WATS Instructors
Mike Overlin
Mike Overlin
WATS Director
 
 

Mike Overlin is the Manager of Worship Resources for Yamaha Corporation of America, and a worship leader and consultant with the Free Methodist Church in Southern California. A professional musician all his life, he served two tours of duty with the United States Air Force Band, earned two gold records for audio engineering and lead a band at Disneyland for many years.

In addition, Mike is a sought after fine art, portrait and event photographer specializing in worship concerts and iconic photography. He is the author of the book Photography in Worship ... the art and science of iconic imagery.

His heart is for resourcing the church and her artists.

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Jacob Cody
Jacob Cody
House of Worship Marketing Manager - Yamaha Commercial Audio

Jacob has been on board with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems since November of 2008. His current role as House of Worship Marketing Manager focuses on overseeing and organizing trade shows and conference logistics for worship events as well as market research with an emphasis on training.

Prior to joining YCAS, Jacob served on the worship team as a mix engineer and musician at the 12,000-member Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, Calif. supporting over six venues on the church campus specifically with their digital consoles. He has worked as an audio tech for ABC and ESPN Sports and spent four years as a freelance contractor/engineer.

Jacob’ s wide range of experience combined with his deep involvement in the house of worship community makes him the perfect fit for a leadership role at Yamaha.

Tim Vear
Tim Vear
Senior Applications Engineer - Shure

Tim is a native of the south side of Chicago (Go White Sox!). A lifelong interest in both entertainment and science has led to the field of audio as his choice for combining these interests in a useful way. Prior to joining Shure he worked as an engineer for recording, radio and live sound, operated his own recording studio and sound company, and continues to play music professionally. He holds a BS degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, with a minor in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. While at the University, Tim also worked as chief technician with both the Speech and Hearing Science and Linguistics departments. 

Since joining Shure in 1984, Tim has served in a technical support and training capacity for several departments. He has been active in product and applications education for Shure customers, dealers, and installers, as well as company staff. His major goal has been to increase the understanding of quality audio by presenting technical information in a way that is thorough but still very accessible. Tim’s particular emphasis is on the contribution of proper selection and technique for both wired and wireless microphones. 

In addition, Tim has done technical presentations for many industry organizations (NAB, NAMM, AES, and SBE), as well as for US government entities such as the White House Communication Agency and the US Air Force. Through his international assignments he has been fortunate to be able to deliver presentations in more than twenty countries and on all but one of the continents (still waiting for an offer from Antarctica…). He has provided specific applications assistance to various performing artists including the Rolling Stones and U2 and for theme parks such as Disney and Universal Studios.

While at Shure, Tim has authored several educational booklets including “Selection and Operation of Wireless Microphone Systems” and “Audio Systems Guide for Houses of Worship.”

His articles have also appeared in Recording Engineer Producer, Live Sound Magazine, Pro AV, Technologies for Worship, and Church Sound Magazine.

Harold Rubens
Harold Rubens
Front-of-House Engineer - Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa, Brandon Heath

Harold Rubens brings over 25 years of mixing experience. From mixing Front Of House currently for Steven Curtis Chapman, Mandisa and Brandon Heath, to working in the studio as a recording engineer and mixer. Harold has also worked both for, and along side some of today’s more notable churches such as Second Baptist Houston, Woodlands Church and The Brooklyn Tabernacle. When not touring, Harold has been invited to teach at several conferences, classes and regularly consults with production teams in local churches and actively designs and tunes audio system for houses of worship and live music venues across the country. Harold has also mixed FOH for Phillips, Craig & Dean, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Andrew Peterson (BTLOG Tour), Matt Maher, The Afters, Josh Wilson, Jason Gray, Laura Story, Chris August, Caedmon’s Call, Citizens Way, Unspoken, Robbie Seay Band, Charlie Hall Band and
many others.

Harold uses Yamaha digital consoles, SMAART audio software and Westone In-Ear Monitors.


Twitter: @haroldrubens
Instagram: @haroldrubens
Facebook: facebook.com/haroldrubens

Scott Ragsdale
Scott Ragsdale
Front of House Engineer - Willow Creek Church

Scott Ragsdale has been involved in music and audio production for more than 28 years.   Starting when he was 18 he played keyboards in a well-regarded 80‘s rock cover band.  Once he hung up his parachute pants he worked as a stagehand, system tech, & monitor engineer for a local sound company in the St. Louis area.  For the last 18 years he has focused on becoming a premiere Front of House Engineer for one of America's leading churches as well as touring with contemporary Christian artists and evangelists.
 â€¨Some additional highlights of his career include mixing Oprah Winfrey’s “Surprise Spectacular” at the United Center in Chicago. Featuring a mind-boggling array of artists like: Jackie Evancho, Pattie Labelle, Josh Groban, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Rosie O’Donnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and Usher, Scott’s FOH mix received rave reviews. He has also skillfully mixed a 60-piece orchestra, including the brass section from Phil Collin’s touring band, as well as a 100-voice choir.  

