Plenary Speakers for the NCMC

We are constantly tweaking the schedule for the NCMC to maximize the time and resources. I am pretty certain that we have worked out the line up of plenary talks sufficiently enough for me to share with you what the conferees can look forward to. Don’t forget to register!

Tony Myles – Tuesday Evening, August 9

Tony is the Associate Pastor for the New City Fellowship-University City worship site. Tony is an excellent preacher, but he’s also a skilled keys player in our rotation. Tony has an insatiable appetite for music. When ever he’s in the same room with a keyboard, I see him circle around it like a vulture until he finally gives in and sits down to play. Tony has been involved in several different kinds of churches from an inner city mega-church to an African American PCA church plant before joining the pastoral team at New City Fellowship.

Tony’s talk on Tuesday will kick off the conference and set the stage for what’s to come.

James Ward – Wednesday Morning, August 10

James Ward is my father and my mentor. Having been a musician at New City Fellowship in Chattanooga from it’s inception, he was a trailblazer in the process of reconciliation ministry in the post-Civil Rights south. He studied music at Covenant College and received a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Tennessee. His compositions have become part of the unique culture of many of the New City Fellowship congregations. His original songs include, “Death Is Ended”, “Pray, Pray, Pray” and “Keep Looking Up”. He’s also given us new settings for “Oh For A Thousand”, “Rock of Ages” and “May the Mind of Christ My Savior”.

James’ talk on Wednesday comes from 40 years in the trenches of cross-cultural music ministry.

Leopoldo Sánchez – Thursday Morning, August 11

I just met Leo, but I am really excited about what he’s bringing to the conference. Leo was born in Concepción, Chile and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama. He is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, where he also serves as Director of its Center for Hispanic Studies in The Werner R.H. and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Chair for Hispanic Ministries. Not only is Leo a theologian, but he’s also a double-bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra and plays Latin and jazz bass.

Leo’s talk on Thursday is going to be about the growing church in the “global south” and how our liturgical planning and music style might be affected here as a result. Leo will also be leading our Styles Class on Latin and Caribbean music.

Michael Higgins – Thursday Evening, August 11

I first got to know Mike Higgins when he and his family came to Chattanooga to join the New City Fellowship staff when I was in high school. Mike comes from a C.O.G.I.C. background, but he is ordained in the PCA. After NCF, Mike served as the Senior Pastor of Redemption Fellowship (PCA) in Fayetteville, Georgia for ten years before returning to St Louis as the Dean of Students of Covenant Seminary.

Mike will be closing out the conference on Thursday night with a sermon in our “open-to-the-public” worship service.

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