Worship Leader. Singer/Songwriter. Teacher. Blogger. Mentor. Yes, many things can be said about this young man but his sole identity is found in being a son, a servant, and a student. It is from that place that he desires to love God and love people deeply. He lives by his personal mantra which states, “A distorted view of the Father naturally results in distorted worship.” So with this in mind, he wants that through his ministry or life, he can point people to the Father.
This young man who gave his life to the Lord at seven years of age, has been used by God in seeing a revival happen at his local church in 2009. He has been the former Worship Director of the Youth Synergy Worship Ministries, founder of ReDEFINED ONES, as well as an itinerate worship leader for various services, conferences, and events within Barbados and internationally.
Where is God taking Russell now? After graduating in December 2017 from Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) with one Bachelors and three Associates degrees, He has been brought on staff as the Worship Arts Pastor at The People’s Cathedral. He also endeavours to work on some personal projects as well as share all that he’s learned with other worshippers. At the age of 25, Russell’s sole purpose in life is to dance on the floor of Heaven and invite others in the dance of all eternity.
This workshop led by Robert Evans (USA) will equip students on how to marry the anointing with excellent technical skill as we minister to the Lord and audiences with powerful, life-changing dances.
Robert Evans is the founding director of the Dance Ministry Institute (DMI), where persons involved or interested in liturgical dance receive dance training in various techniques.
He directs DMI’s annual Christmas production “NATIVITY: Birth of a King,” and has choreographed for Westchester One in Praise’s annual Good Friday services. His choreographic works have ministered to people throughout the United States and the Caribbean including the Bahamas Faith Ministries (Nassau, Bahamas); Christian Cultural Center (Brooklyn, New York); Faith Fellowship Ministries World Outreach Center (Sayreville, New Jersey); The Greater Allen Cathedral (Queens, New York); Jericho City of Praise (Landover, MD); World Changers Church International (College Park, GA); and The Potter’s House (Dallas, Texas).
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Housing Construction from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a minor in Drama and Certification in Dance, as well as a Master of Science in Education from the City University of New York-City College. His dance ministry has its roots with the Harlem Tabernacle Dance Ministry (Harlem, NY) where he served as the assistant director from 1991-2001. Robert received his formal dance training from the Katherine Dunham School in East St. Louis, IL, as well as the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. He frequently combines his passion for both dance and drama in his choreographic works.
Robert is employed by the New York City Department of Education where he thoroughly enjoys helping young people (ages 17 – 21) to improve their literacy and math in preparation for the GED exam. He also currently serves as the Dance Consultant for the STRIVE Dance Leadership Academy for the Youth Bureau of the City of New Rochelle, New York.
With his wife Selena, Robert attends the Family Christian Center in New Rochelle, NY. They lovingly raise their three sons, Joshua, Caleb and Isaac in nurture and admonition of the Lord. Robert considers himself privileged to serve the Body of Christ with all that the Lord has given him.
“If you’re not having fun, you are not doing it right!” is the maxim to create for singer/songwriter John Yarde. Seven years since having stepped out from behind the drums, John has written 13 of the 14 records from his debut album 1st John; records such as Here Right Now, Release the Sounds and Echo. In 2014, he was contracted as a songwriter by Glory Zone Studio for their Compilation album.
He’s the writer of Trenacia Esseboom’s – Teach Me to Wait, Kingdom Arts Music’s – City on a Hill, Heart Song and One Thing. Co-writer of Pastor Sandra Husband’s – Hope of my Soul, Patrick Estwick’s – Promises, Nicovia’s – Silly Old Devil and Tek Ova.
John considers himself a student of the art; he mentors the Trinidadian based Fisherman project and has recently taken up a challenge to write 10 songs a month.
“I’ve resolved it does not matter how big my portfolio may grow, my heart is stirred by this one thing:
LORD, we show our trust in You by obeying Your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify Your Name.”
Paula Richards – Bio From the time she was a child, Paula had always dreamt of becoming an author. It took some time, but now her dream has become a reality. She is a multi-talented woman who has dedicated her gifts for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God. Paula has a special heart for women, especially single women, and she longs to see them operate in the authority and freedom that God has given them.
‘No More Tears’ is Paula’s fourth published book, which was launched in November 2016. Her other published books are: ‘Tears of Sacrifice’, ‘Portrait of Destiny’, and ‘Unmasking the Heart of a Single Woman.’ She has also produced, written and directed two Christmas musicals for a primary school. She also co-authored a new converts children’s booklet with Reverend Clinton Chisholm from Jamaica, which was released in December 2016.
