Stephen Newby :: Stephen Michael Newby is a worship leader, songwriter, composer, and publisher of many different musical styles and traditions. Dr. Newby is director of the Center for Worship, Associate professor of music, head of Composition and director of the Gospel Choir at Seattle Pacific University. His works have been performed by the Cascade Youth Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and others; and have earned him numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment of the Arts 2005 St. Paul, Minnesota, Continental Harmony Grant; the King County Arts Commission of Washington Grant; The Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal; and the John Wesley Work III National Composers’ Award. Dr. Newby earned his D.M.A. in musical arts in composition from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has recently published a book entitled: Worship Outside the Music Box, Redemption Press, 2015. He lives in Bothell, Washington with his wife Stephanie and son Silas.

Matthew Kaemingk :: Matthew Kaemingk is the Executive Director of the Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture at Fuller Northwest. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Institute’s online journal, Christ & Cascadia. He studied political science at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington and completed graduate work in theology and culture at Princeton Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Free University of Amsterdam. His current research and interest revolve around theology and culture, and worship and public life.

Matthew Sigler :: Matthew Sigler is Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Theology and United Methodist Liaison at Seattle Pacific University. He holds a PhD in liturgical studies from Boston University where his work focused on Methodist identity and liturgical praxis. Previously, Dr. Sigler served for twelve years as a music minister in the church and has written on contemporary worship as well as lyrical theology. Prior to SPS, he taught at Southwestern College in Kansas as the visiting scholar in the Religion Department.

Shannon Sigler :: Shannon Sigler is a visual artist, theologian, and arts administrator. She graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2007 with a degree in Theology and the Visual Arts; and from Boston University in 2011 with a Masters in Arts Administration. Shannon’s art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, as well as explorations in Christian vocation and family life. She previously worked as Associate Director for CIVA | Christians in the Visual Arts ( as well as the Seminarius Arts Director at Asbury Seminary. Shannon currently serves as the Visual Arts Editor for Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts ( and as Assistant Director of Fuller’s Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture.

Ed Willmington :: Ed Willmington is the Director of the Fred Bock Institute of Music of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts, and Composer-in-Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary. As the institute director, Ed’s responsibilities include teaching graduate-level classes related to music and worship and serving as mentor to students who lead the Fuller Seminary Chapel ministry.

He has developed Jubal House Publications to encourage creative and artistic composing of new musical works with spiritual and theological content for worship service planning and concert hall performances. Ed has a BA in Church Music and Conducting from Bethel University in Minnesota, and he holds an MM in Composition and a DMA in Composition from the University of Arizona.