Featured Guests

GCoMM 2020 is pleased to announce our plenary guests.

Robin Harris

Dr. Robin Harris (Ph.D. in Music/Ethnomusicology) served for decades in cross-cultural contexts, including 10 years in northern Russia, and now speaks at colleges and conferences about topics such as ethnodoxology and ethnomusicology. Her publications include co-editing the award-winning Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook (William Carey Library, 2013) and a monograph, Storytelling in Siberia: The Olonkho Epic in a Changing World (University of Illinois Press, 2017). She serves as Director of the Center for Excellence in World Arts at Dallas International University and as an International Arts Consultant for SIL International.

Michael A. Ortiz

Dr. Michael A. Ortiz holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Southern Methodist University, Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary [New Testament], and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Seminario Teológico Centroamericano (SETECA) [Theological Education]. Of Cuban-American descent, Michael came to Christ as a married adult in the early years of his law practice. His subsequent ministry record includes leadership involvement in a local church plant soon after his conversion; engagement in international Bible college and seminary teaching in Spain, Latin America, and Cuba; successful efforts to unify and upgrade the quality of theological schools in Cuba; establishing ties to the Caribbean Evangelical Training Association (CETA); and completing Ph.D. studies in Theological Education in the Latin American/AETAL regional context at SETECA. Having served since 2016 as Director of DTS en Español where he led a team to begin Spanish online master’s degree programs for Dallas Theological Seminary, Michael presently serves as Chair of the World Missions and Intercultural Studies Department of DTS. His primary academic interests relate to global theological education and contextualization. He also currently serves as International Director for the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, a global network and support system for regional accreditation agencies. Michael often speaks at conferences on topics related to theological education and biblical intercultural principles. Michael also still maintains a law practice in Florida, and he has been married to Kathy for 33 years and they have two adult children, Michael and Alyssa.

Myrleene Grace Yap

Dr. Myrleene Grace Yap is the Academic Dean at the School of Church Music of Singapore Bible College. In obedience to the call to “train the trainers” and to “teach them everything [He has] commanded”, the Lord is using her position as Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship to equip students from over ten countries to be adaptable spiritual-music-worship leaders. She lives out her passion to point people to the Lord and help them respond rightly through her teaching, preaching and worship leading ministries in Asia and beyond. The Lord also uses her to help leaders and churches realign their ministries back to God’s kingdom agenda through her consultation and mentoring ministries.

Matthew C. Boswell

Matt Boswell is the Founding Pastor of The Trails Church in Prosper, Texas, and also serves as Assistant Professor of Church Music and Worship at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Matt is also a widely respected hymn writer and leading figure in church music; he has released multiple albums and has authored or co-authored widely acclaimed songs including “Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery” and “His Mercy Is More.” He was the editor of the book Doxology and Theology: How the Gospel Forms the Worship Leader (B&H Books, 2013). Matt also is the Founder and Director of Doxology and Theology, a ministry focused on equipping and encouraging worship leaders in the practice of gospel-centered worship. Boswell earned his Master of Arts in Church Ministry from Southern Seminary in 2013 and will complete his Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Worship and Biblical Spirituality at Southern this year. His dissertation is on Charles Spurgeon’s pastoral theology of singing. Boswell is married to Jamie, and they have four children: Caden, Avery, Addison, and Cannon.