Along with her gift for writing, Paula is a soloist, worship leader, teacher and songwriter. She has been a guest speaker at several singles ministries and Paula wants to see singles (both male and female) come to a place where they enjoy and embrace their singleness. She has a passion and desire to see Christian writers develop their talent and produce excellently written books. Consequently, this has led to her conducting special writing classes called ‘Born to Write.’ Paula is passionate about teaching and this is another gift she knew she had from a child, but God is only now creating the opportunities for this gift to be manifested. This year Paula plans to conduct one-day workshops on writing.
In 2016, God opened the door for Paula to work as a freelance writer and proofreader for the Nation Newspaper – a task she thoroughly enjoys.
Paula owns a small editing business called ‘Eagle’s Eye Editing Services’ and so far she has edited nine books along with other manuscripts. Editing and proofing is also something Paula is extremely passionate about; she believes if you are going to publish a book then you must make sure it is as error-free as possible. She lives by this maxim: Why settle for mediocrity when you can achieve excellence.
Marcus King is a poet, blogger and aspiring author who has found a joy in developing thoughts and ideas into works of art. He has been performing for 5 years and writing for many more. Marcus writes about life from a Christian perspective, taking his experiences and thoughts, and forming them into works of art.
Marcus’ poetry has been shared at intimate house sessions and large concerts such as the Barbados Gospelfest, and the Crop Over Gospel Concert. He has also ministered at Kingdom Arts for 2 years. While studying in Scotland and serving at a church in Glasgow, he was a featured writer for the Edit Magazine where his poem, “If Walls Could Talk” was nominated for the Best Article of the Year.
On returning to Barbados, he has written a book called “Beautiful Feet”, recorded poems such as “Open Book” and “Keep My Eyes” and has co-founded a spoken word community called “Poet Out”, aimed at creating a space for Christian artists to grow artistically in the company of fellow Christians. Marcus’ desire is that men know God, not just accept Him.
Larix. A singer, songwriter, artist and creative with a love for God, people, music and the arts. Her art is passionate and true. It provides a walk through her journey, as she observes that of others and she wraps it all up in an experimental and musical environment. Her strong belief in Christ and the gifts He’s given, has kept her involved in the arts for many years and she loves to express it. She enjoys life on and off the stage. At the age of 24, she released her first single, “But Still”, on the airwaves in her hometown, Barbados, followed by “Good Morning” and later, “Fall”.
In October, 2013, Larix released her debut album, Exposure, in collaboration with singer, songwriter and friend, Nicovia, which was followed by two years of joint ministry and music as the only female duo on island. Performing at numerous events in Barbados for over 12 years, Larix has shared the stage with many local and regional artistes and has even had the honour of sharing the stage with her favourite international artiste, Chrisette Michele. As her journey continues, she hopes that her life will be an instrument of change and her voice, one of reason and influence for the greater good where ever she goes.
For the first time, KA will have a children’s workshop for ages 5-12. Children will be taught by skilled tutors and will explore the arts in their many forms:
Visual Arts- Sherridean Skeete
Music- Romari Welch
Drama- Chester Ramsey
Puppetry – Claudette Bryan
Dance- To be confirmed
Worship led by Nicovia
There will be loads of fun including a jumping tent.
Children are asked to walk with their lunch. A snack for a break will be provided.
Sherridean is a versatile and passionate artist working with painting, drawing and other experimental media. She loves searching for creative ways to educate and express herself. She boldly uses nature, experiences and her spiritual journey to stimulate visual representations. Her intriguing bold and colourful pieces will inspire, reflect positive thoughts and affirm your hope.
Her efforts have been awarded national and elite recognition from the Art Collection Foundation Purchase Award and the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts. Notwithstanding, there’s the joy of participation in more than thirteen art exhibitions over the years. Her works of art have been sold in America, Canada, England, Trinidad, and Barbados.
She has been head of the Fine Arts Department at Harrison College for the past 7 years, teaching at the same institution for more than 20 years. For the past 10 years she has successfully been the Visual Arts Facilitator (Part Time) at the Erdiston Teacher’s Training Induction Course for Secondary Teachers; a center educating teachers to serve at their highest. She has worked with Kingdom Arts Festival as their Visual Arts Coordinator for the past three years.
She is also Fine Arts Facilitator with the Bright Life Family Centre for the past two years. Bright Life Family Centre is a counselling centre, bringing and creating, healing and health to family life.