Vern Sanders

Vern Sanders

Worship Leadership
Vernon Sanders has been a rock musician, a college professor, an expatriate, a jazz pianist, a non-profit arts foundation administrator, an author, and a music publisher. He served for many years as Associate Professor/Director of Choral Activities at the University of Regina, Canada, and was Director of Music Ministry at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos, California, for 16 years before "retiring" to devote more time to his family and his position as publisher of Creator Magazine, a resource for church musicians and worship leaders. Creator's website serves as the focal point for the Creator Leadership Network, a virtual community of over 4000 church musicians, pastors, and worship leaders who look forward each week to helpful content in the areas of music, ministry, worship, and leadership. Dr. Sanders has been involved in Church Music and Worship Ministry in some capacity since 1957, and as a professional since 1968.

His education includes a BA (Music Education) and MA (Historical Musicology) from UCLA, and a DMA (Conducting) from Stanford University, but he learned the most about what music is about and how to interpret it from John Nelson in Aspen, and John Alldis in Europe. He was the founding president of the Saskatchewan Choral Federation, the founding Executive Director of the Schuyler Institute for the Arts in Worship, and the founding Charter Member of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. Dr. Sanders served for nearly ten years as the Executive Director of the National Association of Church Musicians. He was for 20 years the managing partner of Thomas House Publications, a music publishing company which was subsequently purchased by the Fred Bock Music Company. His published choral works appear in a number of catalogs, and choirs under his direction have appeared on regional and national radio and television in the US and Canada. He is a frequent workshop leader and guest speaker throughout North America.

2014 Breakout Sessions

Using a Choir to Break Down Walls in Worship
Practical ways to break down the "fourth wall" (and the fifth wall) to more deeply engage your congregation in worship
7 Steps to a Perfect Music Ministry Budget
Discover a 7 step process to produce the perfect music ministry budget for any sized church or ministry. The process will guide you in the planning, dreaming, and logistics of preparing a great budget, and includes how-to information to make sure that the finance people understand why you need everything in your budget. Find out how to get the budget you need, not the budget someone else thinks you should have.