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.
Wendell Kimbrough is a songwriter reimagining the Psalms for emotionally honest modern worship. His songs are marked by strong singable melodies, steeped in the sounds of folk, gospel, and soul music. Wendell serves as artist-in-residence and worship leader at Church of the Apostles in Fairhope, Alabama.
David M. Bailey believes that the Church should and can lead by example in diversity and reconciliation. He’s the founder of Arrabon; a ministry that equips churches and nonprofits with the tools and resources to shepherd their community from aspirational values regarding diversity along racial, ethnic, and class divisions towards an embodied practice. He is the author of Arrabon: Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music, and the producer of the Urban Doxology project. David and his wife Joy live in Richmond, VA.
Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where she directs three distinct programs in Christian worship. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services is used as a required text at more than 140 institutions of higher education worldwide and is available in four languages. Constance maintains an extensive schedule of speaking and teaching internationally.
Michael and Linda Adler have ministered together for over three decades in a variety of music ministries including recording group TRUTH, the Oral Roberts Television Ministry, Promise Keepers and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Michael has been a director, clinician, producer and a multiplier as he has followed God’s call on his life as a worship leader, also serving as a part time worship leader staffing and coaching associate with SlingshotGroup. Linda is the mother of their four sons, booking and operations manager of their venue, The Barn at Shady Lane, and also pours her life into the many voice students she teaches each week. Michael and Linda currently serve at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL.