on the Loma Linda Faculty of Religion and the SDATS. For almost fourteen years, she served as the Senior Pastor of Campus Hill Church in Loma Linda, California, eight years at Boston Temple, Massachusetts; three years as Associate Pastor at Sligo Church, Takoma Park, Maryland, and three years as pastoral intern at All Nations Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan. On February 16, 2013, she established a community church plant, The Grace Place, in South Bend, Indiana, where many from the surrounding community now number more than the weekly Adventist attendees.
Dr. Williams is a graduate of Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) with a Bachelor of Arts on Theology (1984), a Master of Divinity degree from SDATS (1989), and a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University School of Theology (1998). She holds the distinction of being the first non-Episcopalian to receive the prestigious Fellowship from the College of Preachers, National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
Dr. Williams is the author of several books four as solo author including: Will I Ever Learn?: One Woman’s Life of Miracles and Ministry; Anticipation: Waiting on Tiptoes for the Lord; Secrets of a Happy Heart: A Fresh Look at the Sermon on the Mount and Nothing But The Best: A Guide to Powerful Preaching published in February this year. She co-authored The Celt and The Christ: A Fresh Look at the Book of Galatians, with Dr. Dorothy Minchin Comm. Chapters written by Dr. Williams in other volumes and articles in numerous magazines are part of her prolific publications as well as a monthly column for the Adventist Review.
Dr. Williams’ influence is profoundly felt around the world by countless participants in her ground-breaking counseling and internationally applauded television series, A Painted World: Portraits of Illusion and Reality. Her conversion story and spiritual journey is televised regularly on Trinity Broadcasting Network and Hope Channel Television. Dr. Williams appreciates every opportunity to share the Gospel and approaches her role as teacher, preacher and counselor as a sacred trust.
Steve Yeagley is the Assistant Vice President for Campus and Student Life and Director of Co-Curricular Education at Andrews University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. As a pastor, Steve has worked with youth and young adults for nearly 30 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.
Nicholas Zork is a singer-songwriter, composer, liturgical musician, guitarist and lecturer on topics in theology, worship and the arts. He leads worship, teaches, and performs at conferences and music venues around the United States and abroad. Nicholas serves as director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference, which he helped found in 2004. He is the editor of Best Practices for Adventist Worship, an email newsletter published by the North American Division. And he is the minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan.
Nicholas received a BA in Music and Religion from Andrews University in 2003 and an MA in Theology with a concentration in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2009. He is currently a PhD Candidate in Theology with a concentration in Worship and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys playing soccer and discovering new restaurants (and he hopes these two activities will offset one another).
Stephen Zork, 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 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 and presenting and performing at International Music Festivals and at conferences of the America Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). Selected from over 12 recorded albums of sacred vocal and choral music, his music is played on numerous nationally syndicated radio programs including “Sing for Joy” 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 22nd year as Director of Music for the First Congregational Church UCC in St. Joseph, Michigan.