The Specialized one year Worship Track was an idea born in the heart and mind of Pastor Dan Carroll. Welcoming an atmosphere of worship has long been an emphasis at Water of Life Church. Coming under the umbrella of the School of Ministry, this one year track is not just for worship leaders, but is designed for those who want to develop more of a heart for worship, their calling as a worshiper, or cultivate their musical, song writing, creative, and worship leading skills. Whether or not you feel called to play or sing on a worship team, all who desire more of the presence of God will benefit greatly from the Worship Track. The greatest attribute for joining is a heart and love for worship. Non singers and non-musicians welcome! Core classes will be required but can be taken during the training.
Book of Psalms: This 10 week class includes a breakdown of Psalms, one of the most beloved books in the Bible, written by David (and a few other authors) paralleled with many events during David’s journey—from lowly shepherd boy to war hero eventually leading to his becoming King. You will never read the Psalms the same way after this class.
Mosaic Tabernacle: This 5 week course leads us on a journey of worship as it relates to the Tabernacle of Moses. There is much to be learned about worship from this tabernacle designed by God Himself. From the entrance until reaching the Ark of the Covenant, where God’s magnificent presence rested, we will go step by step; helping us understand why God manufactured and orchestrated such a structure to bring glory to His name.
Worship Theology: In light of the present worship reformation, worship songs are played on the radio along with many genres of songs. What makes the difference between music and worship that is sacred? Is there a difference? In this 4 week class we will talk in depth about what the Bible has to say about this diverse and yet vague topic. Don’t just worship. Understand why and how we worship.
Andy Taylor: Worship Pastor, Water of Life
As head over all worship at Water of Life, Andy, the 8 Worship Staff he oversees, as well as the more than 100 volunteers lead more than 7000 members in worship weekly throughout various venues. He and his staff have helped launch, grow, and sustain six worship venues/expressions. With oversight of the global vision for worship at Water of Life, Andy desires to equip and mentor worshipers and worship leaders with a pure heart before God. His life message is developing the proper posture of worship before God and before men. Andy will be front and center, teaching both through instruction as well as example. Andy holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Life Pacific College.
Brian Ming: Associate Pastor, School of Worship
Brian and his wife Kristen have served the church in worship ministry years for 20 years. In 2005, Brian became the worship leader at Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX where he mentored hundreds of worship leaders, as well as recorded 4 internationally distributed worship projects. Dozens of his songs are sung by artists and churches throughout the U.S. and the world. After a brief time of pastoring, in 2014, God called him back into worship ministry, where they released a new album, Freedom Project. In 2016, they were hired by Water of Life to start the Worship Track at the Water of Life School of Ministry. Brian holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University.
Jeff Deyo is known internationally as the original lead singer of the Dove Award-winning group Sonicflood. Jeff is the voice behind classic worship songs like I Could Sing of Your Love Forever, In the Secret, and My Refuge. Sonicflood’s self-titled debut (1999) and its Grammy-nominated follow-up, Sonicpraise (2001), reached combined sales of over one million. Deyo followed up these accomplishments by releasing five acclaimed worship solo albums including his latest, Moving Mountains (2015). In 2004 Jeff founded the Pure Worship Institute, an annual regional conference drawing thousands. Deyo also serves on full-time faculty at North Central University (NCU) in Minneapolis, MN, as well as serving faithfully at his local church.
Tommy Walker is a worship leader, singer/songwriter, founder of Break Through Christian Academy in Manila, Philippines, and educator at Cornel School of contemporary Music. He has served as a worship leader for 25 years. Tommy has written over 200 songs that are currently tracked by C.C.L.I. and sung in churches around the world. His most popular songs include, He knows my name, That's why we praise Him, Only a God like you, and Mourning into dancing. Tommy holds an honorary doctorate of Divinity from Life Pacific College and Shepherd University.
As a young man, Simon Dunn received a mandate from the Lord found in Joel 3 to “Declare Me to the Nations,” and has travelled to over 30 countries. When he came to work at CFNI in 2012 he met his wife, Jessica, a Brazilian student. They love to lead people into God’s presence in corporate worship and are passionate about training up and sending effective leaders to the nations. Both are CFNI School of Worship & Technical Arts Graduates and Simon has served as the Assistant Director of the Worship Major prior to his current role as Director. Simon also serves as Worship Leader at Antioch Church in downtown Dallas and leads the Awaken UK mission trip to England each summer.