From the President

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

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

In my presidential address this past June, I began and ended with these two phrases: “Worship exists for the Church, and the Church exists for the world.… In worship, we are divinized into Christ-likeness, but not just for ourselves, for the life of the world.” The entire created order finds its ultimate end in worshipping its Creator.

We who bear the image of God have the wonderful, mysterious, and profoundly humbling mission of leading creation to reconciliation with God through Jesus Christ, helping to 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 2018-19 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 34% 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 degrees conferred to 622. 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 at the very core of the mission of the Church worldwide.

Last session I attended a practicum where our students applied what they were learning in the classroom into a worship experience. It was wonderful to see in-class training transformed into practice with the understanding that these principles are renewing worship all across the globe! The scholarship, expertise and creativity of our faculty, students, and alumni is inspiring!

IWS continues to focus on the biblical, historical, theological, and cultural lenses of worship in an ancient-future context. Adding to our current accredited status with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), we are also pursuing a second accreditation with 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, President
Dr. Kai Ton Chau
Dr. Laura Story Elvington
Mr. Don Moen
Mrs. Sarah Monaco
Rev. Dr. Emmett G. Price
Mrs. Stefany Webber Welch
Mrs. Patricia Witt
Trustees Emeriti
Dr. Melva Costen
Mrs. Joanne Lindsell Webber, Esq.
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.

Jonathan Powers

Jonathan Powers

D.W.S. Alumnus (2013)

Carol Davis

Carol Davis

M.W.S. Alumna (2019)

Joshua Lavender

Joshua Lavender

M.W.S. Alumnus (2017), D.W.S. Student

Heather Terris

Heather Terris

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+)

JCT Foundation
Karen Carpenter & Edward Marram
James & Carol Hart
Sarah & Francis Monaco
The Murray Family Trust in memory of Rick & Sherry Murray
Patricia Witt in memory of David Witt

Benefactor ($5,000+)

Linda & Hugh Evans
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Darrell & Janet Harris
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The Pine Tree and Myrtle Fund ~ Isaiah 55
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Joanne Webber

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B.H. Carroll Theological Institute
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Grant United Methodist Church
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Donor (up to $100)

Veterans Administration
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Laura Ritter in memory of Ruby Cherry
Karen Roberts
Paul Rogers
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Ken Rushing
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Natasha Schmidt
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Robert Sexton
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Mary Nell & Ernest Simmons
Sandra Spencer
Robert & Ivalene Still
Patricia Stromsta
David & Niiang Suum
Brenda Thompson-Haney & Todd Haney
Kellie & Daniel Tropeano
Thomas Tyler
Emily & Jim Vermilya in memory of Ruby Cherry
Jonathan & Aubrey Vinke
Lisa Waites
Elizabeth Weatherby
Sharon & William Welsch in honor of new chaplain Dr. Nancy Nethercott
Jane & Mark Williams
William & Betsy Wolf
David & Regina Lau Wong
Helen & Enoch Wong
Steven & Rita Zerbe
Robin Ziegenfuss

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 Gerald and Doris Borchert
Scholarship Fund
The Brad and Wendy Layland
Scholarship Fund
The Floyd and Mary Sharp
Scholarship Fund

Host Home Sponsors

Sharon & Frank Alters
Charlie Arnold
Lance Atkinson
Libby & Jeff Berk
Kay & Jack Bliss
Debbie & Bob Brinley
Deborah Cannarella
Jane Cook
Yvette Cuny
Anita & Lad Daniels
Leona & Harry Davis
Sheila & Mike Del Charco
Katelyn & Zac Duncan
Kathleen & Ray Fisher
Darlene & David Garmus
Cynthia & CW Goff
Pam & Garry Greuling
Carol & Jim Hart
Mimi & Jim Hawkinson
Carol & Peter Hayes
Helen & Pat Henry
Molly & John Howze
Mary & Joe Jamerson
Ruth & Ken Johansen
Judy & Robert Kermitz
Faye & Eddie Lockamy
Betty & Juan López
Ken & Mary Maszy
Christi & John Matteson
Holly McMurry
Ann & Luke Memminger
Cinda & John Merrill
Teri & Art Mills
Courtney & Mark Murray
Mandy & David Nelson
Khai Ngin
Margy & Doug Nihoul
Shelley Noling
Sue & Ken Polsley
Cauly Redenius
Karen & Pete Rust
Cathy Sanders
Janet & Mark Sawicki
Brenda & Mark Scott
Kathy & Drew Story
Shelley & Dave Vignola
Jon Yost