In addition to mixing, one of Scott’s other passions is educating. Over the past 10 years Scott has taught hundreds about the tips, techniques and solid audio methods he’s learned over his career. His talks are practical and full of real-life experiences that most sound engineers can relate to and learn from.

Scott's experience includes:

Full Time Audio Director/ FOH Engineer - Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago, IL. http://monsterchurch.com/Willow_Production/Home.html

Lincoln Brewster, Worship Artist - FOH live events

Joyce Meyer Ministries /with Special Event Services (SES)

Integrity Music Projects

Other mixing projects:
Delirious?, CeCe Winans, Matt Redman, David Crowder Band, Charlie Hall, Take 6, Robbie Seay Band, Darlene Zchech & Hillsong, Watermark, Kirk Franklin & Kendall Payne

Lee Fields
Lee Fields
Front of House Engineer for Lincoln Brewster

Lee Fields is a veteran behind the audio console, putting his decade of experience to work mixing Front of House for Lincoln Brewster. Over his career, he has also mixed for  Kutless, Disciple, and Red. As an educator Lee teaches audio and production at William Jessup University and is invited to speak at conferences and trade events across the nation, engaging his passion to equip and train engineers at every level, especially in the local Church.    

Lee serves as the audio director at Bayside Church in Northern California, a church of 12,000 weekly attenders. He also endorses and consults for companies like Yamaha Commercial Audio, Waves, Line6, and Westone in-ear monitors. .

You can connect with Lee on Twitter at @leefields

Carl Albrecht
Carl Albrecht
Drum Instructor
 

Carl has been a professional drummer & percussionist for over 30 years. He has a Bachelors of Music Degree in Composition and Arranging with an emphasis in percussion studies from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. He has played on over 80 Integrity Music projects; Maranatha Praise Band recordings 7 thru 10, & numerous other Christian, Pop, Country, Jazz, & Commercial projects.

Carl has worked with such artist as Ron Kenoly, Don Moen, Paul Baloche, Brian Doerkson, Kathryn Scott, Leann Albrecht, Nick Myers, Robin Mark, Lenny LeBlanc, Bob Fitts, Paul Wilbur, Alvin Slaughter, Darrell Evans, Phil Driscoll, Koinonia, Abe Laboriel & Friends, Kim Hill, Paul Overstreet, LeAnn Rimes, Connie Smith, Don Potter, Jason Upton, Travis Cottrell, Tom Lane, Tim Hughes, the jazz group – Quad Venti, the Joe Gross Quartet, and many others.

He currently lives in Nashville doing recording sessions, producing, and writing, as well as continuing to do various tours & seminar events.

Carl officially endorses & "uses" YAMAHA Drums; SHURE microphones, PRESONUS pre-amps, and CUBASE recording software.. He also "unofficially" endorses VATER drumsticks, MEINL cymbals & percussion instruments, & REMO drum heads.

 
Leann Albrecht
Leann Albrecht
Worship Leader and Recording Artist- Vocal Instructor

"There are songwriters, and then there are poets who match their words to music. There are worship leaders, and then there are people experienced in the presence of God but with the human touch. And there are teachers, but then there are people who draw from a well dug in seasons of passion and trial. Leann Albrecht is the best of each of these and I am thankful beyond words that she belongs to our generation"

Stephen Mansfield - New York Times - Best Selling Author

 

"Leann Albrecht is one of the most gifted vocalists I know. Her beautiful alto voice is recognizable around the world. I have known Leann and toured with her for over 25 years and during that time she has participated in countless worship projects, both "live" and in the studio. Her musical and spiritual sensitivity, gained through many years of experience have set her apart from many others. It is an honor and a privilege to recommend her ministry to you."

Don Moen, Worship Leader and Writer

Leann Albrecht is an artist and worship leader, speaker and writer. In addition to her four solo CDs, she has sung on hundreds of albums in the past 25 years and has performed on over 80 Integrity Worship albums alone, making her the voice of favorites like "I Worship You" and, "But for Your Grace", and "In the Arms of His Love".

The daughter of a pastor, Leann has been touring and singing since she was 14. At the age of 20 she embarked on her first world tour, which escorted her into recording sessions for albums and commercials. She has also recorded with artists such as, John Tesh, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman, Avalon, Women of Faith, Michael W. Smith, Darlene Zschech, Don Moen, Paul Wilbur, Matthew Ward, Kim Hill, Ron Kenoly, Twila Paris and many others.

Singing in the Church since she was a child, Leann is no stranger to ministry and music. In fact, she has been leading worship for over 25 years, and has been a worship leader with Worship International, Women of Faith, Maranatha Praise Band, Renewing the Heart, and Integrity's Seminars4Worship. Leann was a worship leader for 11 years at Belmont Church in Nashville. Because of her passion for worship, she has also taken ministry teams to Italy 9 times where she leads worship in Italian, singing songs from her compilation Italian worship project, "Lode dal Cuore".

