Main Stage Presenters
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:
Thursday Night, Opening Celebration
Friday & Saturday Afternoon (repeated), General Workshop
Saturday Night, Closing Celebration
Friday Morning, General Session
Friday & Saturday Afternoon (repeated), General Workshop
Friday Night, Showcase Celebration
PLUS!!! Special Surprise Guests at the
25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday Night, Closing Celebration
Click a name or session title above to meet our amazing featured speakers and to catch a glimpse of what they will be sharing at Karitos '19!
Whether interviewing fans at the international premiere of Stranger Things, covering soccer in Europe, chatting with award winning filmmakers, or working on creative projects for companies like Disney, The Los Angeles Times, and Thomas Nelson, the unique people and perspectives that Alex has come across working as a writer have shaped his faith in so many ways. Alex loves sharing what he’s learned on The Stories Tour podcast and at conferences around the U.S., Australia, and the UK. Alex says, “ I’m not a preacher, and I definitely don’t have all the answers, but I do have some stories to tell about a God who shines bright in a world that’s gray.”
“We’ve been sold things from the day we were born. Buy more. Do more. BE MORE. But what we really need is hope, the kind of hope that holds our hand and leads us through the gray” – Just Hope
Where will I live? What job will I end up with? Who will I marry? As we walk through an absolute desert of unknowns, the young adult years are among the toughest a person will ever face. There are countless sermons telling us to change, to volunteer, to give, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But what people need more than ever is hope. Hope that they’re going to be okay. Hope that God has a plan for them, even when they mess up. Hope that God has seen their tears amid the masses.
Based on Matthew 11:28-30 – where Jesus tells us “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Just Hope encourages listeners to stop struggling to understand God, and instead rest in the fact that God, the maker of the universe, understands them.
From a Whisper to a Shout
“Sometimes when I’m sitting in the back row of my California church, beyond the reach of the stage lights, I wonder if any of these awesome songs and words of hope are reaching past the church parking lot”
– From a Whisper to a Shout
In a world growing darker by the day, God is calling a new generation of pastors, students, filmmakers, musicians, and artists to share His hope in unique ways. In an era where Christianity is cast in a negative light, the time has come to rethink the way we engage with the culture and find our relevance once more.
Based on Matthew 10:27, where God tells us to “shout from the rooftops” what He has “whispered in our ears,” Alex Marestaing encourages audiences to face their insecurities and move forward in the direction they feel God is leading. With inspiring stories of Christians making an impact in the film, publishing, music, and video game industries, Alex hopes to inspire listeners to develop a faith that’s subtle enough to stir souls, wild enough to take risks, and strong enough to break beyond church walls.
Elmer "Charlie Rooster" Yazzie
Born in Shiprock, New Mexico, (’54), Yazzie is an enrolled member of the Navajo tribe. Boyhood days were spent on the reservation, where he was educated both at Shiprock Elementary School and Rehoboth Mission School, later attending Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earning a B.A. in Art Education (’76).
He began his career as a full time art educator for grades K-12, and has developed his own art while teaching full or part time since August of 1976. Yazzie’s art has captured the attention of art appreciators and students world-wide.
Yazzie’s unique use of the yucca plant for his watercolor brushes has brought many opportunities for presentations, lectures, exhibits and seminars. Invited to show and teach in China, Germany, Israel, Belize and throughout North America, he is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. His work as both artist and educator enables the learner to understand his Navajo culture and its artistic expression. Cultural lectures on various art forms of the Navajo are well received at all age levels.
Acrylic and watercolor paintings are the focus of Yazzie’s works. He specializes in painting “sky-scapes” and symbolic life themes in a variety of sizes.
Spirituality permeates Yazzie’s life and his art. In his words, “Art must communicate uniqueness because it is inspired.”
Yazzie resides near Gallup, New Mexico, where he enjoys visiting and conversing about art over a cup of coffee. He teaches art and coaches the cross country teams at Rehoboth Christian School.
God, Human and Life As Art
The more we experience art we learn about God as artist, man as artist and life as art. Uniqueness is the result of an inspirational experience. Creativity is a spiritual journey.
Scriptural References: Genesis 1,2, Exodus 31, Matthew 7, I Corinthians 2, Ephesians 2.
As a way of deepening this year's experience, we are offering two general sessions that will allow you savor being in the Lord's presence even more. Each General Workshop session, attendees may choose one of these two sessions presented by Vivien Hibbert or Alex Marestaing.
by Vivien Hibbert
Judges 1:1-2 God replied, "Judah shall go up first ".
