General Info

The Heartbeat of God: Rhythms in Worship and Music

Dates: July 24 – 25, 2014EKG-red-heart
Location: Seminary Hall
Co-Directors and Plenary Speakers:  Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, PhD. and Lydia E. Munoz

A 2013 scientific study found that, when people sing together, our heartbeats align, sync, become like one.  For those of us who sing and lead worship, we know that the melodies, rhythms and harmony of liturgy and music bring us into communion with God and with each other.  This year’s SMI will explore the rhythms, pacing and transitions in worship that transport us from the ordinary beat of everyday to the extraordinary complex and compelling ecstatic vibration of the Holy.  Engaging global music and international languages (including two bilingual workshops—Korean/English and Spanish/English), we will expand together our experience of and resources for bringing our heartbeats together.



Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, PhD.Tanya Linn Bennett October 9

An ordained elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, Dr. Linn Bennett serves as  University Chaplain/Director of the Chapel & Religious Life at Drew University.  Tanya is also Associate Professor of Christian Practice at Drew Theological School, and teaches in the areas of emerging worship, educational ministries, and church and society, with particular interest in youth and urban ministries. Her Ph.D. from Drew is in Sociology of Religion; her research work focused on the Millennial Generation and Christian Church. Tanya served on the worship team for the UM General Conference 2008, and will be a delegate in 2012. She has designed worship for the NEJ 2011 Jurisdictional Conference, the Reconciling Ministry Network 2012 Convocation, the Love Your Neighbor General Conference gathering 2012, and the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference.  She leads worship and workshops for various national and global United Methodist events, and has led retreats and seminars throughout the Northeast Jurisdiction.  She can be reached at

Rev. Lydia E. MuñozLydia Munoz

Lydia E. Muñoz is the new church start pastor of PlumbLine Community Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.  She is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and will be for ordained as a provisional Elder this year in her annual conference.  She is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Drew Theological School focusing on Worship, Preaching and Spirituality.    Lydia also serves as Director of ETEL (Escuela Teologica Evangelica Latina) an alternative training school for Latino candidates for ministry.

Lydia has been involved in leading worship for 20 years in varied and diverse settings, both locally and nationally and has a passion for following the Spirit’s lead in the creation of sacred moments and spaces for emergent communities, where together as a community we can experience the transformative power of God.  Her general rules for worship is that the Church needs to sing what we live and live what we sing!  This is how we learn how to be incarnational in our worship and in our mission and how we become authentic and relevant for a world that wants so desperately to learn a new song.

Lydia lives with her husband the Rev. James McIntire, Esq. and her son William Gabriel Caraballo Muñoz, Lacey McIntire and their two dogs Benny and Ella.

Workshop Leaders:

Simone Baiteysimone
Liturgical Dancer

Simone Baitey is a Minister In Training (MIT) at Calvary Baptist Church in Morristown, NJ and nothing else but teaching and preaching the gospel can be her life’s work – whether it be spoken or embodied through the worship arts. She has served in the Youth, Dance and Evangelism ministries as the Executive Director of their Learning Academy and Youth Enrichment Summer (YES) program, a Youth Bible Study Coordinator, Advisor to the Youth Pastor, Worship Leader, Dance Outreach Coordinator and Choreographer.  She began a Community Health and Dance (CHAD) class in Morristown and chairing the Northern NJ Chapter of the National Liturgical Dance Network (NLDN), which trains and unifies worshipers in sacred dance internationally, in 2010.  Currently, she is serving as the Youth Minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Boonton where she leads with a focus on liberation theology and embodied Word.  MIT Baitey is a third year MDiv student, has been appointed the Drew Theological School’s Arts Intern for the 2014-2015 year, and is serving her second term as an officer of the Black Ministerial Caucus.

