The Worship Exchange Program is an ongoing effort to provide resources for our faculty, staff, and students to engage and explore topics related to adolescent worship practices, intergenerational worship, and the creative use of the arts in worship. We often travel with our undergraduate and graduate students and often invite individuals to visit our campus for peer learning intensives. Events hosted at Samford University are open to the public.

Sandra McCracken
Sandra McCracken in Partnership with Dawson Memorial Baptist Church
September 17, 10 a.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Location: 3 events; click below for times and locations

Sandra McCracken’s prolific contributions as a songwriter, modern-day hymn writer, and record producer has brought grace and clarity to her soulful, folk-gospel sound. Whether in a theater or in a chapel, she is a dynamic performer who blurs the lines of what church music sounds like, captivating and inviting audiences to sing along. Registration opens August 20, 2019.

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Glenn Packiam
Glenn Packiam
October 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lunch + Conversation, Samford University Howard Room

Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. He is the author of many books, including Discover the Mystery of Faith (2013) and Blessed Broken Given (2019). Registration opens October 1, 2019.

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Liz Vice
Liz Vice
February 18, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lunch + Conversation, Samford University Howard Room

Liz Vice is a musician best known for her Gospel, soul, and R-and-B-infused album entitled, “There’s A Light”. Raised in Portland, Oregon and a recent resident of Brooklyn, NY. Ms. Vice has performed and/ or shared the stage with artist such as Cody Chesnutt, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Temptations, Lecrae, Eric Early of (Blitzen Trapper), Josh Garrels, The Wood Brothers, Tunde Baiyewu (Lighthouse Family), Luz Mendoza (Y La Bamba), Eshon Burgundy (Humble Beast), and more. Registration opens January 28, 2019.

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Lester Ruth
Lester Ruth
April 21, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lunch + Conversation, Sullivan Cooney Fieldhouse

Lester Ruth, professor of worship at Duke Divinity School, is a historian of Christian worship with particular interests in the early church and the last 250 years, especially the history of contemporary praise and worship. He is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style. Registration opens March 31, 2019.

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