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Here at Kentucky Christian University we are eager to come alongside church ministry staff to help, encourage, and support the work that is being done within congregations, youth groups, and communities.  Many ministers find themselves wanting to host a worship or outreach team for a worship service, retreat, youth rally, or other event. However, their resources make it hard to do so.

KCU has a worship outreach team called Elevate that does just that.

Elevate is a team of eight members that strives to create an environment of authentic, Spirit-filled worship as one body encountering God.  These students offer their talents and gifts as a group of worship leaders and speaker.  Elevate is made up of three vocalists that alternate on keyboard and acoustic guitar, a lead guitarist, a bass player, drummer, sound technician, and a speaker.  Though each Elevate member varies in backgrounds and future life plans, they share the same passion for ministry.

Over the past four years, Elevate has been invited to share their ministry talents in numerous churches, retreats, youth rallies, and camps.  Their audiences have spanned all age groups.

This outreach team is free of charge to travel and serve your church body.  We only ask that you assist in housing the members if an overnight stay is needed.

Elevate would love to share their hearts of ministry, introduce your students to KCU, and be an inspiration to your congregation as a whole.  If you would be interested in having them come visit and share at your church or event, simply email us so we can work out a date that works best for you.  We are currently filling Elevate’s schedule for the 2015-2016 school year and are doing so on a first come, first serve basis.

To schedule Elevate or for more questions, please contact Bekah Bryant at or 606.474.3288.


Elevate Members:

Caleb Jones – Audio Engineer – Elevate Leader

  • Hometown: Owingsville, KY
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Minor: Audio Technology

Spencer Jones – Keyboard/Vocals

  • Hometown: Waynesville, OH
  • Major: Worship

Faith Gergely – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals

  • Hometown: Canton, OH
  • Major: Worship
  • Minor: Vocal Performance

Tiarra Stewart – Vocals

  • Hometown: Sidney, OH
  • Major: Social Work

David Roberts – Drums

  • Hometown: Cynthiana, KY
  • Major: Worship

Matt Wolfe – Bass Guitar

  • Hometown: Shelbyville, KY
  • Major: University Studies
  • Minor: Audio Technology

Kyle Barnett – Electric Guitar

  • Hometown: Richmond, VA
  • Major: Youth & Family Ministry

Jon Rhoades – Speaker

  • Hometown: Columbus, OH
  • Major: Advanced Biblical Studies
  • Minor: Ministry

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