Gathered is a workshop for worship leaders and teams. Our aim is that worship leaders/pastors, instrumentalists, singers, choir members, A/V personnel, etc. would grow in the task of worship leading, regardless of their role, as we fellowship with one another, hear faithful teaching, and participate in worship together. Last year was our first workshop. In it we sought to establish a foundation for worship that was driven by the text of Scripture and centered around the gospel. This year our focus is on congregational singing. We seek to provide teaching and training that will help you strengthen the voice of your congregation. A new addition this year is breakouts (that you can choose during registration) that will narrow the focus to the specific roles mentioned above. We hope you will come and bring your worship ministry participants with you! Register here!


  • The Bible on Singing
  • Why do we sing? Do we have to?
  • Singing as a Spiritual Discipline
  • Discipling our Congregation to Sing
  • Musical Considerations in Promoting Congregational Singing
  • Fostering Congregational Singing as a Leader, Singer, Instrumentalist, or A/V Support
  • Leadership Q&A Panel

We'll also be led in worship by several different leaders utilizing different setups. Whether your church uses a large band or a single instrument, you'll get examples that we hope will aid you in your context.


  • Scott Aniol, Ph.D.

    Scott is an author, speaker, and teacher of culture, worship, aesthetics, and church ministry philosophy. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he founded Religious Affections Ministries, he lectures around the country in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries, and he has authored several books and dozens of articles. Scott has served as worship pastor for almost twenty years in three different churches. He holds a masters degree in Theological Studies (SWBTS), a masters degree in Aesthetics (NIU), and a PhD in Worship Ministry (SWBTS). For more info, check out his website.

  • Andrew pressley

    Andrew was born and raised in the upstate of South Carolina. He is a Graduate of the Fine Arts Center of Greenville County (Jazz Guitar) and has a music degree (Classical Guitar) from Anderson University as well as a Master of Divinity in Church Music (Composition) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Andrew serves at FBC Lindale, TX as Associate Pastor overseeing music and missions. Andrew married Meghan in 2016, who teaches math and serves the church in various ways.

  • Ken Fryer

    Ken is the Fine Arts/Talented Music Instructor for University View Academy in Baton Rouge, LA. He earned the Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from East Texas Baptist University, the Master of Music degree in Voice and Choral Conducting from Northeast Louisiana University. He also holds a Master of Theological Studies degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ken is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and has over thirty years of experience as a church musician, vocalist, voice teacher, and educator and is currently a member of the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. He and his wife Ramona are active worshippers at Riverside Baptist Church in Denham Springs, LA where Ken serves as Director of Music/Associate Pastor.

  • Lewis Richerson, Ph.D.

    Lewis came to Woodlawn Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA as Lead Pastor in May 2012. He previously served at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in various capacities from 2005-2012 where he also received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages (M.Div.) and Doctorate of Philosophy in Preaching (Ph.D.) degrees. His desire is to see the body of Christ, gathered around and focused upon the word of God, in her preaching and music, "for the equipping of the Saints for the work of ministry." In addition to leading in the local church, Pastor Lewis has been instrumental in launching a ministry in India that includes an accredited Bible college and seminary, church planting efforts throughout India, an orphan ministry, and pastor training. He is married to Erica, and together they have four children: Dalton, Carlie, Anna, and David.

  • Laramie Minga

    Laramie is the Music Pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA. He studied music at Northwest Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi, completing a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) at Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), as well as a Master of Music in Church Music (Conducting) from NOBTS. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Laramie and his wife Angela have two precious children: Addison and Will.

  • Richard Thornhill, PE

    Rick is the Audio/Visual Director for Woodlawn Baptist Church. He was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. After graduating from LSU with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, he spent 36 years at Dow Chemical in various engineering and production management positions. He has spent over 25 years as an audio technician, utilizing both analog and digital formats. He is married to Jane and together they have four kids and seven grand kids (three more on the way).



6:00 p.m. Check-In

6:15 p.m.   Dinner

7:30 p.m.  Opening Gathering

9:00 p.m.  Depart


8:00 a.m.  Breakfast

8:30 a.m.  Plenary 1

10:00 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m.  Breakout 1

11:30 a.m.  Lunch

12:30 p.m. Breakout 2

1:30 p.m.   Break

1:45 p.m.   Plenary 2

3:15 p.m.   Break

3:30 p.m.  Closing Gathering

5:00 p.m.  Depart

Breakout 1 Options

Leaders: Discipling Our Team & Congregation

Instrumentalists: Playing as a Team

Singers: Singing as a Team

Audio/Visual Teams: Supporting the Congregation through Audio

Breakout 2 Options

Leaders: Musical Considerations to Foster Congregational Singing

Instrumentalists: Playing to Foster Congregational Singing

Singers: Singing to Foster Congregational Singing

Audio/Visual Teams: Supporting the Congregation through Lyric Projection


Registration: $40/person

Group Rate: 20% off groups of 5 or more

Meals and resources are provided at no extra cost!



Woodlawn Baptist Church

5805 Jones Creek Rd.

Baton Rouge, LA 70817


We are delighted to offer a discount at the following hotel:

Richmond Inn & Suites

2683 Energy Dr

Baton Rouge, LA 70817

Standard Room (King or Double): $72 (normally $119)
Suite (King or Double): $82 (normally $129)
To make a reservation click here,
or call (225) 924-6500 and ask for the Woodlawn Baptist Church rate.

For more information on GATHERED, email Laramie Minga.