God called the tribe of Judah to go first through the wilderness, into the Promised Land, and often in battle. This tribe was blessed with God's favor, creativity and strength. We need to know why that was, so that we can apply the lessons of Judah to our own artistic and worship ministries. There are many examples of Judah partnering with God in supernatural realms. These same blessings are available to all of God's praising people in these days. Let us shift from the natural to the supernatural; from last to first; from frustration to new layers of creativity in 2019.
by Alex Marestaing
“I don’t think it will be the celebrity Christian that’s going to lead the church to revival. I think it will be the introverts and outsiders sitting in the back row, the artists and idealists with ideas so big they’re scared to share them out loud” – Outside Voices
With nearly 60% of young adults leaving the faith after the age of fifteen, the church is struggling to find its voice. It’s inescapable. The time for reformation level change has come. But who will lead the charge? Will it be someone sermonizing from center stage as in ages past? Or will it be someone else, an unlikely hero sitting in the back row?
Outside Voices makes a case for the outside thinker. Think about it. From the beginning of time, God has chosen outsiders to enact change. A stuttering expat charged with leading Israel out of slavery. A lanky twenty-something who hides among the baggage when God calls him to be king. A terrified teenager tasked with bringing the Son of God into the world. Outside Voices is a call to the painfully unique who long to make a difference, but are seldom given a chance. The artists and musicians with soul-stirring stories instead of sermons. The reluctant revolutionaries with off-the grid with ideas that can shake the world.
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. Currently, she is the instructor of the online School of Worship at the Eagles international Training Institute in Dallas.
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 and is a member of ICE (International Council of Ethnodoxologists).
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," published 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. It is being re-published in 2019! She also has a unique devotional book entitled "Praise Him." In 2015, Vivien has also published ten booklets of her notes on worship and deeper life.
Elizabeth Agre performing in video;
her choreography begins at minute 4:44
Dr. Elizabeth Agre
Dr. Elizabeth Agre is a teacher, choreographer and performer who has danced in many ways throughout the world and is passionate about raising up artists and worshippers who love God. She is a licensed physical therapist working at Johns Hopkins Health Systems with a certification in Performing Arts Medicine Rehabilitation. She has served and toured with Arrows International since 2008, ministering in countries including Costa Rica, India, China, England and New Zealand, experiencing the power of art in countless settings, from inside church buildings to orphanages to the middle of the street. She graduated from the Eagles International Training Institute and Leadership Institute, the Ballet Magnificat! Training Company and the Jubilee Worship Institute, receiving training in the Word as well as techniques including ballet, modern, jazz, tambourines, flags, streamers, mantles and Davidic dance. While with the Jubilee Worship Institute in Costa Rica, she established a lyrical dance program, taught and ministered throughout the region and directed an original story ballet, El Gozo del Gran Rey, incorporating ballet with flags, streamers, tambourines and pantomime. In 2010 she danced in the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem Company for the Feast of the Tabernacles Celebration and ministered across Israel. She co-lead and choreographed for Egeiro Dance Ministry at Immanuel’s Church (Silver Spring, Maryland), co-directed the dance ministry at Ridgeland Family Church (Ridgeland, Mississippi), and served in the Dance Expressive Worship Team at Church on the Rock (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma). She also instructed the Eagles International Pageantry Institute for the 2014-2015 year and has served as a teacher with the Eagles Network since 2014. Performance credits include The Dreamer in The Dream by Jeff Lewis, Snow Queen, Chocolate soloist, Coffee soloist, Candy Cane soloist and Clara’s mother in Nutcracker, Coulante in Sleeping Beauty, Lucille Grahn in Grand Pas de Quatre and Josephina in Scoulo di Ballo. She gives her beloved Jesus all the glory.
As artists and worshipers, we have are positioned to influence and impact. As creatives, we are posed with questions like “How does my journey/past prepare me to advocate for the Lord?”, “What has God given me to champion the cause of the Gospel?”, and “How can I use the gifts invested in me to run to the aid of the people and communities around me?" As the Kingdom of God advances through our broken and wounded world, the lost and the found need artists to facilitate encounters with real truth and real grace. This evening, Elizabeth will look at biblical artists in Bezalel and David to see how they used what the Lord gave them to be creative advocates. Come and understand how WE can use our gifts, our passions and our worship to change how people experience the reality of God.
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