Vineyard School of Worship Summer Session

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Worship Leader Summer Session: Columbus is for anyone ages 18 to 35 who wants to take their worship leadership to the next level. If you are new to leading worship or need a tune-up & fresh inspiration – this event is for you! We will cover on-stage elements such as band dynamics, sound, vocal and instrument training. Additionally, we'll cover off-stage elements including band administration, discipleship of musicians, and soul care. This will be a once in a lifetime experience for you! Nothing compares to training with gifted teachers and mentors.

Additional topics will include:

  • Soul Care: Developing Your Green Space with God
  • Vocal care and development
  • Administrating Your Worship Ministry
  • Biblical Foundations of Worship
  • Vineyard Worship Values
  • Running More Effective Rehearsals
  • Sound Workshop – We will all learn the basics of the soundboard
  • Recording Workshop – Basics of recording for your church
  • Drum + Bass Day – Learn the basics of the foundation of the band
  • Electric Guitar, Keys + Vocal Day – Learn the basics of the emotion of the band
  • Songwriting Workshop + Song Share


In response to COVID-19, Worship Leader Summer Session will be online for the first time this year. We're still making adjustments, but can't wait to share this experience with you!


Super Early bird registration is only $139. That covers registration, materials, and interactive online experiences.


Summer Session will begin Monday evening, June 3, and we'll have 3 full days of programming Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with a final session Friday morning. Expect to hit the road June 7 around Noon. Detailed schedule coming soon.


Are scholarships available?
YES! We are offering scholarships for those in need. Church planters and non-US passport holders are encouraged to contact us for more details on scholarship opportunities. Email mattf@vineyardotr.org for more details or apply for a Vineyard USA Ethnic Diversity Scholarship.

Why is the Summer Session only for 18-35-year-olds? What’s the deal?
Great question. We are specifically targeting younger, emerging worship leaders for this event. It will allow us to tailor-make this event for that demographic. We love and value multi-generational teams and will have other events that are all-ages (like THRIVE and the Vineyard Worship Leader Retreat).

Any other questions?
Email mattf@vineyardotr.org


Mike O

Mike O’Brien
VSOW Director

For 18 years Mike served as the worship leader of Vineyard Community Church in Marietta GA preparing thousands of weekend and special services under the leadership of one pastor. He oversaw a collective of 25+ musicians that wrote, recorded, and led worship services for VCC. That collective, Poured Out Like Wine, recorded 7 albums with over 15 published songs with Vineyard Worship USA.

Mike works as a producer, engineer, and mixer at Lucko Sound Studio. Since 1997 he has recorded dozens of local church and sing-songwriter projects including Miami Vineyard Live and Not Be Moved. Mike serves the Vineyard Movement and the church at large with worship team training and production. His blog themikeo.com is focused on the practical heart and skill teaching for the 21st-century worship leader.

Dan Wilt says, “Mike O’Brien is one of the Vineyard’s most articulate communicators on the topic of contemporary worship leadership. His ability to break down complex ideas into memorable phrases and move-forward practices is second-to-none. I wholeheartedly recommend that you have Mike in to work with you, your musicians, and your techs. You won’t regret it; he carries the heart of worship deep within him – and it spills out everywhere.”

Mike is currently a top contributor to WorshipTraining.com, an online training media library for worship teams. He has also done extensive worship team training throughout India. His heart is to come alongside the average worship joe in the trenches and help him or her champion a worship journey vision that serves the local church. Mike earned a B.A in Music from Kennesaw State University and an M.W.S at the Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He lives in Atlanta GA with his wife Susan and son Ezekiel.

