BREAKOUT CLASS PRESENTERS A-L

Amy Lemke

Instructor

Amy Lemke recently graduated from Ambrose University with a double major in Music and Christian Studies. She worked as the service coordinator at First Alliance Church while covering for a maternity leave and she now works at the Steinway Piano Gallery here in Calgary. In that year spent at FAC, she worked extensively with ProPresenter and is now happy to pass on some tips and tricks!

 

Ben Burrell

Partner, Sapphire Sound

Ben has been passionate about audio since his early days, and growing up wanted to be the tech director at his church.  Now he has a unique opportunity to influence positive change in regards to technical workflows and systems across many churches.  Ben moved to Calgary 10 years ago to start the Alberta operations for Sapphire Sound, and has since helped to establish a team with a reputation for putting our customers first with the highest level of service.  His passion has grown from just audio to include video, lighting, and integrated control systems.  Sapphire’s work includes churches and theatres, hospitality clients, arenas and sporting venues, corporate facilities, and educational customers.  Ben is now a partner at Sapphire and a father to a very active 14 month old daughter with another child on the way at the beginning of October.

Chris Neufeld

Associate Pastor, Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church

Chris Neufeld received his BA in Church Music from Rocky Mountain College in 2007 and he has been a Worship Arts Pastor for over 10 years.  He is a worship leader and participates in bands as a vocalist, guitarist, bass player, and drummer but also as a violinist and is able to “speak the language” of both the contemporary musician and the classically trained musician.  He is currently the Associate Pastor at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church in Carstairs and is also serving as Assistant Director for the New West Symphony Chorus in Calgary.  He’s married to Breanne and has four kids.

 

Curtis Jacobs

Sound Engineer, FM Systems

Curtis, a sound engineer hailing from Edmonton, AB, has spent over a decade behind the console at live events across Canada. Recent project credits include Jukebox Hero The Musical, The Juno Awards Gala, A Conversation with Barrack Obama, and The Eagles. He joined  the team at FM Systems in 2016 and specializes in live mixing, system optimization and technical education. As both a lifelong musician and a former teacher, Curtis is passionate about sharing his approach to mixing, and love of listening.

Calum Rees

Pastor & Musician, Epic Vineyard Community

Calum was born in Church Village (Wales, UK) and has been training to become a Canadian for the past 11 years.  On meeting Calum you quickly realize two things; that he has a tremendous sense of fun and that he is a Welshman! Calum plays drums and percussion, releasing his rhythms wherever he finds himself to be.  His first professional gig, where he was paid in actual cash, was back in 1984 whilst still a schoolboy, and he has built a wealth of experience over the years from which to draw. You’ll find his playing featured on many acclaimed musical projects, including from the last century, Come Now Is The Time To Worship and Hungry with Brian Doerksen and Vineyard UK, through to the more recent Songs for the Journey series with The Shiyr Poets (GMA Inspirational Album of the Year 2015 & 2017). Calum is a local church pastor here in Calgary with the Epic Vineyard community.  He is married to Joyce and together they run around trying to keep up with their two very energetic and accident causing boys.

Cory Bitner

Educator & Musician

Cory Bitner has worked full-time as a guitar player/studio engineer/music educator for over 20 years.  Over that time frame, Cory has been a live sideman, studio engineer and producer, session player, and college instructor.  Cory currently does guitar session work for producers throughout North America as well as produces / engineers various independent artists.  Cory has always had a passion for music education and is currently developing various guitar curriculum products for release.

David Klob

Music Pastor, First Alliance Church

Growing up in a pastor's home on the East Coast, David has been involved in local church music ministry as long as he can remember, and has been a worship leader for nearly 25 years. For 14 of those years, he served at Kingswood University in New Brunswick as the primary professor of the Music Ministry program, and was responsible for Chapel worship music, traveling music groups, and the Kingswood Chorale. A "musical pluralist" at heart, David spans the gamut of worship music styles, equally comfortable in a wide range of contexts. One Sunday may find him leading a large choir and orchestra, while the next one may find him using loops and a DJ. His passion for all forms of corporate worship and worship music comes from his deep desire to see the whole Church worship together. In 2013, David, his wife, Bethanie, and their 3 daughters packed up the minivan and drove across Canada to relocate to Calgary, where he now serves as the Music Pastor at First Alliance Church. In his free time, he enjoys running, racquetball, board games, singing in the Calgary-based band, "Hope's Creed", eating M&Ms, and watching movie trailers. Yup. Movie trailers.

Jeremy Kinniburgh

Vernon Alliance Church & The Levite Summit

Jeremy Kinniburgh is passionate about helping people to encounter God in a real and transformative way.  He has been involved in prayer ministry and inner healing ministry for several years and has been a Pastor of Discipleship at Vernon Alliance Church, where he brings leadership to the Discipleship and Prayer Ministry of the church.  Jeremy has been partnering with Jon Buller, of Hear the Music, and a great team of passionate and gifted people of prayer, to bring a life-changing healing and prayer ministry to the Levite Summit for the last few years.  This year he will be presenting two sessions on prayer and also bringing leadership to a prayer ministry team at Sharpen with prayer ministers from local churches.  

