ABOUT Rev. Dr. Byron Spradlin, President, Artists in Christian Testimony Intl

As of Dec 31, 2018 there are in association with A.C.T. Intl 349 Ministry Departments and 500 people [107 Full-time, 153 Bi-vocational, 48 Volunteer, 106 On-going Project, 22 Short-term Project, & 64 Staff Candidates doing ministry in 30 countries (Asia [a creative access area], Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cameroon, England, Germany, Great Britain, Egypt, France, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Liberia, Lebanon, Middle East, North Africa countries [creative access areas], Russia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, & Uganda) and in 35 States in the USA (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, & Wisconsin). Also, there are 14 other Coalition Ministries informally associated with A.C.T. Intl.

 He Also Serves As . . .

-Professor of Worship, Imagination & the Arts at Williamson College, Franklin, TN; 2010-01 – to present

-International Senior Associate for the ARTS, for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization (The Lausanne Movement)
2012-05 – present; (www.Lausanne.org)

-Board Vice-Chair of the international Jews for Jesus ministry, headquartered in San Francisco, CA (founding Board Chair 1973-2008, Vice-Chair 2009 to present), (www.jewsforjesus.org)

-Board Member, WorldVenture Mission; (2014-05 to present)

Arts & Entertainment Affinity Group Coordinator for the Mission American Coalition (Lausanne USA) (2013-02 – present) (http://www.missionamerica.org/Brix?pageID=12737)

-Master Certified Worship Ministry Coach, and has developed coaching curriculum for Worship Ministry Coaching, & Life -Coaching for artists/culture-creatives.

-Master Certified Worship-Ministry Coach

-Certified Church Planter Coach

-Master Certified Biblical Life Coach

-Master Certified Artist-Life Coach

His Ministry Experience Spans Over 40 years & Includes …

–Ordination as a Baptist minister, Feb., 1980 by Village Baptist Church, Beaverton, OR, USA.

–Church planter & founding Lead Pastor of New Hope Community Church, Rancho Cucamonga, CA [which he saw grow to 500 in five years, 1986-1994]

–Minister of Worship, Community Baptist Church , Alta Loma, CA [where he saw the church grow from 200 to 1500 in five years; 1981-1986]

–former Adjunct Faculty, Western Baptist Seminary, Portland, OR as co-founder of the Master of Church Music degree there; 1978-1980]

–Director of music ministry teams for the international Continental Singers ministry . . . to 20 mission fields [1970-1971]

–Recording Artist on Ralph Carmichael’s Light Label, (Edge of Drifting released January, 1971 & distributed on Word Record Club for three years)–one of the first solo artists on Light Records (1971) when what we now know as contemporary Christian music was just beginning;

–Itinerant Evangelism & Missions work in over forty countries

–Bible Teaching & Christian Leadership Training internationally [six continents]

–Youth Pastor and Youth Music, First Baptist Church, Richmond, CA in the early 1970’s [where he saw the yourth group grow from 15 to 130 in two years; 1971-1973]

–Campus Christian Student Leader (volunteer) with Campus Crusade for Christ at University of California at Davis, 1968-1971, including contemporary worship and music evangelism

–a four-time All American [NCAA Div. 2] Track and Cross-country runner at University of California at Davis; & the 1970 US National Champion in the 3000 Meter Steeplechase event [NCAA Div. 2]

Rev. Spradlin Holds the Following Degrees:

– a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations (1971) from University of Californian, Davis, CA campus

– a Master of Church Music degree (1977) from Western Baptist Seminary Portland, OR

– a Master of Divinity degree in Missions (1978) from Western Baptist Seminary Portland, OR

– a Doctor of Ministry in Worship Studies (2012), Liberty University and Theological Seminary, Lynburg, VA.

Plus – – studies for the Master of Theology degree (abd) in Intercultural Studies, Contextual Worship in Church Growth & World Evangelization (1995-1997) at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission, Pasadena, CA

His Specialties and Experience include . . .Music, Worship and the Arts in ministry · the integration of worship in Church Growth, Church Planting, regional ministry strategy · Music, Worship and the Arts in missions, cross-cultural communication, and contextualization · Theology of Worship · Contextual Communication & the Arts in Ministry; · Worship, Music and the Arts in a post-modern world · Non-Profit Ministry Organization Development.

His Associations . . .Evangelical Theological Society · Great Commission Research Network · Gospel Music Association · National Association of Evangelicals · International Council of Ethnodoxologists · International Association of Artists in Christian Testimony · National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) · American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Dr. Spradlin’s Speaking Itinerary Has Included:

-Urbana ’81, ’84, ’87, ’90, ’00–“Music and the Arts in Missions”

-Denver Theological Seminary–“The Role of Worship in Church Growth”

-The Annual IFMA/EFMA Mission Executives Conferences “The State of Music and the Arts in Missions”

-First Baptist Church of Modesto, CA’s “World Outreach Festival”

-The National Network of Youth Ministries’ Forum–Aspen CO.

