One of the strengths of the International Worship Symposium is that it has always drawn upon the combined wisdom and understanding of many worship ministries, rather than that of a few. Furthermore, the Symposium faculty combines extraordinary local church worship ministries with itinerate ministries to gain a perspective that remains "close to the flock." We are currently assembling a faculty that features noted pastors, prophetic and apostolic ministries, and authors, as well as highly skilled clinicians in every field of the worship arts.
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Rev. Barry Griffing
Daniel Griffing
Tammy Westlake
Rev. Steve Griffing
Pastor Steve Snyder
Lara Lanphier
Since founding IWS in 1978, Barry has truly been a prophetic voice to the church through his groundbreaking teaching on the priority and power of worship. A genuine spiritual father, he is founder of ZionSong Ministries and currently pastors Jubilee Fellowship in Torrance, CA.
As cofounder of IWS, Steve is an acclaimed Bible teacher and chief musician whose anointed virtuosity on the violin has blessed worshipers worldwide. For nearly four decades he has set the "gold standard" for excellence in the worship arts, while being guided by a rich understanding of God's eternal purpose for worship.
Lara is honored to participate in this  years Worship Symposium.   Lara has a blend of experience dancing in the secular world and with Christian ministries.  She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine.    Although Lara has danced professionally over the years, she is most passionate about  using her gift of dance as outreach to the community and within the church.
Pastor Steve Snyder has spent decades ministering and teaching as a worship leader and Senior Pastor.  He is a prolific writer of worship songs and specializes in teaching congregations how to flow in Spiritual songs and the song of the Lord.  He is now the senior pastor of First Assembly of God in Clearlake, California and continues to impart his gifting and experience in praise and worship.
Since childhood Daniel has been a professional musician dedicated to excellence in worship both with his worship leading and the many instruments he plays.  He is  a team builder and leader whose singular goal is to manifest Christ through inspiring powefull worship in God's people.
Tammy Westlake, the founder and Director of For His Glory, Has been involved with Expressive Worship for over 20 years. She has worked in a wide variety of churches using many different methods, but always with a heart to add depth and fullness to worship.  Whether it's using flags, or dance, instruments or voice her desire is to release a passion for God in the midst of His people, to Bring Him Glory.
Additional Faculty Include:
Jon & Julie Eymann, Doug Morris, Pastor Jeff Kenney, and many more!
Wes Montoya
Rev. Jaren Lapasaran
Wes sang his first solo at age six and has been involved in church music ever since.  An accomplished pianist and saxophonist, he has learned to play many other instruments as the need has arisen throughout his ministry.  Whether producing musicals, conducting choir, orchestra, or leading worship, Wes' passion is to worship God with artistic excellence in the creative arts.