May 4 & 5, 2018

First Alliance Church

Our passion is to equip local church musicians, technicians and leaders to glorify the King.

"As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend" Proverbs 27:17




May 4 & 5, 2018, First Alliance Church, Calgary


Anthony West

Director of Broadcasting, Bethel Media Group

Anthony is the Director of Broadcasting at Bethel Church in Redding, California. After 20 years of television production experience in London, UK, Anthony moved with his wife and three daughters to Bethel Church to attend their ministry school, where he unearthed the passions and dreams God had placed in his heart with regard to the powerful kingdom potential of media production in the local church.



Jennie Lee Riddle

Songwriter & Leader

Jennie Lee Riddle is a passionate songwriter, conference speaker, team trainer and worship servant. She is the founder and operator of People & Songs and The Emerging Sound, and co-owner of  Jennie is perhaps best known for authoring “Revelation Song” that she wrote in 1999 and was first recorded by Kari Jobe in 2003.  The Lord used that song to uncover her songwriting talent. As a result, she has been honored as a seven-time Dove award nominee and three-time Dove award winner, top 10 CCLI songwriter, multiple BMI award winner for top 25 radio, and two-time gold certified songwriter.


Kaden Slay

Recording Artist & Worship Leader

Kaden Slay is a giant voice with an even greater heart. His life’s desire is to truly know Jesus, share the gospel, teach the Word, and ultimately bring the church closer to the Father through music. He is currently a missionary at the headquarters of People & Songs and the Emerging Sound in La Porte, Indiana, where he serves as a teacher, staff writer, People & Songs artist, and worship leader. He is currently working on his debut album that will be released in 2018 by the People & Songs label.



Melanie Tierce

Worship Leader

Melanie Tierce is a People & Songs artist, writer and teacher.  She is blessed to have been mentored by Jennie Lee Riddle as a part of the community for a number of years.  Melanie has been a part of the Emerging Sound camp as a teacher and writer since its first year, she has also released her personal single entitled One More Step.  Melanie was featured on the farewell season of American Idol in 2016 with her audition that received raving reviews from the judges and earned her a golden ticket. Melanie is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Music and Worship.



Ryan Kennedy

Recording Artist & Worship Leader

Ryan Kennedy is an internationally touring Christian recording artist and worship leader based in Houston, Texas. From a young age Ryan began to be involved in musical theatre and after a number of early successes found himself preparing an original production for an off-Broadway run. Ryan’s promising career as a Broadway composer came to a halt when he had a profound, life-changing encounter with Christ. Since then, Ryan has opened for MercyMe, Crowder and other high-profile artists, and has toured internationally. Ryan now, when not on tour, leads worship for the 18,000-member congregation at Woodlands Church and is part of the People & Songs community.




Friday, May 4

6:00 pm         Registration Opens


7:30 pm         Opening General Session 1

Music - Jennie Lee Riddle, Kaden Slay & Ryan Kennedy

Keynote - Anthony West


10:00 pm       Burn 24-7 After Party & Ice Cream Bar

Saturday, May 5

8:00 am         Registration Opens

Coffee Bar


8:30 am         General Session 2


9:15 am         Breakouts A


10:45 am       Coffee Break


11:00 am       Breakouts B


12:30 pm       Lunch


1:30 pm         Breakouts C


3:00 pm         General Session 3 & Official Closing


4:00 pm         Bonus Breakout Session


5:00 pm         Optional Rehearsal open to Conference attendees


6:30 pm         Optional First Alliance Saturday Night Service

                       Featuring the Conference Choir



Trade Show

This year’s conference will feature an expanded trade show featuring the latest in Audio, Lighting & Multimedia technologies as well as resources for worship leaders, musicians and pastors.  Industry experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions.

Backstage Tours

Get a firsthand look at many of the new systems that have been installed at First Alliance Church.  This tour will include the auditorium, backstage, catwalks, and smaller ministry rooms.  You will see Audio, Lighting & Multimedia systems at a variety of scales and learn about technologies applicable to churches of every size. Space is limited & tours will be booked on the eventbrite registration page.



Burn 24-7 After Party

Following the Friday Night Opening General Session our friends at Burn 24-7 Calgary will lead us in worship through to midnight.  Burn 24-7 is a movement whose mission is to plant a sustainable furnace of 24-7, 365 days a year worship, prayer and outreach in every community, people group, city and nation in the world.  The “Sharpen Tech Ice Cream Bar” will also be a part of this special time of community and praise.





Trade Show & Featured Sponsor

Lighting Sponsor

Christie Lites

Audio Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors



Registration Now Available

All Sharpen Conference registrations include General Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Special Events, Trade Show, Coffee Break snacks & Saturday lunch*.


Early Bird Individual Registration (until March 18) - $59 + fees & taxes

Early Bird Group Registration (until March 18) - $50 + fees & taxes

Standard Individual Registration (March 19 - April 29) - $69 + fees & taxes

Standard Group Registration (March 19 - April 29) - $60 + fees & taxes

Late Registration (April 30 - door) - $79 + fees & taxes




*Included sessions are detailed in the conference schedule. Breakout session selections are limited and may change without advance notice. Included meals are Friday night Ice Cream Bar, Saturday morning snack and Saturday lunch.  Beverages are also included. Registrations are transferable but not refundable.