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Dr. Marcia McFee is a professor, worship designer, author, preacher, and ritual artist.  Drawing on a first career in professional dance and musical theater and equipped with a Master’s in Theology and a PhD in Liturgical Studies and Ethics, she understands the role of any worship artist in the church as that of creating extraordinary portals through which communities journey with the Spirit.  The task is at once deeply theological and wonderfully artistic.  Connecting worship professionals and volunteers to their passion and depth of spiritual leadership is her aim in teaching and consulting as well as equipping them with skills to carry this out.  She travels extensively, teaching and holding worship planning retreats (www.marciamcfee.com).  Dr. McFee has designed and led worship for regional, national, and international gatherings of several denominations for the last 25 years, including the last two United Methodist General Conferences.

Dr. McFee is the Creator and Visionary of the Worship Design Studio (www.worshipdesignstudio.com), an online experience of coaching, educating, inspiring, and community-building that currently serves more than 1,000 congregations.  She is the author of The Worship Workshop, a workbook for worship teams and, as an avid skier, wrote Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul.  Her third book, Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship for Unforgettable Messages, has become a bestseller and is utilized by churches all over the world.