We welcome you into a space for conversation, imagination, and relationship
as we explore worship and the arts, and how these things might shape our shared Cascadian context.
Learn from nationally-recognized theologians, worship directors, and pastors as they share both from the podium and around the table.
Witness the compelling and thoughtful work of leading artists.
Worship with a community of Christians who believe in the transformative power of worship and the arts.
Cultivate a renewed vision for the power of worship and the arts for yourself and your community.
SUZANNE M. WOLFE
Suzanne M. Wolfe grew up in Manchester, England, and read English Literature at Oxford University, where she co-founded the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society. She is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University and has taught literature and creative writing there since 2000. Wolfe is the author of The Confessions of X: A Novel (HarperCollins, 2016) and Unveiling: A Novel (Paraclete Press, 2004). Twenty five years ago, she and her husband, Gregory Wolfe, co-founded Image, a journal of the arts and faith. Her essays and blog posts have appeared in Image and other publications. Wolfe is currently working on a series of mystery novels set in Elizabethan London. She and her husband are the parents of four grown children. They live in Richmond Beach, Washington.
Sara Groves has become one of the most critically-acclaimed artists in the Christian music industry since her debut album Conversations in 2001, to her tenth album The Collection in 2013. Groves’ ten albums consistently top year-end polls and have been noted by Billboard Magazine, CCM magazine, Christianity Today and more.
Sara describes the content of her latest release, Invisible Empires, as representing a process of ‘sorting through the layers of this frenetic life, gaining a new perspective and finding the long-standing truth.’ Since her 2005 release, Add to the Beauty, Groves has been immersed in a series of global conversations and experiences, from the flood-ravaged gulf of Louisiana, the genocide memorials of Rwanda to the testimonies of Southeast Asian sex trade survivors. These experiences have shaped Sara’s music as she brings to light the difficult, meaningful work of social justice and engaging in the suffering of the afflicted.
Sara, her husband Troy, and their 3 children reside in St. Paul, Minnesota where they cultivate an artistic community from a 100 year-old church called Art House North.
STEPHEN MICHAEL NEWBY
Stephen Michael Newby is a worship leader, songwriter, composer, and publisher of many different musical styles and traditions. Dr. Newby is director of the Center for Worship, Associate professor of music, head of Composition and director of the Gospel Choir at Seattle Pacific University. His works have been performed by the Cascade Youth Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and others; and have earned him numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment of the Arts 2005 St. Paul, Minnesota, Continental Harmony Grant; the King County Arts Commission of Washington Grant; The Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal; and the John Wesley Work III National Composers’ Award. Dr. Newby earned his D.M.A. in musical arts in composition from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has recently published a book entitled: Worship Outside the Music Box, Redemption Press, 2015. He lives in Bothell, Washington with his wife Stephanie and son Silas.
W. DAVID O. TAYLOR
David Taylor, born and raised in Guatemala City, earned his Th.D. at Duke Divinity School. He was a pastor at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas, where over the course of twelve years, in a full-time and part-time capacity, he supervised an arts ministry and the adult education program in addition to serving on the preaching team.
In 2010 he edited the book For the Beauty of the Church: Casting a Vision for the Arts (Baker Books), drawing on a conference he co-planned in 2008, which includes contributions from Eugene Peterson, Andy Crouch, Lauren Winner, Jeremy Begbie, Barbara Nicolosi, John Witvliet and Joshua Banner.
His artistic interests include playwriting, modern dance and film, and in recent years, science fiction literature. He and his wife, Phaedra, currently live in Houston, Texas, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary as well as the director of Brehm Texas, an initiative in worship, theology and the arts.