From the President

Dear Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, Trustees and Friends of IWS,

“…Christ is all, and in all.” (Col. 3:11)

A foundational doctrine of the Christian faith is that God created the universe from nothing (creatio ex nihilo). Everything that is, therefore, is created and sustained by him, although he is other than everything that is. Every creature, animate and inanimate, naturally occurring or man-made, finds its ultimate end in worshipping its Creator. We who bear the very image of God have the wonderful, mysterious, and profoundly humbling mission of leading the entire creation to reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ, helping all of creation voice its worship, singing and exulting in the wonder, beauty, goodness and truth of our loving Father. Is there any higher call? Is there any doubt that worship is at the very center of the divine life, the beating heart of the gospel? Alumni, students and faculty of the IWS community are answering the call to be leaders of Christian worship all over the world, inspiring others to proclaim, celebrate, sing and enact the good news of God in Jesus Christ, and with him be poured out for the life of the world.

With great thanks to God, the 2017-18 fiscal year was another strong year at IWS. Enrollment remained strong, as did giving to the IWS Fund and the Scholarship Funds. IWS has continued its global initiatives, with 32% of our current student body holding non-American passports. At June’s graduation, 40 students received their degrees and embraced the commission to serve God through renewed worship, bringing our total number of graduates to 559. Thanks be to God! The impact of IWS is steadily growing worldwide while remaining rooted in the theological perspectives, relational sensibilities and pedagogical philosophy of its founder, Bob Webber.

Please take a moment to read in this annual report how IWS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees are making a real difference across the globe. The ongoing fulfillment of our mission is truly a team effort, a team that includes each of you. Many have taken their places in their support of our mission by investments of time, talent, treasure and prayer, and we are deeply grateful. We are relying on your generosity toward God and your prayers to continue building the foundation we need for a secure future. Your gifts are wisely invested in our students and the mission of our beloved institute.

My wife, Carol, and I would like to invite you to participate with us sacrificially and joyfully in the mission of our school. As Galatians 6:6 states: “One who is taught the Word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” IWS is good ground into which you may sow your seed of spiritual and financial generosity toward God. Together let us all thankfully, joyfully and generously support the Lord’s work in the supremely important and Kingdom-building activity of worship renewal through IWS.

Grace and peace to you,
James R. Hart, President

From the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Dear Friends,

It is always a privilege to thank the many supporters who have come alongside IWS through prayers and generosity. Our work at IWS, providing a theological and practical foundation for the renewal of Christian worship, is so important in the life of the church worldwide. Last session I attended a practicum where our students applied what they learned into a worship experience. It was wonderful to see the classroom learning transformed into practice! The scholarship and creativity of our faculty and students is inspiring!

IWS continues to focus on the biblical, historical, theological, and cultural lenses of worship in an ancient-future context. We are also working on a second accreditation, adding membership in the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), which will result in another significant milestone for the school. Our international presence and influence is growing through the GROW Center and through the many international students who travel to Florida twice a year.

So thank you for standing with us. Your continued, faithful gifts and prayers are such an encouragement to us as we seek to continue IWS’s tradition of excellence in worship studies.

In His service,
John Lindsell, Chair, Board of Trustees

The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies Board of Trustees

Dr. John H. Lindsell,
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Eric Bolger,
Vice Chair of the Board
Rev. Dr. Wayne Freeberg,
Dr. James R. Hart
Dr. Kai Ton Chau
Mr. Don Moen
Ms. Joanne Webber, Esq.
Mrs. Patricia Witt
Trustees Emeriti
Dr. Melva Costen
Rev. Dr. Luder G. Whitlock


You can see additional testimonies from students and graduates on our YouTube channel. For even more news about students, faculty and alumni, check out Anamnesis.

Ouida Harding

Ouida Harding

D.W.S. Alumna (2011)

Jeremy Perigo

Jeremy Perigo

D.W.S. Alumnus (2013)

Wil Brown

Wil Brown

M.W.S. Student

Alexandra Carlson

Alexandra Carlson

M.W.S. Alumna (2017)

Janie Blough

Janie Blough

D.W.S. Alumna (2014)

Will Harris

Will Harris

D.W.S. Student

Thank You

Thanks be to God for those who give of their prayers, time, talent, and treasure! We would be unable to continue in our mission without your generous giving.

