Each presenter for Response 2019 has been chosen for their familiarity with the local church context, expertise in their field, and a spiritual understanding of the most Christian of all activities—-worship.
Tiago Arrais pastors the Adventist Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has a PhD in Old Testament and Christian Philosophy from Andrews University. He is also a singer-songwriter and has multiple albums released through Sony Music in his home country (Brazil) with his brother Andre as Os Arrais. Tiago is married to Paula and has two children, Benjamin and Joana.
J Harold Alomia
Harold Alomia is Lead Pastor at the College View Church on the campus of Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska. His years of international ministry have shaped his passion for thoughtful, meaningful worship in the local congregation. He is eager to see people embrace worship as the reaction and response to God's calling in our lives.
Kessia Reyne Bennett
Kessia Reyne Bennett has ministered in a variety of contexts and currently serves as a pastor. She holds an MDiv from Andrews University and is a PhD candidate in systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is a wife, a mother, and a worshiper.
Deneil Clarke is currently the worship pastor at College View Church with specialties in music making and leading, preaching, and crafting liturgies. He holds graduate degrees in communication arts and divinity. He is thrilled to have his wife, Racquel Clarke, as his partner in life and ministry, along with their little son, Jude.
Lilianne Doukhan has a PhD in musicology and is Professor Emeritus of Music and former Chair of the Music Department at Andrews University. Dr. Doukhan comes with a lifelong experience as a church musician and minister of music and brings with her a rich multicultural experience. For 18 years she functioned as chair of the Collegiate Service Worship Commission at Pioneer Memorial Church. She lectures and holds workshops around the world on worship and church music. Dr. Doukhan has published many articles on worship and music and is the author of In Tune with God (2010).
Brett Hadley has been a pastor and a teacher for 28 years, with a ministry that has spanned small church congregations to audiences of 50,000. He is the founder of Adventist Christian Theater, and author of scripts published by Youth Specialities, Zondervan, and Pioneer Drama. He earned his MFA at UC Davis and currently teaches at Union College.
After years of leading small congregations, Mic Henton now serves as a full-time youth pastor. The mission of his ministry is to lead youth to encounter Jesus and to help them learn to walk with him.
Devon Howard is the Director of Keyboard and Theory Studies and Chair of the Department of Music at Southwestern Adventist University. He is an accomplished organist, a Fulbright scholar, and an experienced worship director, having led music and worship ministries in several congregations. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2012 and continues to be a passionate advocate for improvisation, education, and performance.
Marcus Larivaux is a pastor with a passion for the gospel of Christ. He is a graduate of Oakwood University and has a Masters of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Pastor Larivaux wholeheartedly believes in leading souls to the saving gospel of Jesus Christ because it is Christ’s love that will change the world. He is the senior pastor at the Allon Chapel in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Adriana Perera is the Chair of the Department of Music at Andrews University. The mission of her ministry is to promote quality music ministries in local churches and the production of music materials that make an impact on society, taking the message of Jesus to everyone. She is a composer, professor, international lecturer, and author. More than 200 sacred pieces written by her are currently performed by choirs, orchestras, and soloists around the world. As a composer and recording artist, she has co-produced six albums with her sacred musical works. She has published several articles and two books on the topic of music and worship.