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

What is Prepare?

Prepare is a 6-week onboarding and training track for those interested in Substance Worship.

Purpose- At Substance, we believe that a great worship ministry starts with great worship volunteers. This course is designed to create an open and safe space for this growth to begin- whether you have been involved in previous worship ministries or not. Our intent is to help students become familiar with the stage, each other, and the ministry.

Expectations- As a student of Prepare, you are expected to attend all 6 sessions, minus 1. We allow you to miss 1 session in the case of family emergencies, car issues, and any other unforeseen or even planned circumstances that may arise. Our purpose behind this requirement is to ensure your role in the ministry is taken seriously, to be respectful of your bandmates, and to foster a consistent and community-oriented learning environment for all participants.

If you are interested in being a part of Prepare, please email and be ready to complete an application and audition video.


Spring 2018 Session– Finished

Summer 2018 Session–Finished

Fall 2018 Session– Begins October 22nd

Video Auditions and Applications due: TBA.



Currently on staff in the Worship Department at Substance. Maxwell has 12 years of 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.



Danny, or Dannybunny as he’s known around here, has been leading worship for 13 years, and has spent 7 of those years at Substance. He is a multi-instrumentalist having played keys for 18 years, and guitar for 13, and has spent a few years studying music theory and orchestration as well. He has played various roles for a few local music groups (guitar, keys, vocals, music director, etc) and writes pop, rock, and cinematic/orchestral music in his free time. He is passionate about coming alongside artists to help them see their musical dreams come to life and loves helping worship leaders realize the fullness of their calling, in addition to leading with healthy hearts and minds.



Wade has been playing piano and keys at various churches for over 15 years. He enjoys all types of music but has a special place for worship. Currently, a band leader here at Substance, Wade has a great way of navigating musical soundscapes and coaching bands to work towards their best version of any song. Wade also has been a Music Director at a local church in Brooklyn Park for a number of years. Helping build up God’s people is an honor to him. After attending Mcnally Smith College of Music for 2 years for Audio Engineering and Production he launched a studio in Brooklyn Park and is a full-time music producer who has worked with many local acts around the twin cities as well as national acts.



Sam Hodgett is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and has been leading worship for over 20 years. He sang his first “special” at church when he was just 8 years old and has been playing guitar since he was 12. He went to school for worship leading at North Central University and worked full-time as a worship leader at other churches before transitioning into starting and growing his own business and being a volunteer (for the second time) at Substance. He has sang in many churches and venues from Brooklyn Tabernacle to campfires all over the midwest. He is married to his beautiful wife, April, and they have one son, Harrison (affectionately known as the “Tasmanian devil”). They live in Robbinsdale and enjoy everything there is to enjoy about living in the city, and living in Minnesota (except for the Vikings… go Packers!).



Riah has been slapping the skins for 12 years now. At an early age, he took classical piano for a few years just so that he could ultimately have a better musical background for the drum kit. He started by learning rudiments with just a snare drum, then began to play a stripped down kit in a jazz band, and then progressed into playing worship for many churches around the Twin Cities. His home church for many years gave him the opportunity to play consistently with Kalley Heiligenthal and Hunter Thompson (both now at Bethel Church in Redding, CA). Riah has now played at Substance Church for the past 4 years and has loved every moment of it. His heart for worship is truly genuine and he can’t wait to work with the next group of PREPARE students!



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 who is 4 and Avalyn who is not quite 1. 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.