WHY WE EXIST
Likewise Worship exists for the purpose of discipling worship leaders that God is calling to shepherd His people. We aim to equip and develop followers of Jesus and gifted musicians to lead humbly and creatively in their contexts for the purpose of unifying the local church through music and worship.
THE LIKEWISE TEAM
Justin has been committed to the local church for over 17 years as a worship pastor. Passionate about unifying the Body of Christ with the gift of music, he has learned to stand firm amidst the cultural and traditional challenges that many churches face in regards to worship and the Sunday gathering. He is a pastor of pastors and has a heart to disciple, equip and encourage both young and seasoned worship leaders that are called to serve the local church.
Justin serves primarily as the Executive Director with Likewise Worship and also as a Speaker & Consultant for churches that are struggling to bring all generations together in worship.
He is married to his wife Falon, and together they have 4 beautiful children. Visit www.justinunger.com to learn more about Justin’s music ministry.
Josh has been leading worship and growing as a pastor for the last ten years. A graduate of Grand Canyon University with a BA in Christian Studies, he has a heart for discipleship, particularly for investing in young worship leaders. Josh is currently serving as the worship pastor at Hope Church in Phoenix, Arizona.
Josh serves primarily as part of the Executive Team and lead and develops the Likewise Academy by training and developing the next generation of worship leaders.
Josh and his wife Brynne have a son named Ezra and they currently live in Phoenix Arizona.
James was raised in Prescott, Arizona, where he met his wife, Maren. He and Maren have two little boys: Henley and Benson.
James grew up around the Church, but discovered a relationship with God later in Highschool. Times of corporate worship played a huge part in James understanding God’s grace and truth. James’ restored relationship with his dad is a big piece of his testimony to God’s healing and freeing forgiveness.
Studying music in college, James finished an internship and got connected to Cornerstone Church, where he served nine years as the full-time worship pastor. James was licensed as a pastor in 2019 through the EFCA. James is now the Area Director for Likewise San Diego, and loves seeing leaders from different Bible-believing Churches strengthen each other in community. A part of the Area Director role includes leading worship locally, and the Parkers are grateful to be connected to Venture Church, where James is the worship pastor.
James and Maren were married in March of 2012 and are both passionate about listening to and caring for those in worship ministry as well as their spouses. They desire to be a safe place for leaders to connect, relate, and be encouraged.
The Parkers felt God’s call to the San Diego area in 2020 and they are excited to join what God is doing in and through Likewise Worship!
Nina has been serving in various ministries in the local church for over 30 years. She has a heart to serve the body of Christ and loves helping others. Nina worked as a legal secretary and in the recruiting department of a large Dallas, TX law firm for 10 years. She and her husband, Tommy, have owned their own business for 18 years. The organizational skills, attention to detail, financial and administrative experience she has gained over the years bring a much needed asset to the Likewise team. Nina and Tommy have been married for 39 years and enjoy spending time with their daughter, son in law and four beautiful grandchildren.
Originally from Quincy, Illinois, Josh felt the call into full-time ministry when he was fifteen years old and has been actively serving the Lord in worship ministry since 2015.
Josh began leading worship with Justin at Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona while pursuing a bachelors degree at Grand Canyon University. In 2017, God planted Josh and his wife Hannah in Orange County, California where they have been pastoring at Calvary Church of Santa Ana ever since.
Josh serves as our “Connection” director for churches across the country that are needing assistance in worship staffing and temporary placement.
Passionate about God and his beautiful wife Lauryn, Ben is the Worship Pastor at Voyagers Bible Church in Irvine, CA. He has been in ministry for 10 years, leading worship and pastoring in the local church in multiple capacities. Involved in student ministries, programming teams, and adult ministries, Ben loves God’s church and is passionate about leading God’s people to greater intimacy with Him.
Likewise Worship Collective has been pivotal in his life, marriage and ministry, walking with him through steep peaks and valleys over the past 3 years. His desire is to help see the ministry that loved on him, love, support, and equip other worship pastors, wherever they find themselves, right now!
Chris and Carrie Herrington are Midwest natives who moved to Arizona 13 years ago. They met 25 years ago in music theory class during their freshman year of college. Chris has over 20 years of full-time ministry experience, serving primarily in worship, college, and camp ministries. Carrie has previously worked in church administration and office management before deciding to homeschool their children. Currently, Chris is the worship pastor at Illuminate Community Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Chris and Carrie have been married over 20 years and have three children, Colin, Charis, and Cuyler. They love traveling and building memories as a family, especially in the mountains of Arizona and in Southern California. Chris and Carrie have a passion for worship and discipleship that has led them to become part of Likewise Worship. As the Phoenix Area Directors of Likewise, they are excited to pour into the worship pastors and leaders in The Valley. Ultimately, they would see God exalted through worship and through lives lived on mission for Him each day.
