Visiting Worship Artists
Originally formatted as a pop/rock outfit readying commercial songs for radio, LEELAND released their debut album, ‘Sounds of Melodies’, in 2006. Spawning a GRAMMY nomination and multiple Dove Award nods, the record trailblazed a new path of artistic and Levitical worship led by the band. Mooring explains that the bulk of LEELAND’s songs have always been inspired by the communion of worship. More recently, Mooring co-wrote one of the Church’s most-sung standards, ‘Lion and the Lamb’, with seasoned worship writers Brenton Brown and Brian Johnson. The song cemented his personal status as a young veteran in the sphere of modern worship music, further affirming that LEELAND as a collective are drawn into crafting songs that court congregations across the globe to worship God through the act of singing – and singing together.
Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, singer/songwriter, and bestselling author. Her songs – which have won Grammys, Billboard Music Awards and Dove Awards – include “Blessings”, “Mighty to Save” and Chris Tomlin’s “Indescribable.” “Blessings” was certified platinum in 2020 and inspired her first devotional book “What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops”. Her second book “When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without” serves as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, God is the ultimate author of our story. In 2019 she released a book, Bible study series and new EP titled “I Give Up; The Secret Joy of a Surrendered Life.” Her latest book and Bible study series is “So Long Normal; Living and Loving the Free Fall of Faith” releasing on July 20th.
Laura has a master’s degree of theological studies and a doctorate in worship studies. She has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and mother to Josie, Ben, Griffin and Timothy.
Camp Teaching Staff
Dr. Shannan Baker serves as the first postdoctoral fellow within the School of Music. She endeavors to find ways to connect contemporary worship research with the practice of the church. Primarily, this has occurred through the creation of contemporary worship workshops where students are encouraged to connect their classroom learning with practical applications in a band-led worship style. Dr. Baker has experience playing multiple instruments including drums (her emphasis for her BA), piano/keys, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar, which allows her to communicate with the various band members. During her time at Baylor, Dr. Baker has been involved in the planning for Worship Lab and has coordinated several church workshops.
Christina Dale is a 2020 graduate of Baylor University where she received her Bachelors of Music in Church Music with a vocal emphasis, Sic ‘Em Bears! She currently serves as Worship and Arts Coordinator for Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Carrollton, Texas. Christina and her husband, Gilbert, have two dogs, a white miniature schnauzer named Clifford and a chocolate lab named Sakley. In their free time, they enjoy watching movies, playing video games, and writing songs.
Chason Disheroon serves as Associate Director for the Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor University. Chason holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shorter University and a Master of Music in Church Music from Baylor University. He is passionate developing and providing training opportunities to empower and equip leaders, both young and old, with the tools to facilitate authentic, passionate worship. Chason has served as director for Worship Lab since 2017 and works year-round to bring talented students, worship pastors, and guest artists to Baylor’s campus each July.
Sam Johnson serves as Worship Pastor at Hope Community Church in Andover, Kansas. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, a Master of Music in Church Music, and a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Seminary. Sam has been involved with Worship Lab since 2015 and is a musical jack of all trades. As a student, he served as graduate coordinator for Worship Lab and more recently as a visiting worship leader for camp.
Cade Kyle serves as Worship Leader at The Foundry Church, Houston. He is a 2021 graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music degree in church music. Cade has previously served as a speaker for Baylor’s Worship Lab Workshop and attended Worship Lab as a high-school student before studying music at Baylor.
Jacob Lackey graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Entrepreneurship & Marketing and now serves as a freelance audio engineer, production manager and consultant based in Waco for several organizations, ministries, and churches, currently including; Vertical Ministries (Production Manager), Breakaway Ministries (Production Manager), Magnolia (Event Production Manager), Passion City Church (Production Manager/Producer, Trilith Campus) & Jennie Allen Ministries (Video Producer).
Dylan Reese serves as Minister of Worship at Westbury Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, as well as, a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary. Dylan has served in many roles with Worship Lab throughout the years, most recently as visiting worship leader at the 2022 camp. You will find Dylan in bass and guitar sessions, as well as, other breakouts on formation, rehearsal techniques, and more.
For 20 years, Paul Ryan has mentored emerging worship leaders at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI. As both the Worship Pastor overseeing daily chapels and as a resource specialist with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Paul delights in equipping ministry leaders in worship band contexts to thoughtfully balance tradition and innovation, to plan worship with artistic and theological imagination, to bridge cultural contexts, and to lead in scripture, song, and prayer with confidence and joy. Paul is married to Sheila who never fails to poke fun at his sock and shirt combinations, father to two high school boys who provide him endless activities to attend and cheer, and coach to dozens of middle school track and cross-country kids who are infinitely fascinating and comical.
Josh Stewart has served in full time ministry for over 18 years as a worship pastor, student choir director, worship ministry coach and mentor. Growing up as a pastor’s son he was exposed to a wide range of musical worship expressions that prepared him for leadership in many different church environments. Josh has a passion for multi-generational worship. He desires to equip the next generation of worshippers while growing along with those who have paved the way.
Dr. Jason Terry is Assistant Professor of Piano at Samford University where he serves as Director of Keyboard Studies. He is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University (Bachelor of Arts), Baylor University (Master of Music), and the University of South Carolina (Doctor of Musical Arts). Dr. Terry has given performances throughout North America, Asia, and Europe as both a soloist and collaborative pianist. For four years he toured nationally with a professional quartet performing nearly 100 concerts annually. His performances have been broadcast on NPR stations around the country ranging from the standard literature to the premiers of new compositions. At Worship Lab, he will lead band rehearsals and teach keyboard and piano sessions for the camp.
Dr. Angela Yoon serves on the voice faculty at Belmont University as the coordinator of the vocal pedagogy program, and on the voice faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she continues to return as a summer faculty member. As an educator, Yoon has had diverse experiences with musicians and non-musicians alike. Her voice and musical theatre major students have been accepted to music schools in the U.S. and abroad as well as professional opera houses, theatres, and cruise lines. At Worship Lab, we welcome Dr. Yoon to work with vocalists at camp.