WORSHIP LEADER

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RITA SPRINGER

Rita Springer is a gifted worship leader who started writing music for the church when she was a part of the Vineyard movement in the late 1980’s and 90’s.  Her love of music became an extension that flowed out of her passionate relationship with God and what she describes as her musical ‘journal to God in private’ later became her public worship.  Rita published several songs with the Vineyard Music Group before signing an independent label deal with then Floodgate/Found Records, that kick started her recording career. She made six records under Floodgate/Found Records releasing passionate lyrics with prophetic undertones in songs like, Worth It All, I Have to Believe and You Are Still Holy. In 2008 she began a worship school called DIVE. (Deep - Innovative - Vertical - Expression) Rita’s love for the creative arts cultivated her dream to see others use art to express passion and love for God. The School trains and encourages upcoming worship leaders/artists all over the world with weeklong intensive one-on-one courses.  Rita has spent over 20 years touring, singing, and spear heading her own conferences for women, eventually releasing her first book, Finding Eve, in 2012.

 In July of that same year Rita joined the staff of Gateway Church, located in Southlake, TX as an Artist in Resident and will release her 10th record through Gateway/Create entitled, Battles in March of 2017. She resides in Dallas, TX area with her young son, Justice.


EMCEES

 

SHAUNA MANESS

Shauna Maness is a wife, adoptive, foster, and now a birth mama, daughter, sister, and friend who is living a creative life on purpose.  She lives with her husband Brandon and her two kiddos in Downtown Bryan where the door of her home is always open and her table is often full.  Shauna has a Fine Art Degree in Photography and owned and operated a Photography & Design business for over 15 years.  This year marks a new chapter in her life as she steps out of the professional creative role she has known for so long and into the living creative role God has marked out for her with her family within her community.  Shauna spends her days infusing creativity into everything she puts her mind to, from the meals she prepares to the plants that grow in her garden; believing that
beautiful, thoughtful, creative, and intentional lives draw people near to
our God Who’s image we bear in the earth!


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BRIE OLOOTU
Emcee & Spoken Word

Brie is joyful, hilarious, and energetic. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a Psychology major and a minor in Sociology. Post graduation, she moved to Houston, TX, where she has lived for the past five years- a city that she has fallen in love with. Brie taught 7th grade English for four years at YES Prep Public Schools and recently transitioned to Manager of Recruitment. She is passionate about fighting for social justice in education and ensuring every student receives a quality education regardless of their zip code. When Brie is not recruiting teachers and leaders, she is celebrating what God is doing in her life and those around her. Brie loves Jesus, people, traveling, cooking, and encouraging people to be their authentic self. 


ARTIST

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JAMIE WELLS
Art Worship

Jamie Wells is a native Houstonian who received a fine art degree from Rhode Island School of Design.  Her Christian faith is the bedrock for all of her artistic inspiration and she has spent the past 17 years as a public artist, and art activist for social justice. Her commercial clients include, Chevron, Pappas Brothers, Pappasitos, & TowneLake. She started creating art within the church back in 2000, at Passion Conference’s OneDay.  Social causes recently include raising funds for children exploited by ISIS. Christian author, Ann Voskamp, recently featured one of Jamie’s Paintings helping to channel action to this crisis by funding the great work PreEmptive Love Coalition is doing in Iraq. Jamie also has a passion to protect the unborn and has partnered with crisis pregnancy centers such asThe Source for Women to bring hope and healing to the women of Houston. Jamie often performs “Artworship"- live painting at her home church, Bayou City Fellowship. She is a momma to 3 and spends her free time exploring and traveling with her tribe in an ’87 vanagon. You can find her online: www.JamieWells.com or connect on social as @JamieWellsArt