Leadership

We’re extremely excited about our 2020 leadership, all of whom bring a wealth of experience and talent to work and worship with us at Lake Junaluska!

Leadership:
Worship | Adult & Youth Choral | Instrumental & Handbells | Dance, Drama & Art | Children

Worship

Donna Battle
Preacher

Donna Battle

Donna Coletrane Battle currently serves as Chaplain at Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. For the past 15 years, she has been engaging and facilitating groups across the northeast and in California in the areas of building healthy relationships, spirituality, identity, cultivating ethics, values, diversity, conflict resolution and justice. Donna holds a B.A. in Public Relations from NC A&T State University, an M.Div. from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Eastern University. 

Laura Jaquith Bartlett
Worship Designer & Leader

Laura Jaquith Bartlett

Laura Jaquith Bartlett is a deacon in the Oregon-Idaho Conference who has served in music ministry in local churches and led workshops on congregational song, global praise, and worship design. She is a former national president of The Fellowship and served as Director of Music & Worship for the 2016 General Conference of the UMC, where she led a team that designed 27 worship services. She is currently appointed as the conference secretary for Oregon-Idaho. Laura is passionate about creative worship that engages the whole people of God, inspiring and deepening Christian discipleship. 

Joby Bell
Organist

Joby Bell

Joby Bell has served on the faculty of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University since 2004 and has served churches in Houston and throughout North Carolina. Known for his keen sensitivity toward increasing an audience’s appreciation for organ music in his concert playing, Joby loves to hear congregations singing with the organ and brings a sense of grandeur, rhythmic integrity, and musical polish to his service playing. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and piano from Appalachian State University and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in organ from Rice University.

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Choral (Adult & Youth)

Amanda Quist
Chamber Choir

Amanda Quist

Amanda Quist is the Director of Choral Activities for the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Previously, Dr. Quist was Associate Professor and Chair of the Conducting, Organ, and Sacred Music Department at Westminster Choir College. Honors include the James Mulholland National Choral Award and the Audrey Davidson Early Music Award. An active guest conductor and clinician, Dr. Quist has conducted honor choirs across the country, and served as clinician and adjudicator for national and international events. Her choral series is published through Walton Music.

Anton Armstrong
Adult Choir

Anton Armstrong

Anton Armstrong is Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College where he became the fourth conductor of the St. Olaf Choir in 1990. He also serves as Artistic Director of the internationally-acclaimed St. Olaf Christmas Festival. Dr. Armstrong previously served on the faculty of Calvin College where he led the Calvin College Alumni Choir, as well as the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus. In great demand as a conductor and lecturer, Dr. Armstrong holds degrees from the University of Illinois (MM) and Michigan State University (DMA).

Jackson Henry
Young Adult Choir

Jackson Henry

Jackson Henry is the Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Franklin, TN, where he leads worship and oversees music ministries in both modern and traditional settings. Previously, he served as Director of Music Ministries at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church in Nashville. He is an ordained deacon and a sought-after presenter and musical clinician as well as a recognized composer.

Mark Miller
Senior High Choir

Mark Miller

Mark Miller is Associate Professor of Church Music, Director of Chapel, and Composer In Residence at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and is a Lecturer in Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church (UCC) in Summit, NJ.  A renowned composer of sacred music, Mark’s hymns and anthems are sung by communities of faith throughout the country and are published by Choristers Guild, Hinshaw, Hal Leonard, Abingdon Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and others. Mark believes that everyone is a child of God and that music can help heal the world. He also adheres to Cornel West’s belief that “justice is what love looks like in public.”

Vincent Oakes
Middle High Choir

Vincent Oakes

Vincent Oakes is the Artistic Director of the Chattanooga Boys Choir, a music education and performance organization which now includes over 120 choristers ages 8‐18 in five ensembles. Since 2006, he has also been the Director of Choral Music at The Baylor School, a grade 6‐12 school in Chattanooga. As a conductor/clinician, he has conducted numerous honor choirs and festivals throughout the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Sacred Music degree in Choral Conducting from Emory University.

