Main Stage Speakers
Each year, Karitos brings the best speakers to share messages of hope, inspiration, and truth about Jesus Christ, God, Holy Spirit, and what the triune God is doing in the Arts. This year, we are so blessed to feature these amazing speakers:
God, Human and Life As Art
Thursday Night, Opening Celebration
Friday Morning, General Session
Friday Evening General Session
A Tribute to Rev. Courtney Hay
Saturday Night, Closing Celebration
Click a name above or scroll down to meet our amazing featured speakers and to catch a glimpse of what they will be sharing at Karitos 18!
Randall Flinn came to faith in Jesus Christ in 1981, working then solely as a professional dance performer and educator. His Biblical discipleship and studies came from his involvement with Turning Point Ministries, Youth With A Mission, Creative Arts Europe, and under the mentorship of leaders such as Colin Harbinson, Doug Stringer, Jim Mills, and the teachings and writings of Francis Schaefer, Hans Rookmaeker, Michael Card, and best of all, the Word of God.
Mr. Flinn has traveled globally lecturing and discipling artists in connection with Lausanne Committee For World Evangelism, YWAM's Global University of The Nations, C.S. Lewis Foundation, Hillsong Church Sydney, Project Dance Foundation, Creative Mission International, Belhaven University, Hill Country Institute, International Science and Faith Conference, Wycliffe, and Life Camp in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Mr. Flinn began his dance training in Houston over twenty five years ago with Glenn Hunsucker, Camille Long Hill, Dina Vail and Patsy Swayze. His most recent modern dance influences have come from studies with The José Limón Dance Company and Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with Martha Graham. He has taught and choreographed locally as a guest artist for the Houston Ballet Academy, The Episcopal High School, Houston Met Dance Company, Joan Karff Dance Company, The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and North Harris Performing Arts Dance Company.
He was selected as a guest choreographer for Houston’s Dance Salad 1999, Dance Houston 2006, and Texas Weekend of Contemporary Dance 2007. Nationally, he has served as guest faculty and choreographer for Cirque Du Soleil’s-Alegria, Ballet Magnificat, Belhaven University, Friends University, Project Dance NYC, LA, and Sydney, Australia, as well as Hillsong and Dance Revolution Conventions.
Having lived throughout Europe and Asia for ten years, Mr. Flinn has also been a guest artist for Hong Kong Ballet, City Contemporary – Hong Kong, Guanzhou Modern Dance Company – China, Xaris Danz Europe, and Youth With a Mission International Schools of the Arts.
Mr. Flinn is the Founder and Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company. Ad Deum is a professional modern/contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas. Mr. Flinn established the company in January 2000. Dancers have come to Ad Deum from around the world seeking to be connected with a community of artists that share a common vision and desire. The mission of Ad Deum is to create and perform excellent and vital works of dance that serve to wash over the heart and soul of humanity with relevant meaning and redemptive hope.
Ad Deum has toured across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Their work has been featured in Dance Spirit and Dance Magazine and they have received outstanding reviews of their performances worldwide. Ad Deum has performed the works of many amazing choreographers including Steve Rooks (former principal dancer with Martha Graham Dance Company), Durell Comedy (José Limón Dance Company), Ryan Corriston (former dancer with Doug Varone), Caleb Mitchell (former Houston Ballet dancer), Hope Boykin, Matthew Rushing, and Freddie Moore (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater), Stephen Wynne (TALK Dance Company), Bill Wade (Inlet Dance Theatre), as well as the works of Mr. Flinn and Ad Deum Company members.
The Path of Redemptive and Relevant Artistry for Cultural and Global Impact
Mr. Flinn will share from his 38 year journey as a professional dance artist and choreographer who has traversed mainstream arts culture, the arts in missions and the arts in the church.
The Orphaned and Priestly Artist.
Mr. Flinn will share both Biblical and personal insights and stories regarding the identity and calling of a Believer-Priest-Servant Artist.
Photos Courtesy of Lancia E. Smith
Author, teacher, musician and worship leader, Vivien Hibbert was born in New Zealand and began full time ministry in 1977 as a teacher of praise and worship. In 1985, Vivien immigrated to the U.S. and has served in full-time pastoral and/or music ministry until today. Vivien is a co-founder of The Worship Arts Conservatory, the first online school of worship. This school was commissioned in 1999 as an online school to aid worship ministers and Christian artists pursue a deeper knowledge of God while learning to use their art for His glory.
