Dr. Chris Alford
Thesis Style Reader. Chris Alford completed undergraduate studies in music history/music literature at both the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Victoria University of Manchester, England. He later earned a Master’s Degree in Musicology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Chris completed the Doctor of Worship Studies program at the Institute for Worship Studies and graduated with the Institute’s inaugural “Alpha” class in the spring of 2002, with a thesis focus area on the church, worship, and contemporary culture. After nearly twenty years in music ministry, Chris now pastors Epiclesis: An Ancient-Future Faith Community in Sacramento, California, considered the first church start built on Webberian, Ancient-Future principles.
Director of Student Services and Office Administrator. Sandy Dinkins holds a B.S. in Travel and Tourism Management from Clemson University. She joined IWS in 2005 and is responsible for student services, session logistics, and office administrative support. Sandy is a lifelong resident of Orange Park and has two wonderful daughters.
Coordinator of Missional Relations and Director of the GROW Center. Frank Fortunato has served in music ministry his entire lifetime. He taught college music courses followed by music ministry with Operation Mobilization’s mission ships. Frank completed Master’s studies in ethnomusicology and a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Frank serves as the international worship consultant for OM, and as an arts in mission advocate with various global Christian networks. He is the Vice President of The International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). He serves as the Coordinator of Missional Relations for the Webber Institute, and directs the Institute’s GROW (Global Renewal of Worship). He is the founder of OM’s Heart Sounds International, a ministry producing indigenous worship recordings mostly in the restricted parts of the world. Frank co-authored All the World is Singing—Glorifying God through the worship music of the nations, and co-edited Worship and Mission for the Global Church-an Ethnodoxology Handbook. The Fortunatos are based at the OM USA headquarters in Atlanta.
Academic Dean. Dinelle Frankland is Professor of Worship Studies at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois, where she has been since 2003. She also served as academic dean at LCS from 2011-2015. Dr. Frankland holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Lincoln Christian University, a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. She previously taught music and worship at Dallas Christian College and Ozark Christian College, and has taught as an adjunct for TCMI Institute, a seminary near Heiligenkreuz, Austria. She is the author of His Story, Our Response: What the Bible Says About Worship and travels throughout the U.S. as a speaker and worship leader. At IWS she enjoys interacting with a variety of students who are eager to further their education for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.
Vice President for Spiritual Life. Darrell Harris is the founder of Star Song Records, a contemporary Christian music company. He developed and marketed the music of Twila Paris, Newsboys, Bill Gaither Trio and Vocal Band, and was the original publisher of The Complete Library of Christian Worship. He has served as the IWS Chaplain since its inception in 1999. Darrell is the recipient of the D.W.S. Honoraria from the Institute for Worship Studies.
President. Jim Hart holds a B.M. in Sacred Music from Oral Roberts University, an M.M. in Trumpet Performance from the University of Tulsa, and a D.W.S. from the Institute for Worship Studies where he graduated with the Alphas—the first graduating class—in 2002. He was critical to the formation of IWS in Florida and has held administrative responsibilities since its inception in 1999. He is a professional trumpeter, choral director, and a published composer/arranger, songwriter and author. He has served in church music ministry for approximately 40 years, including his current position as Choir Director at Grace Anglican Church in Fleming Island, FL. Dr. Hart and his wife, Carol, have three daughters.
Development Coordinator. Carol Hart graduated from Minnesota School of Business’ Legal Secretarial program. She is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center with a certificate in Teaching. She previously served as the Host Home Coordinator for over ten years.
Library Assistant. Carol Hayes holds a B.A. in English from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Prior to coming to IWS, Carol served for five years as the campus librarian for the Jacksonville campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Carol and her husband Peter have three grown children. They reside in Jacksonville and worship at Switzerland Community Church.
Director of Technical Services. Sam Horowitz received a Bachelor of Science in Family, Youth and Community Science from the University of Florida (where he met his wife, Elise), a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies from IWS. He has been programming since 1996 and worked as a web developer in Gainesville, FL, from 2001-2005 before entering ministry full-time. He still does consulting part-time in the IT and audio/visual fields (specializing in working with churches). Sam and his wife Elise are planting a church in Saint Johns, FL.
Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning. Dr. Steve Huntley has been involved with IWS since its inception, including the conducting of strategic planning workshops with IWS stakeholders and serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. He earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and M.Ed. in couselor education from the University of Florida, and the M.B.A. from the University of North Florida. He has taught graduate level courses in organizational behavior, human resource management, higher education organization and governance and higher education finance. Dr. Huntley has extensive experience in on-campus and online education, both as an instructor and a mentor of other instructors.
Director of Recruitment.