-Missionary Internship Detroit, MI-“Culturally Appropriate Worship & Communication”

-Spanish Language Institute, Costa Rica, ’85, ’87, ’89–“Appropriate Worship & Communication in Missions”

-International Church of Kinshasa, Zaire

Japan Church Growth Institute, ’90, ’92 (Okinawa, Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo)

-Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA

-Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

-Biola University. La Mirada, CA

-Gordon College, MA

-Ontario Bible College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

-Emanuel Bible College, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

-Park Street Church, International Student’s Department, Boston, MA

-Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, CA

-Greenville College, Greenville, IL

-Community Baptist Church, Alta Loma, CA

-Southern Gables Church, Littleton , CO

-Christian Artists Seminar, Estes Park, CO, 1981, 94,95, 96, 97, 98

-American Society for Church Growth, 11th Annual Meetings; Kansas City, KS on the topic Worship and Church Growth

-Ward Presbyterian Church, Northville, MI Missions Weekend on “Worship: The Core Motive for God’s World Mission”

-ACMC—Michigan Winter Conference 1998, National Conference 2000 “Leading Your Church into Missions Through the Ministry of Worship”

-South Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Littleton, CO

-Redlands Christian Reformed Church, Redlands CA

-Babbie Mason Music Conference 98, Atlanta, GA

ArtReach 1997, 1998, 1999 Houston, TX

-Evangelical Missiological Society, Annual Meetings 1999 on the topic Music and the Arts in Missions

Beirut, Lebanon Worship & Arts Ministry Training Conference ‘99

-Jews for Jesus Midwest Ingathering, Nov., 1999

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Class: Michigan-Chapters 12 & 14; Tennessee-Chapter 14; Colorado-Chapter 1

-Community Bible Church, Strawberry Point, IA, “Worship: The Core Motive for God’s World Mission

-Naperville Bible Church, Naperville, IL; Worship in the Life of the Believer

-Berean Bible Church, Columbus, IN; Year 2000 Mission Conference

-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Jewish Missions Leadership; Glen Erie, Co Leadership 2000 Conference

Ad Deum Dance Intensive, Houston, TX; Building Your Arts Ministry to Last a Lifetime—2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Advancing Church’s Mission Commitment (ACMC) National Conference; Yr 2000 in Dallas, TX

-Pune, India School of Performing Arts—YWAM, 2000

-Southern Baptist’s International Mission Board 2000 Leaders Conference, Chiang Mai, Thailand

School of Music & Worship, YWAM-Nashville 2000, 2001, 2003

Japan Christian Arts Network 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Worship Conference, Tokyo, Japan

Kurumei Bible Church, Tokyo area, Japan, September, 2002

Worship Northwest Worship Conference, Salem, OR, January, 2003

Asian Access Mongolia Pastors Training, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia, July, 2003

-McLean Bible Church, McLean, VA Creative Arts Department’s The Arts in Ministry, Fall, 2003

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Lecturer, since the mid-80’s (California, Colorado, Michigan, Tennessee)

-Japan Christian Artists Networking conference keynote speaker 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

-Ishibashi Christian Church, Osaka, Japan Conference on Worship, October, 2005

-Japan speaking tour 2006, “Worship in the Life of the Believer” Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo

-Biola Media Conference workshop presenter, April, 2006

-Arab Baptist Theological Seminary, Beirut, Lebanon, 2006 Spring lectures

-Golbal Consultation on Music in Missions conference, Bethel University, Summer2007

-Gospel Music Association’s “Music in theRockies” morning speaker 2007

-Mission ConneXion Northwest 2008, “Artists in Missions” workshops

MissionFest Toronto, Toronto, ON Canada 2008 “Artists in Missions” workshops

-Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) 2008 Christian Musicians Conference

-Lecturer 2008 in Masters/DMin classes at the Center for Worship, Liberty Universtiy Seminary, Lynchburg, VA; Feb & July

-Worship Ensemble Coordinator, the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization Cape Town 2010 event; Cape Town South Africa, Oct 2010.

-Worship Leader, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization international leaders gathering, Gordon Conwell Seminary, Wenham, MA; June 2011.

-Instructor for the Pakistani YWAM National Leadership training sessions, London, England; September, 2011.

-Lectureship for Ukrainian Evangelical Theological Seminary, Kiev, Ukrain; Nov, 2012.