Children’s Worship University

January 22-23, 2016

Children’s Worship University offers practical classes for children’s worship and children’s choir leadership of contemporary, blended and traditional, large, medium and small churches. Classes are led by expert clinicians and are creative, challenging and inspiring. It is also a time to network with leadership from other churches throughout the state.


First Baptist Church Lewisville
1251 W. Valley Ridge Blvd.
Lewisville, TX 75077
(Located at the intersection of Valley Ridge Blvd. and Old Orchard/McGee Lane)

Find directions here.


Friday, January 22

12:30 pm – Registration & Exhibits Open
1:00 – Early Bird Session – Darlene Abbott
2:10 – Welcome/General Session
2:45 – Session 1
4:00 – Exhibits Break/Snack Break
4:30 – Session 2
5:45 – Dinner Break
6:30 – Friday Night Worship with Chris & Diane Machen
7:45 – Dismiss

Saturday, January 23

8:30 am – Devotional – Darlene Abbott
9:20 – Session 3
10:35 – Session 4
11:45 – Keynote – Darlene Abbott
12:45 pm – Lunch
1:20 – Session 5/Exhibits Close
2:30 – Dismiss

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Featured Speaker

Darlene Abbott

Darlene Abbott serves as co-director of Kid’s Worship Choir at The Church at Station Hill a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. She is a writer of preschool and children’s music and curriculum. She created Preschool Praisentation with Kathie Hill and has contributed to many products by LifeWay. Darlene is the creator of the Music Mom Products which include music teaching games and activities. She travels as an instructor and clinician for church workers, choir leaders, music educators, and day school teachers as well as women’s events. A graduate of the University of North Alabama, Darlene currently resides in Spring Hill, TN, with her husband and three children.

Worship Leaders

Chris and Diane Machen

Over their three decades in the field of contemporary Christian music, Chris and Diane Machen have had influence as singers, songwriters, publishers, actors, studio musicians, choir clinicians and worship leaders.

Through national TV appearances and radio play, recordings with Word Records, Urgent Records, Discovery House Music and the Master’s Music Company and a 25 year traveling concert and conference ministry, Chris and Diane have served God faithfully with their music. They have appeared with such artists as Wayne Watson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Scott Wesley Brown, Larnelle Harris, the Imperials and Luke Garrett. Their songs have been recorded by artists such as the Gatlin Brothers, The Imperials, Gold City Quartet, Luke Garrett, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Steve and Annie Chapman, Steve Amerson and The Talleys.

Missions are an ongoing part of the Machen’s ministry. Chris and Diane have been involved in worship and evangelistic campaigns in many countries around the world including Guatemala, Spain, Germany, Korea, Mongolia, Cyprus, Mexico, Romania, Colombia and Peru. In addition, Diane is a sought-after speaker and worship leader for women’s events, Chris and Diane are presently serving at Preston Ridge Baptist church in Frisco, Texas, where Chris is the worship pastor,

The greatest joy of the Machen’s life is their family: daughter, Jennifer and son-in-law, Stephen Bush; son, Ryan; and two delightful granddaughters, Elizabeth Joy and Cecily Grace.

2016 Clinicians

Karen Gosselin, Montgomery, Alabama – Choir Coordinators
Dora Ann Purdy, Nashville, Tennessee – Preschool Choirs
Heather Olson & Kimberly Ingram, Dallas, Texas – Choirs Grades 1-3
Susan Eernnissee, Carrollton, Georgia – Choirs Grades 4-6
Keith Pate, St. Augustine, Flordia – Combined Choirs Grades 1-6
Mark Burrows, Ft. Worth – Worship with Kids
Carol James, Knoxville, Tennessee – Instrumental
Kay Smith, Kingsland Texas – Small Groups

Class Titles and Descriptions

Coming Soon


Hilton Garden Inn Dallas/Lewisville

785 SH 121
Lewisville, Texas 75067
(972) 459-4600

Rooms are $89, plus tax, for King or Double Room. Complimentary Breakfast for everyone in the room is included in the room rate.

Each church is responsible for making and paying for their reservation from the room block. Each church is also responsible for providing Tax Exempt Certificates from their church. Call (972) 459-4600 to make a hotel reservation. When making reservations by phone ask for the “Texas Baptists Children’s Worship University” room block.

The deadline to make reservations is December 28, 2015 or when the block is filled.


Participant registration includes Friday Dinner, Saturday Lunch and Friday Snack Break.If you have special dietary needs, we suggest you bring something to eat with you.

Friday Dinner

  • Red pasta with grilled chicken
  • White pasta with grilled chicken
  • Salad
  • Various desserts
  • Ice Tea
  • Water

Saturday Lunch

  • Sandwiches
  • Broccoli cheese soup
  • Home baked cookies
  • Ice Tea
  • Water

Friday Break

  • Gourmet Popcorn
  • Ice Tea
  • Water



$99 early registration per person
$125 registration per person after December 21

A cancellation fee of $35 will be charged after January 6, 2016.
No refunds will be given after January 13, 2016.

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Registration includes Friday snack, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch.


Prices will vary depending on exhibit option. Click here for more information.

If cancelling on or before January 13, 2016, a cancellation fee of $100 will be deducted from the exhibitor’s refund. If cancelling after January 13, 2016, exhibitor will forfeit all fees.

2016 Exhibitor Letter

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Karen Witcher

(214) 828-5246