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. We're pleased to say that the Intersections: Arts & Faith Conference is back, and all musicians, painters, dancers, writers, poets, and other creatives are invited to this regional gathering. 

This year's conference features:

 Special Guest, Dr. Byron Spradlin, Founder/President of Artists in Christian Testimony, International. Byron is an internationally known advocate for the theology of worship, imagination, and arts leadership. Besides his work with ACT International, he is the Vice Board Chair of international Jews for Jesus mission, on the board of World Venture mission, and is a professor of Worship & Art studies at Williamson College.

Special Showing "Far East, Deep South", an award-winning independent full-feature film, with a Panel Discussion with the filmmaker, Baldwin Chiu. This important documentary made its US Broadcast Premiere on the World Channel (PBS) series “America ReFramed” and has since been critically lauded on USA Today, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and CBS News.

Breakout Sessions with Industry Experts in Music, Film, Graphic/Visual Design, Non-Profit Startups, and others. Get an opportunity to talk with some people who have been a part of the arts at the highest levels in several areas.

Plus a variety of artist testimonies/expressions, a special showing of local artists in the Art & Soul Gallery, some out-of-the-box Worship, and other fun expressions. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their stuff—brochures, business cards, books, merch, etc., to display at a communal resource center. Come know and be known.

Cost $35 (includes Lunch and Film) | Register Below

An Artist in Christian Testimony (ACT) Intl Event | Hosted by Oak Hills Church

Featured Guests

Dr. Byron Spradlin Founder, ACT International (Keynote)

Our keynote speaker at the 2024 Intersections Conference is 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.

We are excited to have Dr. Spradlin with us, to encourage and inspire us as artists of faith.

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.


Our Feature Film (6:00 PM Showing with Panel Discussion)

"Far East Deep South" is an award-winning documentary feature film that follows the Chiu family on a surprising journey through Mississippi in search of their lost family history. Along the way, they meet local residents and historians who shed light on the racially complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. Their emotional journey also leads them to discover how exclusionary immigration laws impacted their family. and they learn how deep their roots run in America.

"Far East Deep South" made its US Broadcast Premiere on the World Channel (PBS) series “America ReFramed” and has since been critically lauded on USA Today, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, and CBS News.

We're delighted to have the filmmaker, Baldwin Chiu, with us to discuss this important film in a special Panel Discussion after the screening.


1100 Blue Ravine Road
Folsom, California 95630
Web: oakhills.org
Phone: 916.983.0181

Schedule 02.24.24

8:30AM Coffee & Mingle (Meet other Artists of Faith!)
9:00AM Morning Session (Worship, Artist Spotlights, Keynote, Breakouts)
12:00PM Lunch (Provided)
1:00PM Afternoon Session (Artist Spotlights, Keynote, Breakouts, Closing Panel)
4:00PM Closing Prayer and Sending
Dinner on Your Own
6:00PM Film Screening: "Far East, Deep South" including Panel Discussion (Open to Public)

You are welcome to join us on Sunday, February 25, for worship services at Oak Hills Church, at 9:00AM and 11:00AM.

Breakout Meetings

Morning Breakouts

Do I Need a Nonprofit For My Music & Arts Ministry  |  Larry Moshell
A Peek Inside the Music Industry | Chris Long
The Arts & Spiritual Formation | Angela Houk
Media In Ministry  |  Kim Peterson

Afternoon Breakouts

Making Ideas Happen  |  Larry Moshell
Turning Your Music Into Ministry | Chris Long
The Art of Film | Baldwin Chiu
How To Be A Creative Professional And Not Lose Your Soul | Norm McDonald
Using the Arts For Meaningful Community Engagement | Angela Houk


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