A Lifetime of Service
I have been leading others for over 30 years as a worship leader, conference speaker, associate pastor, business administrator, road manager, consultant, office manager, and corporate development administrator. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/English Literature in 1981 and went on to graduate school, attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. I graduated in 1985 with a Master of Divinity in Christian Education/Church Business Administration.
I have served numerous churches and ministries across the country. In 1991-92 I was the Administrator and Office Manager for LaMar Boschman Ministries and The Worship Institute located in Dallas, TX. I planned, administrated, and taught at worship training events all across the USA and Canada. After leaving Dallas for Florida, I was on staff as Minister of Music/Church Business Administrator, until taking a ministry sabbatical in 1996. In 2000 I began ministering as a worship leader for Dan Duke Ministries, leading worship each weekend at various churches around the southeast. Following a year of traveling with Dan, I accepted a staff position as Worship Leader (part-time) at a small, dynamic church in St. Augustine, FL. After building the worship team ministry there, I began filling in at various churches in the Jacksonville, FL area as weekend worship leader.
Prior to founding The Management Agency in 2005, I was personal manager for Paul Wilbur (recording artist with Integrity Music) in Jacksonville, FL. For over three years I served Paul’s ministry as office administrator, road manager, and personal manager. We toured extensively in Latin America and in Africa and across the USA.
As a conference speaker, I bring my years of experience in the church and business worlds to help others develop a mature understanding of their calling. I regularly consult with touring artists and bands providing career counseling and developing customized management plans that are strategically implemented to help take their ministries to new levels. I am available as a conference speaker addressing topics including leadership issues, career development, and ministry planning and development. I also work with individual churches and ministries in setting up their offices, administrative systems, and team & leadership development.
I have worked closely with some of the leading figures in the contemporary worship field including Ron Kenoly, Paul Wilbur, Alvin Slaughter, Steve Fry, Nick Coetzee, Carl & Leann Albrecht and many others. I have served as personal manager for Paul Wilbur (Integrity Music), Lynn DeShazo (Integrity Music), Bob Fitts (Maranatha & Integrity Music), Michael Gungor (co-wrote Dove nominated & ASCAP Song of the Year “Friend of God”), Meredith Andrews (now with Word Music), and many other independent artists nation-wide.
As a Music Industry Conference Speaker and consultant, I cover the following important areas every touring artist needs to address:
- Developing Your Vision and Career Path
- Manager, Booking Agent, or Both?
- Recording and Producing a Successful CD
- Publishing Your Music
- Distribution – Virtual & On-Shelf
- Partner Development Program & Capital Fund-Raising
- Promotions, Merchandise & Marketing
- Image Consultation
- How To Communicate with Maximum Effectiveness
- Developing Improvisational Skills
- Stage Presence & What Your Audience Expects
- Identify & Create the Need
- Engaging Your Audience with Your Message
- Creating an Engaging Presentation
- Bookings, Contracts, Tech Riders & Technology
- How To Maximize Bookings
- How to Have a Successful Tour
Internationally, I have ministered in nations including Israel, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Nigeria, Ghana West Africa, the U.K., El Salvador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Canada. My specialized understanding of the music ministry coupled with formal training in church business and ministry administration provides me with the ability to help others see the Kingdom of God come in power on the earth through their own ministries!
My wife Laura and I live in Jacksonville, FL with our son Elliott. Laura and I celebrate 38 years of marriage this June. We attend Celebration Church in Jacksonville. Our daughter, Emily, resides in New York City where she is in employed in the financial services industry.
My calling is to facilitate ministry – first and foremost. And I’ve been doing that for over 35 years.
I have met with indie artists, ministries and bands in over 30 nations helping them do what they do best: communicate the Gospel of Jesus around the world.
Record labels don’t develop artists. I do.