Preparing and Equipping Worshippers
for the Move of God
October 20-21, 2017
6726 Texas Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
We believe that God is calling worship leaders, musicians, and singers to prepare the "worship wineskin" for revival.
Revive Worship Initiative is a conference designed BY worship leaders FOR worship leaders who yearn for their worship to be fresh, spontaneous, prophetic, and skilled: that their lives, their worship teams, and their worship would be flexible "wineskins" through which the Holy Spirit's new wine can flow.
The RWI leadership team is bringing in Wallace and Rachel Faagutu, worship leaders at IHOP Kansas City. They are incredible worshippers who are known for their unbridled passion for Jesus and their raggae-infused worship style.
Including topics such as: Instrumental Improvisation, Gospel Music Theory,
Prophetic Sound & Rhythm, Prophetic Singing, Song Writing, Vocal Technique, Worship Leadership,
Multi-Cultural Drumming, Drum Technology & Tuning, and more.
Rachel & Wallace Faagutu
Over 25 years ago, Rachel & Wallace Faagutu met on the beautiful island of Maui, where Rachel is from. Wallace was a football-playing, rap-writing Samoan and Rachel was an ukulele-playing engineer-in-training. Together they have been encouraging people to worship through music for more than 15 years.
In 2006, Wallace, known as SamSon, released his debut album, "Let My People Dance" in Hawaii. It went to the top of the charts on KPOA, KCCN and Island98.5. After the success of his album Wallace felt impressed to lead his family to Kansas City where they joined the IHOPKC staff in 2010. Rachel recorded a children's album with her family and released it in 2012. The "Little Songbirds" were born. Three years later, they released their second children's album, called "Little Songbirds 2".
Along with pioneering their own businesses and serving at IHOPKC, Rachel & Wallace Faagutu have traveled the world leading worship, preaching, teaching and serving as consultants with worship pastors and their teams as they embark on the journey of growing in prophetic worship. They are a rich resource of relational wisdom and team dynamics for church families as well as for the youngest of worship teams.
Workshop Session Speakers
Rufus Ferguson is a pianist based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and is currently a jazz piano Graduate Student at Western Michigan University where he studies under Jeremy Siskind. Rufus got his start studying classical piano while also being a gospel church organist. He later began playing jazz piano. During his tenure at WMU, Rufus has studied with Jeremy Siskind, Andrew Rathbun, Fred Hersch, Edward Simon, Roger Jones and Barry Harris. He has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with world renown jazz artists such as Terrell Stafford, Deborah Brown, Joe Lovano, Billy Drewes, Randy Brecker and Miguel Zenon. Rufus is a member of Keith Hall’s Homecookin band, Nashon Hollaway and Stereo Garden, and the Downbeat award winning group for best Graduate jazz quartet in the U.S., The Lasse Grunewald Quartet.
Marcell Williams, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is a graduate pf Ashford University with a bachelor degree in Criminal Justice. He has an eye for this field and one day wants to pursue his own executive protection company. He operates as a minstrel and has been mandated to release the prophetic sound to the Kingdom of God. Known as an atmosphere changer, he is called to help equip, cultivate, and push other minstrels to a greater level in their lifestyle of worship. God has given him a special healing and deliverance anointing where his heart’s desire is to see transformation in the area of worship and release it wherever God assigns him. In 2013, Marcell and his wife T’Mesha founded Ignite Passion Ministries, a prophetic worship team that travels and ministers throughout the United States. Marcell is presently working on releasing a prayer and soaking CD. He currently serves as the Music Director at Freedom Faith Worship Center and walks in authority as a prophetic watchman in the earth.
T'Mesha Williams, originally from Flint, MI has accepted the call to release the sound of prophetic worship to the Kingdom. God has given her a unique worship style that fuses Contemporary Christian and Gospel Music together. She focuses on releasing the heart of the Father when coming into any atmosphere and walks in dominion as a Kingdom Apostolic and Prophetic voice in the earth. She has been married to her husband Marcell Williams for nine years and together they have three world changers Kadyn, Kadynce and Kylah. T'Mesha is currently one of the servant leaders with Ignite Passion Ministries where God placed a mandate to release the sound of worship in the Kingdom of God. Her desire is to help others discover passion through worship and how it produces a manifested harvest in the lives of believers.
