Bishop Tommy McGhee and IPHC Discipleship Ministries are excited to announce their 2021 emphasis on Worship.
“Over the past several years, we have been trying to address the varied portfolio that falls under the responsibilities of Discipleship Ministries,” said Bishop McGhee. “For 2021, we have chosen an emphasis on worship. We are excited to work with Dr. Wes Tuttle and Trés Ward, who will serve as co-consultants for this emphasis. These men are highly skilled and deeply committed to the advancement of worship in the IPHC.”
Discipleship Ministries is working to accomplish two goals with this worship emphasis in 2021. First, a Gathering for Older Adults is in the works. This will be a time to gather and fellowship in worship, singing the songs that have played a vibrant part in this generation’s life with God. Be on the lookout for more details.
Second, training events for music and worship leaders from local IPHC churches are being planned. The purpose of these events is to expand the network of IPHC worship leaders, provide training and resourcing to these leaders, as well as to offer opportunities for songwriting. Dr. Tuttle believes that there are songs ready to come out of the IPHC. These worship leaders’ gatherings will provide a venue for collaboration and songwriting.
Dr. Tuttle is thankful for the opportunity to serve the IPHC: “I am a product of the IPHC. I came to know the Lord and experienced the beginnings of my understanding of worship in a local church in the IPHC. I am very excited to now work with Discipleship Ministries in this particular emphasis on worship. I look forward to growing together in our understanding of what it means to worship the Lord in spirit and truth.”
Trés Ward looks forward to developing this initiative, “As Jesus told the woman at the well, the Father is seeking worshipers, and I believe there are many to be found among the congregations of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church! It is such a tremendous honor to serve the church in this capacity, and I look forward to what the Lord will do as we strive to faithfully steward the gifts and resources He has given us to worship Him.”
**Discipleship Ministries understands the complexities of scheduling that exists around COVID-19 and the effects it continues to have on planning, but we look forward to formally announcing these events in the future.
Dr. Wes Tuttle is an accomplished worship leader, musician, and songwriter. Dr. Tuttle’s songs have been recorded by influential worship leaders like Don Moen, Paul Wilbur, Bob Fitts, John Chisum, Aline Barros, Robin Mark, Juanita Bynum and Judy Jacobs. Wes is an ordained minister and holds an A.A. in Music and a B.A. in Religion from Emmanuel College. He holds an M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University and a M.A.R. with a concentration in Cross-cultural studies from Liberty Theological Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty Theological Seminary.
Trés Ward serves as the Assistant to the President, Director of Worship and Arts Ministries, and an adjunct faculty member at Emmanuel College. He teaches courses in Worship Ministry and Music Education and directs the Emmanuel Singers, The Voices of Emmanuel, and the Chapel Worship teams. Trés received the Bachelor of Music Education from Appalachian State University and is completing the Master of Divinity at Liberty University with an emphasis in Worship Studies. A credentialed minister with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Trés has served the local church and at conference and general denominational events as a choir director, worship leader, and Fine Arts adjudicator as well as an itinerant preacher, evangelist, youth camp speaker, and missions team leader.