Leader ($10,000+)

Karen Carpenter & Edward Marram
Linda & Hugh Evans
Darrell & Janet Harris
James & Carol Hart in memory of Bob Webber
JCT Foundation
Yilee & Ted Lo
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Daniel & Nancy Sharp
Patricia Witt

Benefactor ($5,000+)

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The Pine Tree and Myrtle Fund ~ Isaiah 55
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Glenn McClure *
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Lou Millson
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Thrivent Choice
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Brian Walker
Lin Yu Wang
Mark Watson
Elizabeth Wetherby
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Michael & Susan Woods
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Alan Yu
Zion Song Music

Donor (up to $100)

Rebecca Abbott
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Warren Anderson
Otis Autry
Leslie Barnes
Don Barrick
Robert Becker
Patrick Bennett
Robert Beyler
Przemysław Bogdan
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Walter Brath
Connie Bull
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Deborah Cannarella
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Michael Dennis
Sandra Dinkins
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Susan Massey
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Genilyn McCaffrey
Carol McDaniel
Jeffrey Meeks
Sarah Meggers
Kendra Mikols
Simon Miner
Keith Molberg
Steven Moll
Chris Monroe
Christopher & Amanda Montgomery
Jeff M. Moore *
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Dan Mullis
Robert Myers
Andrea Nelson
Matthew Packer
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David Pedde
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Carl Peters
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Mark Scott
Tommy Shapard
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Matthew Sloma
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Bob & Ellen Stamps
Lana & Tim Pollard
Susan Stobe
Paul Sunderland
David & Niiang Suum
R. Mark & Ruth Anne Thornton
Cindy Tomei
Nancy & Don Truex in memory of David Pannabecker
Brian Turnbow
Samuel Ward
Elizabeth Weatherby
Sharon & William Welsch
Julie Wiebe
Jolie Williams
William & Betsy Wolf
Vincent Zarletti
* These gifts were received after June 30.

Legacy Giving Circle

Members of the Legacy Giving Circle have committed to honor IWS through endowed giving and/or estate planning.

Gerald & Doris Borchert
David Garmus
Jim & Carol Hart
Brad & Wendy Layland
Dyton & Tammy Owen
Gene & Claire Partlow
Dan & Nancy Sharp

Endowed Funds

The Floyd and Mary Sharp
Scholarship Fund

Host Home Sponsors

Sharon & Frank Alters
Charles Arnold
Lance Atkinson
Kay & Jack Bliss
Debbie & Bob Brinley
Bunny & Jim Cannon
June & John Conlin
Jane Cook
Leona & Harry Davis
Sheila & Mike Del Charco
Katelyn & Zac Duncan
Rosemary & Bill English
Danielle & Mike Euwema
Barbara Folmar
Darlene & David Garmus
Cynthia & CW Goff
Joyce & Malcolm Hanson
Allison & Todd Hastie
Carol & Peter Hayes
Carolyn & Paul Hinckley
Elise & Samuel Horowitz
Molly & John Howze
Mary & Joseph Jamerson
Ruth & Ken Johansen
Judy & Robert Kermitz
Faye & Eddie Lockamy
Beatriz & Juan López
Velma Marvin
Mary & Ken Maszy
Sharon & Gene Maszy
Christi & John Matteson
Holly McMurry
Ann & Luke Memminger
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Lou Millson
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Margy & Doug Nihoul
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Sue & Ken Polsley
Melissa & Dave Pruette
Mary Reilly
Cathy Sanders
Janet & Mark Sawicki
Brenda & Mark Scott
Jim & Lisa Taylor
Shelley & Dave Vignola
Catherine & Jack Webb
Judy & John Widergren
Jon Yost

Gifts In-Kind

Danny Austin
Constance Cherry in memory of Ruby Cherry
Deermeadows Baptist Church
Larry Ellis
Gregg & Kristin Friend
Grace Anglican Church
Tom Kraeuter
Eddie Lockamy
Mark Murray
David Pannabecker
Ken Polsley
Fred Schert
Kent Walters
Patricia Witt
Isabella Wong


Scott Coleman
Rusty Creighton
Kaitlyn Duncan
Cynthia Goff
David Garmus
Dakota Hawkinson
Jim Hawkinson
Gordon Jensen
Jessica Jones
Ken Polsley
Sue Polsley
Kenny Roberts
Mark Scott

Host Churches & Schools

Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL
All Saints Episcopal Church Jacksonville, FL
Grace Anglican Church Fleming Island, FL
San Jose Episcopal Church Jacksonville, FL
St. Mark's Lutheran Church Jacksonville, FL

Partner Churches & Schools

CrossView Church Snohomish, WA
Crossroads Presbyterian Church Mequon, WI
First Christian Church Winter Park, FL
First Reformed Church Holland, IL
First Assembly of God North Little Rock, AR
Trinity Wesleyan Church Indianapolis, IN

Jacksonville-Area Community Supporters

DEX Imaging
Farnham Dentistry
Grace Anglican Church
Grace House Counseling Center
The Gunn Insurance Agency
Karen's Catering
Logo Xpress
Team Alters
TLC Total Lawn Care
Vector A/V
Waste Not Want Not

President's Advisory Council for Excellence Members

Cort Bender
Lori Boyer
Ken Brewer
Rusty Creighton
Carmen DeLisi
Jim Dodge
Greg Driskell, Chair
Alesia Ford-Burse
David Garmus
Jim Hawkinson
Greg Holton
Steve Huntley
Joe Jamerson
Eddie Lockamy
Pat McSweeney
Francis Monaco
Sarah Monaco
Doug Nihoul
Mark Scott

July 2017 - June 2018

The Year in Review

  • Melva Costen

    October 2017

    The IWS library adds 270 linear feet of shelf space to accommodate expanding collection made possible by donors. Dr. Melva Costen, long-time board member, is awarded Trustee Emerita status.