Associate Academic Dean. Jessica Jones serves as one of the Thesis Directors of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, as well as the Associate Academic Dean. Jessica is an ordained deacon in the Anglican Church of North America and serves on the Gulf Atlantic Diocesan staff as the Canon for Next Generation Discipleship as well as the provincial staff as the Director for Family Ministry on the Next Generation Leadership team. Jessica holds a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Northwest Nazarene, a masters degree in Educational Leadership and a bachelors degree in Music Education, both from Florida State University. In addition to serving in her diocesan and provincial roles, Jessica has served as an adjunct professor of Liturgy and Worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL and a board member for Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA. Jessica has served as a choral educator and adjudicator for over fifteen years in addition to serving as a worship leader in the Anglican Church. She leads women’s ministry events and is serving as the Editor-in-Chief of, and contributor to, the Communiqué for the Gulf Atlantic Diocese in the Anglican Church in North America. Her current research focuses on how adults learn within a congregation and the teaching efficacy of ministry leaders. Jessica is grateful to pair her educational and writing experience with her background in worship and liturgy to mentor students as they complete the thesis process at IWS. Jessica lives in St. Augustine, FL with her husband and two children.
Food Services Director. Karen Lewis has been involved with various aspects of catering and restaurant management/ownership most of her life. She attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville and has been a member of Grace Church since 1991. Karen and her family have provided food service for IWS since its start in 1999 and have been essential to the success and community orientation of our mealtimes.
Director of Admissions. Juan Lopez received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Master of Business Administration from Golden Gate University, a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Worship Studies program at IWS. He was a pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard and flew over 5,200 hours in various types of helicopters and airplanes. He retired from the Coast Guard after nearly 29 years of service and pastors a Spanish speaking Reformed Baptist congregation in Fleming Island, FL. He has been married to Betty for over 32 years and has two children and two grandchildren.
Library Director. Susan Massey is Head of Discovery Enhancement at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held a variety of positions in academic libraries in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana for the past twenty-five years. Susan earned her M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University and also received an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Accounting Assistant. Sharon Maszy is co-owner and CFO of Maisie’s Home and Garden in Jacksonville, Florida. Previously, she was the co-owner and CFO of Atlantic Parts and Remanufacturing prior to the company’s sale and remained in a finance role at the new company, Atlantic International Distributors. Sharon is an active member of the P.E.O. sisterhood, a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement and education of women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans. She is currently a member of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church where she serves on the Food Ministry Team, serves as a Deacon, and is the Co-chair of the Student Financial Aid Team. Sharon and her husband, Gene, are long-time residents of Jacksonville, Florida. They have been married for over 50 years, have four children, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grands.
Vice President of Finance and Administration. Christi Matteson holds a Bachelors of Science in Management Information Systems from Florida State Univeristy. She worked as a Management Consultant for over 20 years and is a Certified Management Consultant. Additionally, she has experience working with non-profit organizations both on staff and as a board member.
Vice President of Enrollment Management. Mark Murray holds a B.A. in Religion from Davidson College, an M.A. in Theology and the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a doctoral student at IWS. He is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church in North America and he lives in Jacksonville with his wife and their three sons. Mark has been with IWS since 2009.
Associate Chaplain, GROW Center Co-Director. Nancy Nethercott served as a TEAM missionary in Japan for 30 years and currently has her ministry of “Global Training in Spiritual Formation and Biblical Worship” under Faith and Learning International. Besides teaching internationally, Nancy teaches Japanese and ESL classes near her home in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Intellectual History from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, a Master of Arts in TESOL from Wm. Carey International University in Pasadena, California, and a Doctor of Worship Studies (2006) from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. As a part of her role as Co-Director of the IWS GROW Center, Nancy cooks and hosts a meal for the IWS international students each session. Considering 30% of the IWS student body hold non-US passports, the dinner often has 30~40 in attendance.
Information Technology Coordinator. Ken Rushing, an ordained minister, has served churches in the Southeastern region of the United States since 1978. He has also been involved with computer technology since the early 1980s and owns his own computer business, Rushing to Serve. He earned an M.M. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.W.S. from the Institute for Worship Studies, graduating as an Alpha in 2002.
Bibliographer. Mark Torgerson is Professor of Worship Studies at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. He received an M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical studies. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church and an artist. He has written various articles and book reviews published in Worship, CIVA SEEN, Reformed Liturgy and Music, Christianity and the Arts, The Covenant Quarterly, and the IFRAA On-line Journal. He has written two books, An Architecture of Immanence: Architecture for Worship and Ministry Today and Greening Spaces for Worship and Ministry: Congregations, Their Buildings, and Creation Care. He continues to pursue research exploring the relationship between the Christian faith and the visual arts.
Dr. Jack Van Marion
Thesis Style Reader. Jack Van Marion is a founding faculty member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He teaches The Christian Year. He received a B.A. from Calvin College, a M.Div. from Calvin Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. in Worship Studies from Northern Seminary. As an ordained pastor, he has served churches in Hudsonville, MI, Des Moines, IA, Beamsville, Ontario, Canada. He is Pastor Emeritus of Calvary Christian Reformed Church in Edina, MN. Jack combines his worship and ministry experience in the pastorate with teaching opportunities, and along with others, he supervises doctoral candidates as they develop their thesis projects.
Director of Alumni Activities. Kent Walters is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, he served as music director and worship pastor in a local church for 31 years. He received an M.M. from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies graduating as a member of the first or “Alpha” class. He has served as the school’s Director of Alumni Activities and Editor of the IWS newsletter, Anamnesis since 2004, and was appointed faculty member for the Practicum Courses in June 2007.