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

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 has always had a love for storytelling. The Portland native who currently resides in Brooklyn, started her career working behind the scenes in the world of film and video, only to accidentally find herself behind the mic. Liz Vice's sound is a fusion of Gospel and R-and-B, with dynamic and soulful vocals, and lyrics, deeply rooted in spirituality, that give her work a timeless feel. 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, Samford University Howard Room

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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