Quese's birth name is Marquese Allen. He is married to Shereen Allen and they have 3 children. His parents names are Henry Allen and Regina Allen. Quese was born in South Haven, MI. He is the sibling of one sister and two brothers. Quese grew up in First Baptist Church of Covert, MI and then later his family attended Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church of Covert, MI, where his father is currently the pastor. While he was in high school at Covert and South Haven, he loved to listen to rap/hiphop music the most. His mother discovered he could sing and persuaded him to sing at church. She encouraged Quese to sing throughout his youth, but he was too shy to do so. As a senior in high school, he sung “Love” by Musiq Soulchild, in front of the whole school. This was the beginning of his musical endeavors.
By 2005, Quese helped start a record label called Northern Exposure Records. And recorded secular music under this label until 2008, which led to clubbing & alcohol abuse. In 2008, his sister, Teresa Allen, asked if he could write some songs for a play. Although Quese was a song writer, he had not written gospel songs. However, she gave him a chance and by doing this he repented and rededicated his life back to Jesus Christ. Soon after, he started attending Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Kalamazoo and did many ministries there such as DJing, writing songs for the rap ministry, and singing with the youth praise team.
In 2010, Quese founded & became CEO of STG (Spreading the Gospel) Musiq Ministry. Now, he attends Trenches Community Church which is lead by Pastor James Harris, where he serves as the worship leader, as a deacon, and also helps with outreach ministry. Quese partners with many churches in southwest Michigan to worship and praise God to the highest level. He is an independent recording artist, who writes, arranges, sings, raps, and teaches music. Quese travels to different states, churches, and youth ministries spreading the message of the gospel, hope, unity, and peace through his music. Quese loves God, loves people, and loves his community and demonstrates that through his outreach of artistry and compassion towards all cultures. Quese’s mission is to present Jesus Christ through his art so that others can become reconciled to Him!
James Shumaker has been playing drums and percussion for the last twenty years in a variety of genres from Jazz to metal, country to rock, hip-hop to funk, and everything in between. When not playing or tuning drums, he can be found eating chips and salsa, or worshiping Jesus (sometimes both at the same time). His passion for great sounds, creative playing, authentic worship, and animated faces have helped him become an in-demand player in both the worship and professional scenes in southwest Michigan.
Jeremy Simpson has used his passion for music, worship and teaching since the age of 8. Since then, God has taken him around the world to share those gifts in churches, conferences and gatherings to say one thing in many ways: God redeems. No matter what your journey has been, you are not fatherless. God is writing your story. Born and raised in Holland, Michigan, Jeremy currently serves as Community Life Pastor at Southridge Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Above all else in ministry, He celebrates his wife of 9 years, Erica, and Jeremy’s number one delight and joy is fathering their two children, Jayden and Zoe.
John MacMullen, his wife Kendra, and their 3 children (Ian, Avery, Will) live here in Kalamazoo. John has had the privilege of serving in a variety of churches as Worship Arts Director for over 20yrs. The past 14yrs he has served on staff at Centerpoint Church here in Kalamazoo. One of John’s greatest blessings in ministry is helping other artists develop their talents as they grow as passionate worshipers of God.
Born and raised in Toledo, OH, Ashley Daneman performed in musicals and later studied Opera at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music before finishing in Psychology and turning to study jazz on her own. In 2003, USA Today noted her as “a fine young jazz vocalist” and her unique voice as a composer earned her a spot in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead as a resident artist.
What followed then was a complicated series of personal events, leaving Daneman’s career on the back burner as she returned to a “desk job.” Several years later, renewed efforts to pursue her dream landed her at Manhattan School of Music studying under Peter Eldridge, Kate McGarry, and Theo Bleckman. Successfully completing her masters degree as a scholarship student, in 2010, Daneman was chosen again for her artistry into The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop as a resident artist.
A late career start and plenty of interesting life turns have caused Daneman to go deep with her blend of jazz and modern folk debuting “a publicly intimate recording that is frank and unapologetic. Beauty Indestructible is a collection of nine original “spirit poems” scored and written by Daneman, existing as an intensely personal song cycle. Daneman addresses the fundamental healing power of love” (C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz).
Daneman is also a teacher of contemporary vocal technique and certified in Somatic Voicework (tm) - The Lovetri Method. She draws on her professional experience in jazz and commercial music to mentor both aspiring and professional singers. Additionally she has an ecumenical background serving in church worship settings - including the Kalamazoo House of Prayer, evangelical worship teams and mainline protestant congregations.
Ashley and her husband, trumpeter Benje Daneman, have three amazing children and are based out of Kalamazoo, MI.
Phillip Cunningham was first introduced to musical worship at an early age. At age 7, he began singing in his church choir, becoming accustomed to gospel music. Once he was old enough he began participating in school choirs and bands picking up the saxophone. He continued his involvement in choral settings through high school and college gaining a real appreciation for classical music. In his sophomore year, he began learning piano and after two years later he began playing for Greater Faith Empowerment Center. The following year he began leading worship there as the Minister of Music where he has served for the past 8 years. Since that time he has played for several conferences, worship experiences, and prayer pushes in Michigan and Ohio including The Greater Kalamazoo Prayer Push, Jesus Loves Kalamazoo, and InterVarsity’s “Ignite” “Compelling” and “Cedar Campus” conferences. In this time God placed a desire to cultivate a progressive advance for worship personally, communally, and cross-culturally. Phillip recently accepted a position as the worship leader for the Centerpoint City Church beginning in December, 2017.
Tami Flick is the director of the Kalamazoo House of Prayer and one of the founders of the Revive Worship Initiative. Tami is a professional musician who is equally at home leading worship, directing a choir, or playing her flute in a symphony. Tami oversees the day to day function of the KHOP prayer room as well as oversees the internship program and trainings for KHOP’s worship and prayer leaders. Tami is married to her husband of 16 years, John Flick. They LOVE the presence of God! John and Tami are dedicated to seeing their city experience Kingdom transformation and believe that united night and day prayer is a huge key! They have two amazing children - Ellie (11) and Robert (8.5). As a family they love to geocache, swim at the family cottage, hike in the nearby woods, play games, eat Plainwell ice cream, do street ministry with Jesus Loves Kzoo, and hang out with family and friends.
Joel Sorge is the Creative Director at Radiant Church in Kalamazoo, where he lives with his wife and four children. He is a filmmaker, writer, designer, musician and visual artist with a passion for teaching and developing others. His passion for storytelling and innovation is second only to his passion for bringing hope to the hopeless, comfort to those in pain, and revealing the nature of Christ to those in need of His nearness and love.
October 20-21, 2016
EARLY BIRD RATE (Deadline Sept 29)
$30 per person (includes lunch)
$45 per person (includes lunch)
$500 - Blanket price
for churches who pay and register by Sept. 29th. This price allows churches to register as many people
as they want for the conference. Registrations must be submitted by Sept. 29th to be included in this price.
6726 Texas Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
RWI Leadership is a multi-cultural, multi-generational team of worship pastors, leaders, and musicians from a variety of churches and ministries throughout the Greater Kalamazoo region. Kalamazoo House of Prayer is a community of churches contending together for the transformation of our region through worship, intercession, and evangelism.
Revive Worship Initiative Leadership Team
Quese Allen, Trenches Community
Heather Chandler, Kalamazoo House of Prayer
Tami Flick, Kalamazoo House of Prayer
John MacMullen, Centerpoint
Jeremy Simpson, Southridge
Peter Webb, WorshipArts
Brandon & Caitlyn Brouwer, Haven
Phillip Cunningham, Greather Faith Empowerment Center
Kurt & Abbey Johnson, Kalamazoo First
Jared March, Kalamazoo First
Tori Walker, Southridge
Marcel & T'Mesha Williams, Ignite Passion Ministries