  • choral music


    The local community marks the season of Advent with IWS at our annual Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols.

  • Dr. Donna hawk-Reinhard preaching

    January 2018

    IWS welcomes 27 new students, including our first student from mainland China. Dr. Lou Kaloger joins the faculty to teach MWS 503: Contextualization, Spirituality, and Christian Worship. Dr. Donna Hawk-Reinhard preaches at Opening Convocation. Former professor Dr. Carl Park returns to facilitate the Contextualized Worship and the Mission of God in the Local Church Seminar. A representative from the Association of Theological Schools observes a portion of the on-campus intensive and meets with members of the IWS community.

    GROW Center Co-Directors Dr. Frank Fortunato and Dr. Nancy Nethercott introduce plans for India projects during Calvin Symposium on Worship.

  • Dr. Frank Fortunato


    Dr. Fortunato joins an International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE) teaching team to teach on issues related to worship and the church in India.

  • Dr. Nancy Nethercott


    Dr. Nethercott travels to Norway and Poland, teaming up with alumni Dr. Rune Rasmussen (2015) and Dr. Przemek Bogdan (2014) to lead a workshop on missional worship. Dr. Nethercott and former IWS professor Paul Neeley join a ministry team in Kosovo and Albania for two weeks, serving as biblical worship trainer and ethnomusicologist, respectively, resulting in 20 new songs for worship in the Albanian language.

  • Dr. Jim Hart


    IWS co-sponsors the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville. Dr. Jim Hart teaches several workshops on worship.

  • Dr. Hans Boersma


    IWS welcomes 22 new students, including our first students from Egypt and Vietnam. Dr. Reggie Kidd preaches at Opening Convocation. IWS celebrates the graduation of 40 new alumni and awards Dr. Hans Boersma the Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa. For the first time in IWS history, real-time audio and video of the Commencement service is broadcast over the Internet. Dr. Boersma preaches at the Commencement service, then remains on campus to facilitate the Enchanted Worship: Sacramental Ontology and Christian Liturgy Seminar.

    The board welcomes new trustee Dr. Kai Ton Chau, a 2011 alumnus. The Association of Theological Schools accepts IWS as an Associate Member. IWS will work toward acquiring Accredited Member status over the next several years.

Financial Report

For the year, Charitable Giving receipts totaled $304,638 (Unrestricted, Restricted, and Gifts-in-Kind). Fiscal Year Revenue totaled $923,323 and Total Expenditures were $873,057.

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Arlicia Biggers-Dotson presenting Isaiah 6

Support IWS

We cannot say it enough: the ongoing work of forming servant leaders in Christian worship renewal worldwide depends upon generous gifts from our community. Please consider how you may participate with us in the renewal of the Church through a financial contribution and click an option below.


Give Monthly

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Donate to the IWS Fund or Scholarship Fund today by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or electronic check (or make a one-time gift by other means).

Planned Giving

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Ways to Support IWS

  • Donate by check (mailed to IWS, 4001 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207), cash (in the office only, please), or credit card or electronic check (online)

  • Automated monthly giving (by credit card or eCheck, or through your own bank's online bill-pay feature)

  • Matching corporate gifts

  • Gifts of securities/stocks

  • Electronic transfer of funds

  • Planned (legacy) giving

Giving Opportunities

  • Leader $10,000 & up

  • Benefactor $5,000–$9,999

  • Partner $2,500–$4,999

  • Investor $1,000–$2,499

  • Supporter $500–$999

  • Contributor $100–$499

  • Donor up to $100

Legacy Giving

We encourage the members of our community to employ long-term estate planning to maximize their legacy to their loved ones and to their charitable interests. We also strongly urge them to seriously consider IWS as one of their priority charitable interests. While the annual support of the IWS community is absolutely crucial to the fulfillment of our sustainable mission, deferred support like Estate Planning can leave a Kingdom legacy with an impact that spans generations. This kind of gift is the single most significant act of generosity toward God that most of us will ever perform.

For more information on this or any way of supporting IWS, call the office at 800-282-2977.


Give Monthly

Set up a recurring donation by electronic check or credit card (select “Give this amount monthly” on the form and adjust the term length as desired).

Give Now

Donate to the IWS Fund or Scholarship Fund today by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or electronic check (or make a one-time gift by other means).

Planned Giving

How much thought have you given to what is potentially the single-most generous gift you'll make?