Helen H. Cha-Pyophoto

For the past thirteen years, Music Director Helen Cha-Pyo has inspired hundreds of young musicians to perform at the highest levels, resulting in Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) being recognized as one of the premier music organizations for youth in the United States.  From 1996 to 2002, Ms. Cha-Pyo served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Riverside Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and Associate Director of Music at The Riverside Church in New York City

Ms. Cha-Pyo served as Artistic Director for Kenya Jirani Choir and Harlem Jirani Ensemble of the Jirani Cultural Organization from 2009 – 2012. Ms. Cha-Pyo is also an active church musician serving as choral clinician as well as music leader and liturgist for many national events of the United Methodist Church and for various other denominations.  Born in Seoul, Ms. Cha-Pyo immigrated to the USA when she was 12.  She studied piano and organ in the Pre-College Program at The Juilliard School.   She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organ Performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Master of Music degrees in conducting and organ performance from the Eastman School of Music.  Ms. Cha-Pyo is a member at the Bethany Korean United Methodist Church in Wayne, NJ, where she serves as conductor of Joo-Sarang choir.  She resides in Morristown, NJ with her husband, Daniel and two sons, Christopher and Michael.

Marcus Allen JohnsonMarcus Johnson

Marcus Allen Johnson is a native from New Haven county, Connecticut. His exceptional skill as a drummer is nationally recognized. Marcus discovered  his love for music at an early age; his first professional gig was at the age of 7 and since then he has been playing in churches, bands and community organizations worldwide. Marcus’ creativity and passion for music makes him one of the best professional and well rounded musicians around.
He believes that he is never too good to practice. His motto is maintain and learn!

Rev. Won Tack LeeWon Tack Lee
Technology Coordinator, Worship Team, NY Annual Conference

Rev. Won Tack Lee is a Provisional Elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He is now serving in Dix Hills, New York.  He is married and a part of a clergy couple.  They have two young children.  Worship media began as his personal interest in technology met the needs of worship and ministry.  Sending pictures and videos of the kids to grandparents developed into tools of evangelism and outreach for worship!  Building on his interests, he began exploring the possibilities of technology in worship.

Most recently he served as the technology coordinator for the Annual Conference Worship Team.  He enjoyed creating media resources for worship that engaged and encouraged creativity.  He has led workshops on website maintenances, information sharing, basic computer use in the local church, social media and the church and more.

Boram Lim
ArtistBoram Lim

Boram Lim was born and raised in South Korea. She studied fine art and oil painting at Hongik University, a prestigious art school in Korea and started her work as a freelance illustrator. She received B.A. in Christian Education from Chongshin University in 2009 in Korea, and following her graduation, she traveled to New Jersey to study at Drew. Boram completed her M. Div. in 2014 from Drew Theological School where she was also awarded Patricia Wichkham Prize In Feminist Scholarship for her visual artwork throughout her degree program. She also received the Fellowship Seminarian Award for her music leadership in worship. During her study at Drew, she has developed broad interests in combining art with biblical narratives, worship, and pastoral theology in addition to using art for children’s ministry. Currently, she is engaged a cartoon project which deals with issue of gender, race, and otherness through rereading Hagar and Ishmael’s story.

Teresita Matos-Post
Spoken Word ArtistTeresita Matos

Teresita is a spoken word artist, writer, preacher, and teacher.  Poetry allowed her to find her voice and the ability to share her world-view. In, 2006 she first preached using Spoken Word at her local church, Christ Hispanic United Methodist Church in Orlando, FL, which provoked great questions and fostered fruitful conversations days after the service. Having used this form in other settings, she believes that Spoken Word in an intergenerational language that has the appealing power to engage the senses in worship.  Most recently, she served as Poet-in-Residence at Drew Theological School, writing pieces for special chapel worship services and other campus events.  She recently earned her M.Div from Drew Theological School and has been appointed to pastor Mount Horeb UMC and Martinsville UMC in New Jersey.

Rev. James F. McIntire, MDiv, JD
United Methodist Elder
James Mcintire

The Reverend James F. McIntire, MDiv, JD is a United Methodist elder in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference with an energy and passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the life of worshipping congregations.  For nearly 30 years, he has worked personally and professionally to create inclusive spaces and hearts so that no one is left out of our communities.  Much of the motivation for his ministry dedicated to disability rights and inclusion is a result of having been raised by a father, John, who lost of a leg during WWII and was overwhelmed by the PTSD which followed as well as his daughter, Lindsay’s (age 26), congenital intellectual and physical disabilities.  McIntire who is currently serving Hope UMC in Havertown, PA, near Philadelphia, received his MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (1989) and a JD from Widener University School of Law (1984).  He has three adult children, a teenage stepson, and is married to The Reverend Lydia E. Muñoz.