Anabeth M

Anabeth Morgan

Anabeth Morgan is the Worship Pastor for the Mile High Vineyard. Originally from a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Anabeth has always loved the church. It was within the walls of the Vineyard Church in Kansas City, MO that she began to feel God tugging on her heart to lead others in worship. With the help of wonderful leaders and friends, she began her journey in worship leading. Her heart is to see God’s Kingdom come to earth so that people would be healed, set free, changed and moved to say “Yes!” to Jesus. She joined the Mile High Vineyard staff in 2011.
In addition to her role at Mile High Vineyard, she serves Vineyard Worship for events and has been featured on numerous Vineyard Worship recordings including “Bringing the World to Life,” “I Love Your Presence – Live from Phoenix,” “Cultivation Generation Live – My Foundation,” “Servant Wide Awake,” and most recently, “Shine On Us - live from Cause Con.” She recently released her first solo record called "A Place Your Glory Dwells" in December of 2017.

Anabeth is a graduate of Mississippi State University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Exercise Science, and Psychology. She and her college sweetheart, Kyle, have been married since 2003. She has one beautiful daughter, Jovie May, and is expecting another baby in September 2018.


JT Meyer

JT Meyer has been part of the Vineyard movement for over twenty five years. He has also worked as a recording engineer, producing and collaborating on several albums, both in the worship and secular space. JT has written dozens of worship songs, which are sung within the local church and worldwide. He has toured with multiple musical projects, providing the opportunity to play music all over the United States, as well as, in South America, Europe and Asia. In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, JT began leading worship for youth groups and young adult ministries within Vineyard Columbus. In 2008, JT was ordained as a pastor at LIFE Vineyard Church where he served for 4 years. In 2012, JT joined the staff of Vineyard Church Delaware County, where he presently serves as Associate Pastor. JT and his wife Laura, live in Delaware, Ohio with their beautiful daughter, Olive.

Naomi L

Naomi Latta

Naomi Latta is a worship leader and intern at the Vineyard Church of Delaware County in Sunbury, Ohio, where she has attended since age 5 when the church was planted. She has been leading corporate worship at the Vineyard for 6 years, but first discovered her love for worship leading in the youth group, where she still serves. She has also had the opportunity to lead worship at the 2018 Southeast Vineyard Worship Leaders Retreat, as well as singing background vocals on Hansen & Meyer's worship album, King of Glory. She is a May 2019 graduate of Miami University's Choral/General Music Education program, has spent the last 10 years studying vocal performance, and has been teaching voice lessons for 2 years. She has a passion for discipleship, raising up young worship leaders, and for equipping worship leaders to maintain healthy and uniquely powerful voices. She lives in Delaware, Ohio with her cat, Bear.


Leo Morales

Leo Morales is a professional musician, guitarist, composer, and producer originally from Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013, Leonardo’s home church of Vineyard Columbus started a Spanish worship service. He has been serving on staff as the worship coordinator for that service as well as a point person for all the media training and events ever since. Leonardo is a certified Guitar Center pro-audio associate and consults with churches in audio and team training in addition to his home studio work. Leonardo, his wife Lilia and their newborn son Elias enjoy making music, building community and traveling the world together. You can check out Leonardo’s website and youtube channel here: www.leonardo-morales.com

Matt Farrand

Matt Farrand
Instructor & Communications

As a pastor’s son in a rural church, Matt grew up running sound, fixing gear, helping lead worship… whatever was needed to make Sundays happen. He was called to worship ministry at an early age and has been leading weekly services for over 20 years.

During that time, Matt has built and scaled systems to facilitate worship at every stage from church plant to large multisite congregations. His experience includes developing young worship leaders, multiplying teams, cultivating a songwriting community, church building projects, sound system design & installation, and helping to launch new locations.

Matt understands bootstrapping, shoestring budgets, strategic thinking, and creative problem-solving. Whether technology, music theory, or theology, he enjoys passing on practical knowledge to other worship leaders. Pastor Rick Olmstead says, “Matt's heart to train and empower others had blessed our church and reinvigorated our worship gatherings on Sundays.”

Matt studied worship arts at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife Teri live in Fort Collins, CO with their daughter Tatum and son Mac where Matt serves as worship pastor at Vineyard Church of the Rockies.

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