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One of the most inspirational and informative gatherings of worship leaders, the National Worship Leader Conference (NWLC) is a unique event that brings together musicians and songwriters, movers and shakers, theologians and scholars across the worldwide worship community.


Note on Classes: As we finalize the schedule, some classes need to shift so be sure to double check before you arrive.  Also, when you sign up for a class, it does not guarantee your seat. This schedule is available early so you can plan your day! Thanks for your patience and understanding!
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Wednesday, May 9 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Worship vs Entertainment

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moderator: John J Thompson

Teachers and Artists
avatar for Dr. Ron Allen

Dr. Ron Allen

Senior Professor of Bible Exposition, Dallas Theological Seminary
Diploma, California Lutheran Bible School, 1960; B.A., California State University at Los Angeles, 1964; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1968; Th.D., 1973, D.D., Rocky Mountain Bible College and Seminary, 2009.In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Dallas Seminary, Dr... Read More →
avatar for Keith Everette Smith

Keith Everette Smith

Keith Everette Smith (keitheverettesmith.com) is a producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and teacher.  If there’s one thread that comes through everything he does, it’s that he’s good at seeing potential, envisioning where to go and helping lead people there. He is an activator. Smith is a lifelong trumpet player... Read More →
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Dr. Leonard Sweet

General Session speaker (Tuesday)
Leonard Sweet is a scholar of USAmerican culture; a semiotician who “sees things the rest of us do not see, and dreams possibilities that are beyond most of our imagining;” and a preacher and best-selling author who communicates the gospel with a signature bridging of the worlds... Read More →
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John J. Thompson

Associate Dean, Trevecca School of Music and Worship Arts
John J. Thompson is a 25-year music industry veteran, author, songwriter, artist, producer and teacher who currently serves as associate dean of the Trevecca School of Music and Worship Arts. Originally from the Chicago area, Thompson moved to Nashville in 2007 with his wife, Michelle... Read More →