Heather Wile

Senior Environments Director, First Alliance Church

Growing up in a family of artists was formative for Heather who loves to see the arts being used in the local church context to inspire and draw people to Jesus. She has been leading and serving in various expressions of the arts including visual arts, dance, drama, communications, video, story-telling, creative writing and worship leading for over ... well let's just say a long time. The last 19 years she has ministered at FAC and is currently on the pastoral staff, leading the creative team and producing the weekend services.  She is an Ambrose Graduate in Biblical Studies, is married to Steve and together they have three adult children and 5 grandchildren. Life is full!

 

Jeff Watt

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor, RockPointe Church

Alberta-born and bred, Jeff Watt is a worship leader and multi-instrumentalist currently serving as Worship & Creative Arts Pastor at RockPointe Church in Calgary, Alberta. Based on his experiences as a musician, producer, arranger and worship pastor, Jeff loves to leverage the lessons he’s learned during 20+ years of local church ministry to help worship musicians make the most of their musical gifts and abilities, no matter what their level of development. He and his wife, Karen, frequently indulge in their own version of “carpool karaoke”, raucously belting out classic rock hits with their three teenage kids, Nathan, Amber and Joel, whenever they happen find themselves in the same vehicle.

Joe Essenburg

Bassist, New West Symphony & Chorus

Joe has nearly 20 years of experience as a recording bassist with numerous church groups, jazz ensembles, gospel choirs and local bands. He’s currently the Board Chair and bassist for the New West Symphony and Chorus, now in its 10th season in Calgary. With an MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a degree in Math, his intense passion for understanding every element of his sound has led him to hand building guitars and speaker cabinets as well as authoring a thesis on how the electric bass produces its sound. Joe works as an Engagement Lead with Stroud International, he married a music teacher, Amy, and they have a son and daughter both under three and already taking lessons!

Josh Burnett

General Manager, FM Systems

Josh is excited to be invited back to participate in Sharpen 2019! A veteran of the live audio industry, Josh has spent over 15 years, and thousands of live and broadcast events behind the sound board. Specializing in live front of house mix, system design and system optimization, he brings a passion for audio everywhere he goes. Josh is once again thrilled to share a life-long quest for learning, and audio mixing techniques with the Audio Advanced Stream participants.

 

Julie Pearson

Vocal Coach & Worship Leader

Julie is a vocal coach, singer and worship leader. She has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and has been performing for over 25 years. Her focus is teaching functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential. Julie has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry from Briercrest College and has served in several ministry positions, including Music Director and Pastor of Worship Arts. Julie has extensive experience with church worship bands and continues to partner with churches, offering a variety of vocal workshops that equip singers in vocal technique, harmony, and leadership.

Jon Day

Music Composer & Educator

Jon Day is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, musical director, and educator. Over a career spanning nearly 30 years, Jon has the privilege of sharing the stage with and extensive list of international and local artists including; Alex Acuna, Howard McCrary, Oscar Cartaya, Sean Jones, Hugh Fraser, Ross Taggart, P.J. Perry, Brad Turner, Jamey Aebersold, David Braid, Elizabeth Shepherd, Judy Niemack, Jack Semple, Doug Riley, Clarence Clemens and the "Temple of Soul", among others. After nearly 12 years of full-time church music ministry in Canada and abroad, Jon returned "home" to Calgary in 2012 where he joined the jazz Performance faculties at Mount Royal University and Rocky Mountain College, and now works as a sought-after freelance performer, orchestrator, and educator.

Lloyd Smith

Technical Arts Associate, First Alliance Church

Lloyd has been involved in church ministry for over 25 years where he has continually developed his knowledge working with live sound, lighting and video. During that time he has also worked extensively with AV technology and IT infrastructure and support. His experience also includes serving as a Worship Pastor, a musician and a Technical Arts Associate. Lloyd is presently on staff at First Alliance Church and Centre Street Church in Calgary working in various venues doing sound mixing and AV support. Lloyd believes in using a very active form of mixing because as a sound engineer we need to realize we are meant to be dynamic part of the worship teams we serve with.

Lynley Hall

Westhills Site Worship Leader, RockPointe Church

Lynley Hall brings 20 years of professional performance experience to the Sharpen team. She is a trained Actor/Singer who has performed all over Canada. She has graced the stage at Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Vertigo Theatre, Forte Musical Theatre, Ground Zero Theatre, and Citadel Theatre to name a few. She has been a part of Worship Teams and Drama teams for many years and now calls RockPointe Church her home. She is currently serving as Site Worship Leader at RockPointe Westhills and is passionate about leading authentic worship experiences.