In 1997 Vivien was privileged to take part in the Promise Keepers Worship Summit where she was involved in developing a strategy for establishing worship internationally with the goal of unifying diverse cultures. She is a regular faculty member of several worship conferences in the United States and overseas, and regularly teaches at Youth With A Mission both domestically and abroad. As one example of her desire to see the glory of God spread throughout the nations, Vivien was privileged to work with FarsiPraise, Christian converts from Islam, who produce evangelistic teaching and worship for Iranian satellite TV. She longs to see ALL nations, generations and denominations involved in a reformation of worship where God’s presence becomes the primary focus and purpose of Church gatherings. Vivien has ministered in over twenty nations.
Vivien has many years of experience in a wide variety of ministries including teaching in church services, bible schools, prisons, hospitals, conferences, retreats, women’s conferences, youth meetings in any nation or denomination. It is her joy to serve the Body of Christ and call them to deeper worship and intimacy with Him.
Vivien has produced several music tapes over the years. Her most recent musical project is titled "Songs From The Father’s Heart," an inspirational instrumental soaking CD based on the songs the Father sings over each of us. This CD was recorded in Norway in 2013 along with other worship musicians. Another CD, "Shepherd's Suite," is a soaking CD based on Psalm 23. This music gives you a foundation to wait on the Lord - meditating on each verse of this beautiful Shepherd Psalm. In 2016 Vivien began a CD project that is intended as a prayer CD with the sounds of many nations.
Vivien's book, "Prophetic Worship," released in July of 1999, continues to be an excellent and insightful resource on worship. You will find depths of teaching and revelation in this insightful book. She also has a devotional book entitled "Praise Him." In 2015, Vivien issued eight booklets of her notes on worship and deeper life.
In 2014, Vivien moved from Sandy, Utah, where she attended The Fellowship, a non-denominational Spirit-filled Church. She now lives in Texarkana, Arkansas, where she is working to further develop resources for worship ministry. She attends Living Waters.
What on Earth is God Doing?
A look at God's master plan for the nations through a study of 7 supernatural things He is doing in the mountains (nations) throughout the earth.
J. Scott McElroy
Scott is an author, speaker, arts advocate, voiceover artist and visual artist based in Indianapolis.
Scott is the author of The Creative Church Handbook: Releasing the Power of the Arts in Your Congregation (InterVarsity Press, April 2015) and Finding Divine Inspiration: Working with the Holy Spirit in Your Creativity (Destiny Image, 2008). His articles are carried on many websites, including Crosswalk.com, Burnsidewriters.com, and all of the websites in the Salem Network.
Scott speaks nationally on the arts in the church, spiritual formation for the artist, learning to hear God’s voice, awakening the creativity of God that lives in every person, The New Renaissance and more. His schedule is listed HERE. Contact him for a seminar, workshop or speaking engagement at Scott (at) TheNewR.org
Scott advocates for the arts in the church, The New Renaissance and the spiritual journey of artists through speaking, writing, media interaction, personal meetings. Arts advocacy is also his primary role as founder of The New Renaissance Arts Movement and as Director of Arts at the Vineyard Church, Indianapolis, as well as with the Vineyard Arts Community, USA.
As a voiceover artist, he hosted the Animal Planet TV series, “Wildlife Journal”, 7am Eastern weekdays from 2004-2007. He is heard on national TV commericals, video games, websites and more.
Scott works with acrylics while painting live during church services. He prefers watercolors for personal expression, and enjoys physical design projects. He calls himself a “developing artist” in all these mediums.
Scott’s career in radio spanned 28 years and included on-air, promotions, production and voice work at WCFL and WLUP (The Loop) in Chicago and WENS, WYXB, WNOU and HANK-FM in Indianapolis.
For 14 years, he produced and choreographed an annual fireworks-to-music show, “SkyConcert”, simulcast on WISH TV 8 (CBS) and WENS and HANK-FM and viewed by several hundred thousand people.
As a film critic Scott delivered weekly reviews on radio, TV and in NUVO Newsweekly for several years.
He’s married to Danielle and has a daughter, Hailee and a son, Kaia.
The Gift and Power of Imagination
Scott will help us appreciate and grasp one of the most important gives we have from God: Imagination. The power of the imagination is one of the greatest abilities humans possess. Its products, including the arts, can communicate across all boundaries. Activating the imagination is a key to learning and growth. Jesus knew this, which is why he often taught in parables. How can Christ-following artists develop our own redeemed imaginations and stimulate the imaginations of others so God’s love and presence can be more fully known in the world?
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