Leann has four solo CDs which are: Verses for the King - Scripture put to song, Pour Your Spirit Out - Live praise and worship, The Greatest Gift - Jazz Christmas, and You Are The One - Songs of intimate worship. She has released her first book - Screaming On The Inside - memoirs of her faith, stories of her healing journey from screaming on the inside to the pain-free zone. Leann is currently writing for her new CD, Mighty And Glorious, soon to be released.

In 2013, Leann became an adjunct professor for The National Praise and Worship Institute at Trevecca University in Nashville, teaching voice.

Leann and her husband, Carl, are ordained ministers of the gospel. They pastor The Well of Nashville that meets every Tuesday night at 7PM at Scarritt Bennett in Nashville. She resides in Nashville, TN with her husband of 30 years.

www.leannalbrecht.com

Ed Kerr
Ed Kerr
KeyBoard Instructor
 

Ed Kerr has been a professional songwriter and recording artist for over two decades. He’s earned a Master's Degree in piano performance and for 13 years was a lead vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player for Harvest, a popular contemporary Christian music band. More than 100 of the songs he has written have recorded by Integrity Music. His playing is featured on "Rock of Ages", "I Walk By Faith", and "Forever", recordings in Maranatha!Music's popular Praise Band series. He lives in Bremerton, WA with his wife Carey, son Cameron and daughter Natalie. He is the worship pastor at newlife in Silverdale, WA. In Outreach Magazine's recently published list of the 100 Fastest-Growing Churches in America", newlife was #36 on the list. Ed invites you to come visit if you're ever in the Seattle area! Ed teaches in Yamaha Music’s Worship Arts Technology Summits (WATS) and in worship conferences around the country.

 
Tom Lane
Tom Lane
Guitar/Worship Leader
 

Tom lives in Nashville, TN with wife Patty, where he has been involved in ministry and music around the world as a recording artist, producer, songwriter, guitar player, session musician and singer the past 25 years. In that time he has been teamed with more than 80 artists and worship leaders including Matt Redman, Tim Hughes, Paul Baloche, Don Moen, Amy Grant, Twila Paris, Leeland and many others.

He has penned songs like “Pour Out Your Spirit Lord” and “Where Angels Fear To Tread” and his latest solo release is entitled, “Set Free My Heart”. Tom also heads The Bridge A Joseph Co., a Music and Missions Organization, leads worship and is Director of Missions at his home church in Nashville, and writes regularly for various worship publications worldwide.

 
Aaron Williamson
Aaron Williamson
Bass Instructor

Aaron Williamson is a professional bass player, currently playing for the award winning new group 33Miles. He graduated from the University of Mobile with a Church Music degree. He now works part-time at the University of Mobile arranging and rehearsing their top vocal group Voices of Mobile. Studio work, teaching private lessons, and traveling with worship leaders and artists makes up Aaron's last half decade. He lives in Mobile, AL with his wife Rachel who just gave birth to their first baby.

Aaron has played with 33 Miles, Don Moen, Paul Baloche, Lenny LeBlanc, Leann Albrecht, Jared Anderson, Jason Breland, Joel Auge, Aaron Keyes, Michael John Clement, Isreal Houghton. Michael W. Smith, Steven Hurd and Alicia Garcia Williamson.

Michael Hodge
Michael Hodge
Guitar Instructor
 

Michael is a California native, and has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance. He is a Recording Artist, Writer, Producer and Engineer. He has played guitar on hundreds of songs for artists in the CCM and Pop markets. 

Currently Michael is on staff at Lakewood Church in Houston Texas. He plays on the worship team there and leads the monthly Lakewood Musician’s Gathering to raise up young musicians. Michael and his wife Carrie have lead worship and conferences in Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and the Middle East. They have a passion for the Presence of God in Worship. Michael is also a regular contributor to Christian Musician Magazine.

 
Brad Zimmerman
Brad Zimmerman
Church Media Design TV - Media Instructor

Brad Zimmerman is the host of ChurchMediaDesign.tv, A resource website and internet tv show with tutorials, inspiration and free content for people working with media in the local church, you may also recognize him from the ProPresenter 5 video tutorials. He's taught on media, tech and creativity at well-known conferences such as Echo, Create, and Gurus of Tech. Brad has an incredible wife, a beautiful daughter, enjoys collecting bobbleheads and is the creative communications director at Watermark Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.

ChurchMediaDesign.tv
Twitter.com/cmdtv
Facebook.com/bradley.zimmerman

Camron Ware
Camron Ware
Media/Lighting instructor
 

Camron Ware is the founder of Visual Worshiper, a design consulting company that guides and mentors churches through the journey of what visual worship means in the Church today, and how and why to use technology in worship to tell visual stories. Environmental Projection is a foundational and innovative tool of Visual Worshiper, and churches and events throughout the country are implementing this powerful and cost-effective technology.

Camron is also a freelance lighting designer and VJ, with a heart and passion for visual worship leading; using technology and environments to create authentic, engaging, transformational experiences during worship. Camron Designs visual experiences for churches, tours, and artists like Planet Wisdom, Catalyst OneDay (Dallas), and Kari Jobe.