A Gathering of Artists of Faith

For many years, Artists of Faith have gathered in the Sacramento area to be inspired, encouraged, equipped, and engaged in community. Save the date and join us for the Intersections: Arts & Faith (IAF) Conference on March 15, 2025. All musicians, painters, dancers, writers, poets, and other creatives are invited to this Sacramento regional gathering. Stay tuned for more details!

Want to support Faith-based Arts in the Sacramento region? IAF is a non-profit event sponsored by Artists in Christian Testimony (ACT). You can give your tax-deductible donations below. Your donations will go toward furthering the IAF Conference as well as other gatherings, our newsletter, and other activities.

An Artist in Christian Testimony (ACT) International Event | Hosted by Oak Hills Church, Folsom

2024 Featured Guests

Dr. Byron Spradlin Founder, ACT International (Keynote)

Our keynote speaker at the 2024 Intersections Conference was Dr. Byron Spradlin, an internationally known advocate for the theology of worship, imagination, and arts leadership. Among many other things, he is the founder & president of Artists in Christian Testimony International, vice board chair of international Jews for Jesus mission, board of WorldVenture mission, and professor of Worship & Art studies at Williamson College.

Baldwin Chiu Filmmaker/Rapper (Film Panel, Breakout Leader)

Baldwin Chiu is a Chinese American award-winning film producer and hip hop artist known by the stage name, “Only Won - The Lyrical Engineer” who transitioned from a professionally licensed engineer to now using entertainment media to educate and inspire positive change. Born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, Chiu is a fierce advocate for the increased inclusion of Asian American history in schools and has spoken at numerous Fortune 500 companies, conferences and universities. He has been a speaker on numerous panels addressing race, immigration, and Asian American representation in the media. In 2018, Baldwin was named an Honoree for Mandarin Leader Magazine recognizing excellence amongst Chinese in North America, and he is also the recipient of Sacramento State’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Chris Long Music Producer/Publisher (Breakout Leader)

Chris Long is an accomplished music executive, producer, publisher, music director. His productions have achieved RIAA Gold and Platinum sales awards, as well as winning Grammy, Grand Prix du Disque, and Dove awards, with one gaining special recognition by the Smithsonian Institution.

Chris became VP/GM of Concord Records while still in his mid-twenties. He later served as Senior VP of Records and Publishing for Integrity Music, and President of Monarch Records, among other music related assignments. Chris has worked closely with Gospel greats, Fred Hammond, T.D. Jakes, Hillsong, and Sandi Patty; pop vocalists Oleta Adams, Janis Siegel (Manhattan Transfer), and Rosemary Clooney; as well as jazz/Latin legends George Shearing, Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, and others.

Chris currently serves as worship producer for Good Shepherd Church in Sacramento, CA, and manages Deer Hill Music, his production and publishing company.

Angela Houk Director, New Joy Arts (Community Art Project))

Angela is the Director of New Joy Arts, a catalyst of creativity and renewal for individuals and communities. As such, she has taught at the Crocker Art Museum, various private schools, public schools, homeschool groups, churches and community non-profits. As a working artist in her community, she has created and taught art all across the country, from schools and museums to her own studio. Angela teaches adults and children in a variety of artistic disciplines including creative writing, performance, visual arts and creative practices.

Angela has a degree in Cultural Studies with minors in both Education and Theology. In her own time, Angela serves as the Artist in Residence at Oak Hills Church. There she has collaborated to create The Studio at Oak Hills as a community art space where New Joy Arts partners to offer art classes, an array of creativity workshops and work with other local artists.

Norm McDonald Digital Commnication, Art & Design Faculty, William Jessup University (Breakout Leader)

Norm McDonald's mission statement is simple: “Create for Creator and teach others how.” Norm has nearly 30 years experience in Graphic Design. The last 23 years, he worked at the Educational Media Foundation, home to K-LOVE and Air1 Radio, serving as Art Director, Designer, and Creative Leader.

Norm is currently Professor of Digital Communication, Art & Design at William Jessup University in Rocklin. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. He has a passion for creativity and seeing it used to reflect the glory of God.

Manuel Luz Creative Arts Pastor (Host)

Songwriter, author, inventor, speaker, and pastor—Manuel Luz is passionate about worship, coffee, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the intersections of faith and the arts. An active advocate for the arts and artists of faith, Manuel has authored two books on worship and the arts: "Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist" (Moody Publishers); and "Honest Worship: From False Self to True Praise" (InterVarsity Press).

When he isn't designing new musical instruments (like his patented WalkaBout Drum) or producing albums (listen to his latest, "A Different Kind of Love Song" on all streaming services), Manuel is the Creative Arts Pastor for Oak Hills Church in Folsom, and the founder of the Intersections Conference.

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