We’re extremely excited about our 2017 leadership, all of whom bring a wealth of experience and talent to work and worship with us at Lake Junaluska!

Leadership:
Worship | Adult & Youth Choral | Instrumental & Handbells | Dance, Drama & Art | Children

Worship

Jody SeymourJody Seymour
Preacher

Recently retired after serving seven churches in the Western North Carolina Conference, Jody is the author of five books, including The Christian Skeptic: Caught Between Belief and Doubt (2015). He is also a certified instructor in Enneagram, a personality system often used in spiritual direction.

Mary ScifresMary Scifres
Worship Leader

A United Methodist pastor in the California-Pacific Annual Conference and a long-time Fellowship member, Mary works as a consultant, motivational speaker, teacher, and author in creative worship, leadership, change management, and cultural shifts.

Isaac GaffIsaac Gaff
Worship Musician

Isaac is the Managing Director of Worship and Creative Arts at Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal, IL and an adjunct professor at Lincoln Christian University. He loves to combine art, liturgy, theology, and spiritual formation in the context of worship to nurture, equip, and grow the Body of Christ for service in the world.

Eileen GuentherEileen Guenther
Organist

Eileen is the Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary, where she teaches music and worship courses and is Director of Chapel Music. She has served three terms as president of the American Guild of Organists and her organ recital performances have taken her across the country as well as to Europe, Asia, and South America.

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Choral (Adult & Youth)

Kevin RiehleKevin Riehle
Chamber Choir

Kevin serves as the Director of Choral Activities and Chair of Fine Arts for James E. Taylor High School in the Katy Independent School District in Katy, TX. He is also the Director of the Parish Choir of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church and Founding Director and former Artistic Director of Cantare Houston, a professional chamber choir.

Eric NelsonEric Nelson
Adult Choir

Eric is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Emory University, where he conducts the Concert Choir and the University Chorus. He is also the Artistic Director of the Atlanta Master Chorale. Eric has conducted choirs at seven American Choral Directors Association conventions.

Mark MillerMark Miller
Young Adult Choir

Mark Miller serves as Associate Professor of Church Music at Drew Theological School and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, NJ. Mark’s dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.

Tracy DePueTracy DePue
Senior High Choir

Tracy is the Director of Music, Worship & The Arts at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock, AR. Previously, she spent 19 years at Grace Presbyterian Church in Plano, TX, where the youth choir led in worship each week and toured annually throughout the United States. She has served as youth choir clinician at a number of national and regional conferences and events.

James WellsJames Wells

Middle High Choir

James is the Director of Choral Ministries at Brentwood United Methodist Church in Brentwood, TN. He is the co-director of the Nashville Children’s Choir at Belmont University, where he has been adjunct faculty since 2009. A familiar face at Music & Worship Arts Week, he has been our DRUM program clinician numerous years since 2008 and a children’s choir clinician in 2007.

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Instrumental & Handbells

Julie TurnerJulie Turner

Intermediate II Handbells

Julie has been the handbell director at Andrew Price Memorial United Methodist Church in Nashville, TN, since 1998. She is a ringing member, associate conductor and serves on the board of directors of the Music City Bronze, Nashville’s advanced community handbell ensemble. She has published more than 30 handbell arrangements.

Jason KrugJason Krug
Intermediate I Handbells

Jason is a full-time composer, arranger, clinician, and teacher who has published more than 200 compositions and arrangements for handbells, piano, strings, choir, and organ. His works have been featured at numerous festivals and workshops in the United States and beyond.

David HarrisDavid Harris
Advanced Handbells

David is in his 28th year as the Music Director for The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally-recognized touring handbell ensemble in constant demand as featured guest performers for various artist series and festivals around the country. He has led handbell festivals and workshops in 32 states as well as England, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Caribbean.

David StanleyDavid Stanley

Instrumental Ensemble

David is the Director of Bands at William Fleming High School in Roanoke, VA, where he directs the Marching Colonels, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble. He is also an experienced concert conductor, choir director, and trumpet player.

Molly Stanley

Instrumental Ensemble

Molly is the Orchestra Director at James Madison Middle School and Highland Park Elementary School in Roanoke, VA. Her wide range of experience includes elementary choir, Suzuki strings, middle and high school orchestras, and children’s church education. She has been a staff member at Music & Worship Arts Week since 2013, assisting with the instrumental ensemble.

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Dance, Drama & Art

Amy GrayAmy Gray

Worship Visuals

Amy is an adjunct faculty member at Wesley Theological Seminary, teaching visual arts courses and serving as the Designer and Program Administrator for the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts and Religion. She will complete her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on spirituality and art at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT, in 2017.

Grete Gryzwana

Dance

Grete has developed dances for professional dance, theater and opera companies, music videos, TV commercials, recording artists, and award shows. She is the founder of the Epiphany Dance Company and owner and instructor of True Pilates Pasadena. She also teaches dance at The Wooden Floor, an arts-for-youth nonprofit.

Joy Chappell

Dance

Joy began dancing at the age of 2 and recently graduated from Shenandoah University with a degree in dance performance and choreography. She has performed with the All-American Halftime cast at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando and studied at Joy of Motion Dance Center in Washington, DC.

Jeff SmithJeff Smith
Theatre in Worship

Jeff is the director of Salt & Light Ministries, based near Richmond, VA, which he founded in 1988 after spending eight years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army.  He has performed throughout the world as a featured performer and master teacher at local, state, and national training conferences and seminars in drama, worship arts, music ministry, teacher training, children’s ministry, and creative arts.

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Children

Judy BrittsJudy Britts
Older Elementary Choir

Judy is the Founding Artistic Director of the Sacramento-based Northern California Children’s Chorus, where she conducts all the choirs and classes for singers grades K-12. She has more than 30 years of experience in children and youth choral instruction and is a nationally sought-after festival director and clinician.

Brian HehnBrian Hehn

DRUM

Brian is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song, a new resource center by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada that will launch in October 2017. He is active as a drumming clinician and recently co-authored All Hands In: Drumming the Biblical Narrative with former Music & Worship Arts Week clinician, Mark Burrows.

kimmell_karolKarol Kimmell
Younger Elementary Choir

Karol is the Director of Youth & Children’s Music at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA, where she has developed and directs a graded choir program for grades PreK-12, both singing and ringing. She is also co-director and faculty member for the Choristers Guild Institute held at Wingate University in North Carolina.

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