Martha is an Arizona native and Pastor’s Kid who grew up serving in the church and leading worship alongside her family. She loves the local church community and a passion for worship through singing.
Martha earned her Master’s degree in Contemporary and Commercial Voice Training in 2015. She has been coaching worship leaders and teams as well as teaching private voice lessons at the college level.
Martha serves as the Likewise Voice Development Coach and Women In Ministry Mentor. She is excited to equip and encourage Likewise worship leaders to find vocal freedom and establish sustainable, functional based techniques that give them the tools they need to maintain vocal health and joy in singing. She is also grateful to mentor and support other Likewise women who are also serving in worship leading roles.
She has been leading worship for over 20 years and is currently serving as the worship leader at Pinnacle Community Church in Phoenix, AZ. When she is not singing or teaching you can find her hiking, hanging out with her 11 nieces and nephews, or sitting in a quiet corner with a good book, her Bible, and a cup o’ joe.
Dave is one of the rare native Phoenicians. He has lived most of life in the Phoenix area. Growing up he attended a Southern Baptist church with his large family. Through his teenage years the family moved to an Assembly of God church. Needless to say Dave has had a wide array of church experience in his life.
Dave has had various work experiences ranging from a full time staff position with Younglife to a one of his most exciting jobs working in the Christian music industry. He currently works as a loan originator helping families purchase a home. In his role as the Director of Likewise Music Group it is his desire to help share the heart of the Worship Pastor with the world.
When he is not working on LMG items or writing mortgages, you can find Dave going on spontaneous travel adventures or attending one of the many local sporting events.
Terry has been the Worship Pastor at Berean Baptist Church in Burnsville, MN for the past 11 years. His desire is to see followers of Jesus wholeheartedly engage in worship that proclaims the truth of the Gospel, expectant that the Holy Spirit is moving through their worship to encourage and equip the church body.
He has spent the last 17+ years in vocational ministry serving at 3 churches in Worship Ministry roles. He loves everything at the beach, from the waves, to the volleyball, the siting around and the fishing. Terry loves all things culinary (but mostly Italian American food, Fuhgedaboudit!), and spending time with family and friends. He is married to Christa for almost 24 years. They have two kids, Aidan and Sydney.
As the Minneapolis Director of Likewise Worship, he is excited to cultivate a culture of good fellowship and community among the worship leaders in the Twin Cities area, while investing in, encouraging and equipping the heart and motivation of these important local ministry leaders.
Brad and Courtney Stretar have been married for almost 8 years, and have 2 beautiful children, Evelyn (4.5) and Finnley (1). Brad has been leading worship for almost 15 years and currently serves as the worship pastor at Harvester Christian Church in St. Charles, Missouri.
Brad has a deep desire to help facilitate a restorative and encouraging environment for area worship leaders.
Despite growing up without church community, Cat’s passion to serve God and His people began at a young age. In her mid-twenties Cat finally found a church to call home and quit her full-time job to pursue her calling into ministry. Apart from being wife to Rob and full-time mommy to her beautiful daughter Nai’a, Cat now serves on the Creative Communications team to help grow and nurture Likwise’s social media community.
There are THREE Pillars to LIKEWISE WORSHIP…
Throughout Scripture, the people of God are commanded to worship in Spirit in Truth (John 4:24), to be unified (Eph. 4:1-3), to encourage one another by singing together (Col. 3:15-16), and to bring a sacrifice of praise (Heb. 13:15). We are to do all of these things with a spirit of humility, with the interests of others in mind (Phil. 2:3-4).
The role of a worship leader must be to help the body encourage one another through songs that are true about God and true about themselves, regardless of style. Because it all comes down to the “heart” of worship, a worship leader must be a disciple-maker. If the role of a worship leader continues to equal “performer” or “rockstar”, we will struggle for unity in our consumeristic culture. Together, we must adopt a biblical heart of worship.
We believe that worship culture and philosophy is set and maintained by the worship leader. Likewise exists for the development, discipleship, and mentoring of this next generation of worship leaders and their families. The goal of our time spent with these worship leaders is to raise up those who can lead a multi-generational gathering with a shepherd’s heart. We pour into these worship leaders in three distinct ways: monthly gatherings, one-on-one discipleship, and annual retreats.