Dr. Anne Yardley
Former Associate Professor of Music and Associate Academic Dean of Drew Theological SchoolAnne Yardley

Anne Yardley served for many years as Associate Professor of Music and Associate Academic Dean of Drew Theological School. She is a member at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown where she led the girls’ choir from 1986-2003 and has sung in the adult choir for over 35 years. She holds a PhD from Columbia University in Musicology and is the author ofPerforming Piety: Musical Culture in Medieval English Nunneries (2006) and articles on a variety of topics including medieval music, hymnody, and pedagogy. Since retiring from academia, she has become a certified life coach.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

God is Not One Beat: Overcoming the Challenge of Different Faith Traditions Through Dance
Simone Baitey

Nelson Mandela said, “As I walked toward my freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my hatred and bitterness behind, I’d still be in prison”.  The basic quality or kind of challenge that world religions make to our faith in practice as Christians is that we isolate our type of religion, we do not have basic understandings about other faith traditions’ teaching and practices, thus we alienate the spiritual life of people of other religious traditions.  We even show them hatred and bitterness.  The nature of the challenge of world religions to Christian faith and practice can be overcome through dance.  Through dance people can see and experience the reality of religious plurality and be free from alienation.  Through dance people can participate in interactions, dialogue and cooperation of common interests of the community.  Through dance people can become aware of and learn from the spiritual practices of others faith traditions.

Rhythm as Key in Worship
Lydia Muñoz
Marcus Johnson

This workshop will explore how drums and percussion can serve as a great enhancement to any worship celebration.  Marcus Johnson (drummer for Subject to Change-Mark Miller Band) brings his vast knowledge and experience to share with you.  Lydia Muñoz, percussionist will also lead in global percussion.

Worship Media: Embracing Technology for Worship
Won Tack Lee

“Worship Media” is where technology meets worship. Worship media often refers to the videos used for worship.  However Worship Media is far more than just the use of video clips and clip art.  Worship Media claims the use of technology in all forms from taking pictures/videos to making PowerPoints to editing a video for worship to uploading files to social media as tools to enhance the worship experience.  Worship media is lots of fun!  Engage your congregation and encourage people to be creative and exercise your imagination through the visual and audio senses.  Come learn techniques, bring your computers and your questions!

Spoken Word and Poetry in the Worship Setting
Teresita Matos-Post

In an era when Millenials communicate in 140 characters or less; How are preachers to capture their imaginations and provoke questions that ensure follow up conversations about God, Jesus, and spirituality? This session will invite participants to explore “drawing pictures” with poetic verse to foster engaging worship experiences in their faith communities.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Engaging Children in Worship through Music
Helen Cha-Pyo

This workshop will explore creative ways to engage children in worship through diverse musical and liturgical expressions, as well as actively involving the children in planning and leading worship.

Re-envisioning the Church Choir
Dr. Anne Yardley

In this thoroughly participatory workshop we will dream together about what forms choral singing may take in the coming decades. Is the traditional church choir dying? What might it morph into? Bring your expertise and visions to share and an open heart and mind to learn from others.

We Don’t Have Any Here: Worship and People with Disabilities
Rev. James F. McIntire

This workshop will introduce you to a basic theology of disability and inclusion, explore the gifts of people with disabilities, focus on the physicality, language, and intentionality of inclusive worship.  It’s not just about ramps and large print bulletins. Begin the process with these learnings or expand your ministry of inclusion as we work together to welcome the gifts and needs of people with disabilities in our congregations.

Symbol, Image, and Worship
Boram Lim

This workshop will invite participants discuss and explore the use of visual art not only as an important element in worship experience but also as a vital means of expressing and shaping communal identity and spirituality. Why do images matter in worship? What kind of messages are we sending through the images we use in our worship services? How can we shape our worship experience with art?  How do we connect with God through art? While discussing these topics, participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and explore their own ways of engaging art in worship through art exercises.



