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prepare (v) - Made in advance for a future use.

What is Prepare?

Prepare is an onboarding and training course for those interested in joining Substance Worship.


There is nothing more nerve-wracking than walking into a new situation to play worship for the first time. There can be so much to learn in the beginning, like:

  • when and where do I load in my gear?
  • what do I need to bring?
  • how do I mix my in-ear monitors?
  • what is Planning Center?

Questions like these can create anxiety and affect your playing and leading. The goal of this course is to create a safe space to ask and answer all of your questions about leading worship at Substance Church! Allotting time for learning and community building before your first time on the platform allows you to lead dynamically and with increased confidence.


We are always accepting applications! Once we have enough participants to form a band for a full PREPARE course, we will reach out to accepted applicants to schedule. Click HERE to learn how to submit your application and audition video.

Questions? Shoot us an email!! We look forward to seeing your application and audition video.

Wondering what PREPARE is like?

Click below to hear testimonials from former students!


We use a mixture of staff and core volunteers to coach in this course. There usually is a coach for each instrument represented in the band. Between all the tech and theory it takes to be on the worship team, there is quite a bit to learn. But don't worry, you got this!
That's why we have these coaches!! We have been told that having these coaches share from their experience is one of the best ways people learn exactly what they need to know before being on a team.


Husband, father, singer, songwriter, carpenter, general contractor, avid learner, gear-head, lover of all things musical, and last but never least disciple of Christ. He and his wife Julie have two little girls: Aria and Avalyn. He’s been on stages performing for more than thirty years, been a paid singer for almost twenty, and is part of the original launch team of Substance Church. He’s led in front of thousands of people and performed with hundreds of musicians. He’s very opinionated and a stickler for body mechanics whilst singing.

Substance Christmas Service 2018


Kelly is on Substance Staff as a Campus Worship Pastor. She has loved leading worship at Substance since 2011, and has enjoyed the opportunity to be coaching and raising up the next wave of worship leaders at Substance. Professionally and classically trained in both voice and piano from elementary school through college, Kelly loves teaching about proper breathing and singing techniques. Cheering on other vocalists as they learn and grow is one of her favorite things about the worship ministry at Substance!



Currently on staff in the Worship Department at Substance. Maxwell has 14 years of musical experience which started with intensive training in classical theory and jazz theory, composition, and arrangement. He has played multiple instruments in groups around the Midwest and taught lessons at the Halstead School of Music and Classical Music Academy. He has experience and knowledge of music software, specializing in Ableton Live. He has also taken 6 years of professional voice lessons and has sung in musical groups and choirs around the nation. Maxwell loves electronic, funk, soul, and chordally insane music.

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Angie is on staff in the worship and media departments and has been leading worship here at Substance since 2010. She has been singing since before she could speak (according to her mom) and has experience as a live and session background vocalist. Angie is passionate about raising up worship leaders and is looking forward to helping other women live up to their potential as vocalists and leaders. She has an affinity for the music of Brooke Fraser, Mutemath, and is a little obsessed with Amanda Cook. Angie loves hyperbole, Saturday mornings, Target, and her little family. Her proudest accomplishment are her super cute & squishy babies, Louie & Georgie.

Substance Christmas Service 2018


Zoey is on staff at Substance in both the Media and Worship departments. She started performing on stages when she was 8, and began using her musical passions for leading worship at 16. Having gone through the Prepare course as a student herself - she can relate to the vulnerability of taking this next step, and would say it’s totally worth it! Encouraging others about walking in freedom and authority as worship leaders is something she is passionate about, as well as giving reminders about practical ways to be more comfortable on stage. When she’s not at Substance, she can usually be found doing life with her new husband Artem - writing music, playing video games, cooking, and making tons of trips to Target.