2017 respond staff


  • Shane Wood

    RETREAT PASTOR

    Shane was named one of Christian Standard’s “40 Leaders Under 40” (July 2013) and also recognized by Theology Degrees Online as one of the “100 Remarkable Professors & Scholars Theology Students Should Know About.” Shane’s other publications include: Dragons, John, and Every Grain of Sand: Essays on the Book of Revelation (Joplin, MO: College, 2011) and “God’s Triumphal Procession: Re-examining the Release of Satan in the Light of Roman Imperial Imagery (Revelation 20:7-10)” in Currents in British Research on the Apocalypse (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015).


    Shane and his family are now living in Joplin, MO where he is Professor of New Testament Studies and the Director of the B.Th. New Testament Studies Program at Ozark Christian College.

  • DOUG SONGER

    WORSHIP LEADER

    Doug currently serves as the Music Minister for Tyro Christian Church (Tyro, KS).  He has attended the Respond Worship Retreat on multiple occasions and taught a workshop at the 2015 retreat.

  • jarOn myers

    comedian/musician 

    On Friday night, Jaron will provide a great evening of comedy and music.  Jaron is a worship leader, song writer, comedian, and actually an alumni of the Respond Worship Retreat!

  • blake & Tyler richter

    Vocal Intensive

    This 2 part intensive will dive into the role of the vocalist in worship; examining effective breathing techniques, critical listening skills, vocal arrangements for any size team, as well as appropriate stage presence for worship.

  • dr. karl & shannon wendt

    Fearfully and Wonderfully Made? Really?

    Karl and Shannon have been teaching at the college level for more than 30 years. They frequently speak at seminars, conferences, youth rallies, and civic agencies on issues such as marriage, parenting, dating, and personalities. Karl has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy and is the Director of the Christian Counseling Center in Joplin. He is also the Worship leader and Family Life director at his congregation. Shannon has a BA in speech and English Education and a Masters in speech communication. Shannon is also national consultant for effective ways to teach Authentic Human Sexuality in public schools. They have written two books I Want to Teach my Child about Sex and I Want to Talk with my Teen About Love, Sex and Dating. They have been married for 36 years with two perfect daughters and one perfect son-in- law.

    This workshop deals with what makes us so different from one another and how we can work together on the worship team.

  • jarod anderson

    Better Together

    Jarod currently serves as the Worship Minister at Northside Christian Church in Broken Arrow, OK.  This workshop will highlight the importance of worship planning with a team of people, as well as how you as a member of the team can contribute to the planning of worship services.

  • Corey scott & nathan horton

    Guitar Intensive [With Palen Music]

    Corey and Nathan have a total of about 50 years of playing guitars.  Perhaps, you saw them perform together in the band Brother John in the mid-nineties (probably not!).  This 2-part intensive will cover the roles of electric and acoustic guitars, ways to work tighter together, as well as the role of having the right gear/tools for modern worship.  A representative from Palen Music Store will also participate to do a demo of some of the best products.