The Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) works in cooperation with Mo-Ranch to bring this annual summer worship and music conference. Guided by the principles of Reformed worship, attendees explore opportunities for vital worship experiences and enriching the liturgical life of the local church.
2018 theme: “Building a bigger table for the people of God”
With friends, colleagues, inspiring preachers, worship leaders and nationally recognized faculty, we will gather together in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
It’s wonderful to make space at your table for others, however, at this conference we will explore what it means to BUILD a table that accommodates and welcomes everyone.
From the temporarily abled to those who face challenges seen and unseen, race, socio-economic status, orientation, the list goes on…
All God’s children are welcome and wanted. Come to the table—we are building a space just for you.
This Mo-Ranch/PAM Conference is made possible through grants from the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, the Office of Theology and Worship of the PC(USA) and Mo-Ranch’s Distinguished Speakers Fund.
Mo/PAM Leadership 2018
Nicholas Yoda, Preacher
The Reverend Dr. K. Nicholas Yoda grew up in Marietta, Georgia. He considers himself a “cradle to grave” Presbyterian (who else would be in attendance at a General Assembly Meeting on their tenth birthday to bear witness to the reunion of the PCUS and the UPC?) where he attending the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta until he graduated from Seminary. Since his ordination on May 31,1998, Nicholas has served churches in South Carolina and Ohio. Nicholas also teaches in the Department of Theology at Xavier University, serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and enjoys his wife, Christa, and their two children, Aidan and Rylee.
Jenny McDevitt, Liturgist/Adult Bible Leader
Probably more than anything else, she is a collector of stories (yours) and a teller of stories (ours, including that great Gospel story). She is the pastor of pastoral care at Village Church in KC, with additional responsibilities in worship planning and liturgical art. She is a slow runner, an avid reader and a terrible gardener. She’s been vegetarian since the eighth grade. She believes language can both hurt and heal, and so she works hard to use her poetic powers for good. And last but certainly not least, she can’t wait to meet you.
Adam Tice, Routley Lecturer
While he currently describes himself as a freelance writer/editor, he has also worked as a pastor, choir director, and marionette puppeteer. He has a seven-year-old son and a spouse who works hard to support his writing habit. In his free time, he enjoys biking and climbing, although the latter activity is significantly curtailed by living in Indiana.
Eric Wall, Conference Organist
Eric Wall is assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary—a role he began in January of 2016. He oversees the worship life of the campus, is the seminary musician and teaches courses related to church music and worship. He is also the conference center musician for Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina, where he spends the summer season overseeing the music for summer worship—directing the summer staff choir, offering concerts and lectures. From 1998 to 2015, he was director of music at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to this position, he was taught music at the Asheville School (1994-1998).
Eric has contributed to Call to Worship, the journal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship, The Christian Century and to the Hymn Society’s journal The Hymn. He regularly serves the larger church by providing music and planning leadership for a variety of conferences and gatherings, and by serving as a music and worship consultant for other Presbyterian churches. He has taught as an adjunct at Columbia Theological Seminary and served as a music and worship consultant in various congregational settings. He holds memberships in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and the American Guild of Organists (Dean of Western North Carolina Chapter, 2009 – 2011). He received a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1991 and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 1993—both from Florida State University.
Joshua Taylor, Adult Choir Director
Josh Taylor is the director of worship and music at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. He is the father of Hannah (5) and Catherine (3), and husband to Diana (10 years now!). They have celebrated many of their anniversaries at Mo-PAM over the years—along with the Van Valkenburgs who share the same date. He is a huge Texas Rangers fan. He is also a member of the PAM Executive Board and has been so blessed by the many opportunities this organization has given him over the years. He lives with a form of a Muscular Dystrophy, know as Charcot-Marie-Tooth, so the 2018 theme is particularly meaningful to him.
Diana Taylor, Children’s Choir Director
Diana Taylor serves as the director of children’s music at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. She is also the music teacher at Moss Haven Elementary in Richardson ISD. Her passion as a music teacher is helping children find their God-given singing voice and leading them to discover how music can enrich their lives. When she is not leading children in music-making, she can be found at home or exploring the town with her two children, ages 3 and 5, and her husband, Josh Taylor.
Phillip Shoultz, Youth Choir Director
Known for his innovative pedagogy and ability to inspire singers of all ages, G. Phillip Shoultz, III, enjoys a multifaceted career as conductor, educator, singer and speaker. Phillip is the associate conductor of VocalEssence where he shares the podium with founding artistic director and mentor, Philip Brunelle, and serves as the leader for education programs including WITNESS, ¡Cantaré! and the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project. In addition to his work with VocalEssence, he serves as director of music, worship and the arts for Good Samaritan United Methodist Church and frequently appears throughout the U.S. as a guest clinician, adjudicator and consultant.