Gifts In-Kind

Meghan Benson
Sallie Garvin
Whitey Haugan
Dorie Head
Andrew Hill
Joe Jamerson
Gordon E. Jensen
Paul Petersen
Donald P. Richmond
Laura Ritter
Rick & Carol Wallis


Katelyn Duncan
David Garmus
Jim Hawkinson
Gordon Jensen
Anamarie Lopez
John Matteson
Ken Polsley
Sue Polsley
Beth Ramirez
Kenneth Roberts

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

Jacksonville-Area Community Supporters

Dave Pruette Electric
Doctors Lake Family Dental
Farnham Dentistry
Grace Anglican Church
The Gunn Insurance Agency
More Than Ink Printing
Team Alters
Waste Not Want Not

President's Advisory Council for Excellence Members

Cort Bender
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
Doug Nihoul
Mark Scott

July 2018 - June 2019

The Year in Review

  • Globe

    July 2018

    The GROW Center is active: Dr. Frank Fortunato forms the India Worship Trainers Coalition with five Indian leaders and Dr. Nancy Nethercott teaches in Uganda and Kenya. Dr. Nethercott and Dr. Fortunato participate in the Global Consultation on Music and Missions in Nairobi and visit with Kenyan MWS student Jesse Mwai.

  • conference stage


    Dr. Jim Hart, Dr. Jessica Coleman, and Mr. Joe Jamerson engage with the Experience Conference and Getty Sing! Conference. IWS develops and submits its Institutional Readiness Report as part of the process of being a candidate for Accredited Member Status with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

  • Johnson University campus


    Dr. Hart preaches at a Johnson University chapel service during a recruiting visit, accompanied by Mr. Jamerson. Dr. Hart leads a workshop and leads worship with Dr. Fortunato and Mr. Ron Man at ICETE in Panama. IWS hosts Dr. Lester Ruiz of ATS for an on-site evaluation of the school's readiness as a candidate for ATS Accredited Member Status.

  • Dr. Jim Hart


    Dr. Hart preaches at a Trinity College of Florida chapel service during a recruiting visit (with Mr. Jamerson) and is the featured speaker at B.H. Carroll Theological Institute's 2-day Fall Colloquy.

  • choral music


    The local community marks the season of Advent with IWS at our annual Advent Festival of Lessons & Carols, hosted by Grace Anglican Church.

  • Dr. Glenn Packiam

    January 2019

    IWS welcomes its largest-ever incoming class (33 new students). Dr. Glenn Packiam conducts a seminar on Worship & Eschatology. IWS expands its livestream coverage to include morning chapel services. Dr. Andrew E. Hill preaches at Opening Convocation. IWS Alumnus Dr. Kai Ton Chau (D.W.S., '11) is welcomed to the Board of Trustees. The IWS Self-Study Steering Committee approves a plan for conducting a self-study process to include alumni, students, trustees, faculty, administration, and staff during the 2019 calendar year, in pursuit of institutional accreditation with the Association of Theological Schools.

    Dr. Nethercott, Dr. Hart, and MWS alumnus/DWS student Fred Heumann represent IWS at the Calvin Symposium on Christian Worship.

  • ATS Logo


    Dr. Hart attends the ATS Self-Study seminar in Pittsburgh, and preaches at Florida Hospital SDA Church and Shalimar UMC in Shalimar, FL.

  • NWLC


    IWS co-sponsors the National Worship Leader Conference in Nashville. Dr. Hart teaches several workshops on worship and Mr. Jamerson recruits prospective students.

  • Dr. Melody Kuphal and Dr. Carl Park


    Dr. Carl Park and Dr. Melody Kuphal join the IWS faculty as three new online-only courses are added to the M.W.S. Curriculum. 41 graduates are honored at our 18th Commencement Service. Dr. Gordon T. Smith delivers the Commencement sermon. Dean Emeritus of the Chapel status is conferred upon the retiring Dr. Darrell Harris, and Dr. Nethercott is commissioned as Chaplain. Mrs. Sarah Monaco, Dr. Emmett G. Price, and Mrs. Stefany Welch are welcomed to the Board of Trustees.

    IWS bids farewell to Dr. Donna Hawk-Reinhard, who announces she is stepping down from her role as professor in the DWS 704 course at the end of the June term.

Financial Report

For the year, Charitable Giving receipts totaled $290,239 (Unrestricted, Restricted, and Gifts-in-Kind).
Fiscal Year Revenue totaled $962,363 and Total Expenditures were $918,165.


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.


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Ways to Support IWS

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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

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