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Instrumental & Handbells

Martha Matthews
Advanced Handbells

Martha Matthews

Martha Matthews conducts the longest consistently running community handbell ensemble in the country, Kalamazoo Ringers. A 34-year veteran of handbells, she founded and conducted Philadelphia Bronze, an advanced auditioned ensemble with the motto “elegant energy.” Martha also worked as Director of Sales at Malmark Bellcraftsmen, Inc. and for Handbell Musicians of America. She holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Houghton College and a Master of Flute Performance from the University of Idaho, and especially enjoys mentoring new directors.

Hyosang Park
Intermediate Handbells

Hyosang Park

Hyosang Park is Artistic Director of Philadelphia Bronze, an advanced auditioned handbell ensemble in Eastern Pennsylvania, and Music Director at Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, NJ. She is also a member of Quadrants, a handbell quartet ensemble. As a solo handbell ringer, she and collaborative pianist Akiko Hosaki formed “Duo Gazioso” in 2012. Hyosang holds a double Master’s in Sacred Music and Piano Performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she serves as staff accompanist.

To Be Announced
Instrumental Ensemble

Information coming soon!

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Dance, Drama & Art

Grace Cox-Johnson
Worship Visuals

Grace Cox-Johnson

Grace Cox-Johnson is a fiber artist and dyer. Her company, Color 4 the Journey, specializes in art for worship settings. In addition, Grace is Director of Music at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown, MO, and adjunct staff at Community Christian Church in Kansas City. She holds a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree in church music from Scarritt Graduate School.

Hycliff Soler & Lunail Colón
Dance

Hycliff Soler & Lunail Colon

Hycliff Soler and Lunail Colón are the founders and directors of Dánzale Christian Dance Academy in Carolina, Puerto Rico. They are also part of the leadership of the Dance Company for the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem, and hold certifications by the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. Along with their children, Ian Cliff and Soleil, they have ministered at international dance conferences in Virginia, Florida, New York, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Israel.

Hannah Barker Nickolay
Theatre in Worship

Hannah Barker Nickolay

Hannah Barker Nickolay is a theatre artist, poet, and worship designer who seeks to find the place where all these things meet to serve the Kingdom. She has an M.Div. from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. Hannah and her spouse, Jackson, work with churches and academic institutions to explore how the intersection between enactment and scripture can give vitality to the worshipping life of the church.

Jackson Nickolay
Theatre in Worship

Jackson Nickolay

Jackson Nickolay is a trained theatre artist, audio producer, and audio book narrator who for the past 10 years has been working in finding the shared ground where faith and storytelling meet. Together with his spouse, Hannah, he teaches scripture enactment and tableau in the vein of the Ancient Hebrew Drama project and the Network of Biblical Storytellers. Jackson is currently pursuing an M.Div. at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI.

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Children

Amanda Page Smith
Elementary Choir

Amanda Page Smith

Amanda Page Smith is the Director of Children’s Music at the Brick Presbyterian Church and the Brick Church School in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education from St. Olaf College. Amanda has also served on the Choristers Guild Institute faculty since its inception and has published numerous articles on early childhood music education.

Nathan Crabtree
DRUM

Nathan Crabtree

Nathan Crabtree is the Music Director at Northminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) and Music Teacher at Snow Creek Elementary School, both in Hickory, NC. He has a particular interest in Orff process (Level II certified) and global percussion in his work at church and school. Nathan is a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and has just completed a term on the Executive Board of the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. He is also a hymn text and tune writer with works published by Faith Alive Christian Resources, GIA, and The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.

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Founded in 1955 as the National Fellowship of Methodist Musicians, The Fellowship has grown to include worship artists, clergy, and laity involved in all aspects of worship from a variety of denominations and experiences.

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