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

What is Prepare?

Prepare is a five-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 5 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.


Fall 2018 Session– Session–Finished

Spring 2019 Session– February 25, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25

Video Auditions and Applications due: February 11th by midnight.

Summer 2019 Session– July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29

Video Auditions and Applications due: June 17th by midnight.

Fall 2019 Session– October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18 

Video Auditions and Applications due: October 7th by midnight.



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.


Kelly Draz

Kelly is on Substance Staff as a project manager and vocalist/vocal coach. She has loved leading worship at Substance for the last eight years, and has enjoyed the opportunity to be coaching and raising up the next wave of vocalists. 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 King

Angie has been leading worship for over a decade and has been 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, and her little family. Her proudest accomplishment are her super cute & squishy babies, Louie & Georgie.



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.