The winner of the 2015 American Choral Directors Association Graduate Student Conducting Competition, Phillip appeared as a conducting fellow with the Oregon Bach Festival, Chorus America, Choral Music Experience Institute and several other summer programs. He has prepared choirs for performances in Canada, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico and Russia. Recently, he guest conducted the Manhattan Chorale in New York City and was also named as a 2017 ACDA International Conductors’ Exchange Program Participant, which will afford him the opportunity to travel extensively in Central and South America.
Phillip completed his doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Minnesota (D.M.A.) and also earned degrees with high honors from the University of Georgia (B.A. and B.M.) and Georgia State University (M.M.). During his time in Atlanta, he served as artistic director to an adult community choir (Gwinnett Choral Guild) and youth organization (Atlanta Institute for Musicianship and Singing), founding director of the Georgia Young Men’s Ensemble, a part of the Grammy Award–winning Gwinnett Young Singers and the assistant director for the professional chamber choir, Coro Vocati. His work in public schools garnered school- and county-level Teacher of the Year honors on three separate occasions by different organizations.
Phillip enjoys biking, boxing and all things related to sports and food. A proud member of the VoiceCare Network, Phillip believes every person can experience great joy through singing and passionately encourages exploration of body, mind and voice through corporate singing experiences. Phillip lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota with his wife, Michelle and their three-year-old son, Malachi.
Rhonda Fuelberth, Intergenerational Choir Director
Rhonda Fuelberth works with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Go Big Red! She teaches classes in choral music education and music and special education. Rhonda also teaches/conducts the campus soprano/alto choir, University Chorale. UNL really gives her the opportunity to work in all of the areas which she is really passionate. For the past four years, Rhonda has been serving as artistic and program director for i2Choir—Inclusive, Intergenerational, Exponentially Better Together. The i2Choir is an effort to open choral singing opportunities to individuals who have a variety of physical, sensory and cognitive challenges, as well as those who support them through their friendship and musicianship. She believes music is music—that no matter our specialization, the unifying elements of music make us more alike than different. She also believes people are people—that no matter our abilities or disabilities, the unifying elements of being human make us more alike than different. She has a wonderful husband, Dean, and two amazing children, Elissa (17) and Hayden (15).
David VanderMeer, Handbell Director
David has been the director of music and fine arts ministries at Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, GA since 2001. David conducts three handbell choirs, the Chancel Choir, oversees the graded choir program, Liturgical/Visual Arts Ministries and partcipates in weekly worship planning. David has been conference director and on faculty for many PAM Worship & Music Conferences. He served on the National Board of Directors of Handbell Musicians of America and is the President-Elect of PAM. David is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and is pursuing the master of arts in practical theology (Worship Concentra on) degree from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.
Shawna Bowman, Visual Artist/Art Instructor
Growing up in small town Iowa, Shawna used to get in trouble for drawing “too loud” in church. Music, crafts, woodworking and sewing projects are the life-blood of her family and she was just pitching in with her best gifts. As Shawna grew so did her love for art-making, theatre and storytelling, and now she believes these are essential ways of engaging in worship and ministry. She received a dual degree from Iowa Wesleyan College in studio art and art education in 2000 and taught art in public schools in Iowa for six years. She then moved her whole family (three kids) to Chicago for seminary and received her M.Div from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2006.
Shawna is a partner and parent and she lives with her spouse, Jennie, and their three kids in the Edgewater hood of Chicago. She is an artist, pastor and activist. She is convinced that our urge to create is one of the most important ways that we are made in God’s image. She works with communities and organizations to create art as an act of worship and/or public theology, and loves facilitating community experiences that help folks re-imagine the role of art in their lives and ministry. Recently, Shawna co-founded Creation Lab—a co-working studio space that is also an arts and faith incubator—and is a solo-pastor doing ministry with the creative and quirky folks at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago.
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Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.
What Do I Bring?
You may want to bring a Bible, notebook, flashlight, comfortable walking shoes, casual clothing, tennis equipment, swimsuit, water shoes, rain gear, camera, lidded cup or mug/water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Conference check-in is 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Mabee Building on Sunday, June 17. Dinner is served from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and the opening worship service begins at 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening.
The conference concludes following worship on Thursday evening. Lodging fees include housing and meals, Sunday evening-Friday morning.
Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.
If you need shuttle service from the San Antonio Airport to Mo-Ranch, please contact the PAM Office for information.
Questions about the 2018 Music & Worship Conference?
Contact the PAM Office:
Presbyterian Association of Musicians
888-728-7228, ext. 5288