Specialists

Rev. Dr. Craig Gilbert

Rev. Dr. Gilbert is currently the Pastor of Worship at Friendswood UMC. He has provided guidance to almost 50 churches in the Texas Annual Conference in his role as worship consultant. Craig was the Worship Director for the TAC for six years, planning and leading worship for the annual event. He has also worked with many churches across the country, as well as personally instructing over 5,000 worship pastors and worship leaders from across the globe on a variety of congregational worship issues. His book, Launching a New Worship Community, was released by Upper Room Books in August of 2021. Craig works closely with Discipleship Ministries and Path 1 Church Planting to help UM churches around the country with developing, designing and launching new worship services, re-imagining, and re-launching existing services and even planting new churches. Craig is a national faculty member of the National Worship Leader Conference, member of the Advisory Board of Worship Leader Magazine, former contributing editor to Worship Sound and Song Magazine.

Dealing with challenges in worship ministries is a unique process in every church. With a Doctorate in worship, over 25 years of worship design, planning, and leading experience, as well as almost 15 years of worship consulting in churches across the country, Rev. Dr. Craig Gilbert is prepared to help your church find the answers you need. Whether it is coaching, problem solving, or you just want someone to listen as you talk through your challenges, Craig can help. Craig has experience in all styles of worship, in churches of every size, and in any location. From worship design, implementation, to even staffing issues, Dr. Gilbert can help. Small country church setting? Large, urban church setting? High liturgical style? Cutting edge contemporary approach? Something in-between? Whatever your worship setting, while Dr. Gilbert has worked and/or consulted in a church like yours, he also knows that your church and its needs are unique. He will help you find the answers specific to the mission and ministry of your church.

Rev. Ginny Griggs    

Ginny is an ordained deacon in the TAC and currently serves as the pastor of worship and community engagement at Memorial Drive UMC in Houston. She loves reading, hiking, and camping, and is the mother to one orange cat and many houseplants.

Ginny’s skills in worship include service design, sermon series planning, leading team meetings, liturgical writing and compilation, volunteer training, and the use of Planning Center. She has served in this capacity in churches of all sizes, both on staff and as a consultant.

 

Rev. Dr. Daniel Irving

Daniel is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and has been in full-time ministry for 14 years. In his first appointment he planted The Journey Worship Community at Memorial Drive UMC and during his tenure the community grew from 70-700 in worship making MDUMC in the top ten fastest growing UM churches in the country. He then served as Senior Pastor at First UMC Huntsville during a season of church transition and change and was appointed as Senior Pastor of First Methodist Conroe in July 2020 of the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been married to Jean for 16 years and together they are parents to twin pre-teen daughters and a 7-year-old son.

I have led effective transformation in multiple contemporary worship communities helping them to embrace the ancient traditions of the church through liturgy and communion and using a practical teaching message with modern music. I enjoy observing and strategizing with congregations on how to revamp and improve contemporary worship communities.