9:00 am                     Registration & Continental Breakfast—Seminary Hall Atrium

10:00 am                   Opening Worship—Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

11:00 am                   Opening Keynote – Tanya Linn Bennet & Lydia Muñoz, Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

12:30 pm                   Lunch—Seminary Hall Atrium

2:00pm                      Workshop Session 1 (choose one of the following:)

1. Liturgical Dance, Simone Baitey
2. Rhythm as Key in Worship, Marcus Johnson, percussionist for Subject to Change-Mark Miller Band, and Lydia Muñoz, pastor, composer, worship leader
3: Worship Media: Embracing Technology for Worship, Won Tack Lee
4: Spoken Word and Poetry in the Worship Setting,  Teresita Matos-Post, spoken word artist, writer, preacher, and teacher

3:30pm                      Break

3:45pm                       Workshop Session 2 (choose one of the following:)

1. Liturgical Dance, Simone Baitey
2. Rhythm as Key in Worship, Marcus Johnson, percussionist for Subject to Change-Mark Miller Band, and Lydia Muñoz, pastor, composer, worship leader
3: Worship Media: Embracing Technology for WorshipWon Tack Lee
4: Spoken Word and Poetry in the Worship Setting Teresita Matos-Post, spoken word artist, writer, preacher, and teacher

5:30pm                       Dinner - Seminary Hall Atrium; Dinner & gathering for music campers –  Sem Hall 210

7:00pm                       Sacred Youth Musical Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

The music camp for Youth run by Mark and Tanya will once again delight us with an inspiring original sacred musical. 


8:30 am                       Continental Breakfast  - Seminary Hall Atrium

9:00 am                       Morning Prayer – Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

9:45 am                       Plenary Session – Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

11:00 am                     Workshop Session 1 (choose one of the following:)

1. Engaging Children in Worship through Music, Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor and musician
2. Revisioning the Church Choir, Dr. Anne Yardley, former Associate Professor of Music and Associate Academic Dean of Drew Theological School
3. We Don’t Have Any Here: Worship and People with Disabilities, Rev. James McIntire, JD
4. Symbol, Image, and Worship, Boram Lim, artist

12:30 pm                      Lunch—Seminary Hall Atrium

2:00 pm                        Workshop Session 2 (choose one of the following:)

1. Engaging Children in Worship through Music, Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor and musician
2. Revisioning the Church ChoirDr. Anne Yardley, former Associate Professor of Music and Associate Academic Dean of Drew Theological School
3. We Don’t Have Any Here: Worship and People with Disabilities, Rev. James McIntire, JD
4. Symbol, Image, and Worship, Boram Lim, artist

3:30 pm                       Break

4:00 pm                       Liturgy & Music Slam – Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall

5:30 pm                       Dinner

7pm                             Worship – Craig Chapel, Seminary Hall


While there is no on-campus housing available for the Summer Music Institute, we have arranged for special rates at two area hotels . Participants are responsible for reserving their own accommodations. When calling, be sure to ask for the Drew rate (these special rates are not available online).

The Madison Hotel
1 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

$149/night for Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24 and $99/night for Friday, July 25, plus %15 tax, single or double, **based on availability** – rate guaranteed until July 9, 2014

The Morristown Inn, Best Western
270 South Street, Morristown, NJ

$139/night for Wednesday, July 23; $110/night Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25, subject to 15% tax.

Amenities at Morristown Inn, Best Western include complimentary hot and cold breakfast, complimentary wireless Internet, on-site restaurant, live Jazz on Friday evenings, and local shuttle to Drew (based on availability). A room block of 5 rooms will be held until July 9th.


Registration Fee

  • General Registration: $150 for both days; $75 for one day
  • Church Groups: $110 for the first person; $35 for each additional person (there is no one-day rate available to groups, as a discount already applies)
    NOTE: Each member of the group must register individually, so we have the names and schedules for the workshop rosters and participant packets
  • Drew Alumni: $100 for both days; $50 for one day
  • Current Drew Student: no charge


Daily continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in the registration fee

C.E.U. Opportunity

Participants may earn one Continuing Education Unit by attending the 2012 Summer Music Institute.
Cost: $35.

To Register

To complete registration, complete the online form below and send your check made out to Drew University, including payment for registration, plus the C.E.U. if desired, to:

Amy Jones
Drew Theological School
36 Madison Avenue
12 Camus Drive
Madison, NJ  07940

Your online submission will hold your registration for seven days. Questions?: Contact Amy Jones at

Registration Form:

(additional $35)