“I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High”
MorningStar University’s School of Worship is an immersive one or two-year training program crafted for those who are first lovers of Jesus and the lifestyle of worship, as well as skilled or aspiring singers, songwriters, and musicians. MSU’s School of Worship is grounded in MorningStar’s rich legacy of creating new expressions of corporate worship and releasing new and powerful sounds to inspire and release artists with the highest standards of excellence, vision, and purpose in their music.
What to Expect
The MSU School of Worship is designed to equip and develop worshippers in musical excellence, creative expression, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Our curriculum is built on the Biblical foundation of worship, providing students with a vision and understanding of their calling. We first and foremost want to cultivate love, desire, and passion for worshipping Jesus. Through a lifestyle of Holy Spirit living, we will learn how to be the worshippers we were born to be. We will also strongly emphasize crafting our skill through songwriting and music theory.
Led by Kelanie Webb, instructors in the School of Worship bring incredible depth, experience, and wisdom to our students. In addition to our incredible team of instructors, we will have several high-impact guest speakers throughout the year! You never know who will show up! These fantastic worship leaders and artists bring decades of walking in the lifestyle of worship and a professional experience vital for growth for any creative.
Topics covered in the curriculum include:
– Biblical Foundations In Worship
– Worship Team Dynamics
– Music Theory and Ear Training
– Worship Leading
– Flowing In Prophetic Worship
– Worship Choir
– Intro to Audio Engineering
– One-on-One Lessons (available for an additional fee)
We’re looking for aspiring worship leaders, songwriters, and musicians who desire to know the Father and have an honest conversation with Him and His people. We believe Christians should be the most creative people on earth, and that is what we seek to release in those who come to the MSU School of Worship.
Meet Your Instructors
Kelanie Webb is the Worship Director of Morningstar Ministries as well as the Director of MSU’s School of Worship. For more than 25 years, Kelanie has been ministering as a prophetic worship leader, songwriter, recording artist, and teacher. She is passionate about equipping and releasing musicians and singers in prophetic worship and creative songwriting.
Kelanie graduated from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Composition. From there, she served as a music minister in a church and then went on to attend Morningstar School of Ministry in Charlotte, NC. While at Morningstar, she began to write her own worship songs and flow in prophetic and spontaneous worship. Kelanie went on to serve as Worship Pastor at New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, FL, as well as Chief Musician in the Jacksonville House of Prayer.
Kelanie has ministered in churches, worship schools, and conferences in the United States and many other nations. She and her husband, Gary, currently reside in Fort Mill, SC, with their sweet dogs, Annabelle and Rapha.
Gary Webb is a pastor and teacher who has a deep passion to equip the Body of Christ in the areas of prayer, worship and healing. He has served in numerous pastor roles over the last 20 years. Gary is an ordained minister and holds both a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Asbury Seminary in Wimore, Kentucky.
Don Potter is a lifelong guitarist, songwriter, singer, and musical forerunner who has journeyed through concert stages, studios, and churches, and is a respected and sought-after worship leader. Don teaches out of his strong passion for the kingdom of God and our need to be born again, AGAIN. He draws from his intimate time with the Lord to impart revelation and truth to the body of Christ. He also has a heart to see musicians released, both in the church and in the world, seeing their gifts and talents used with excellence while being led by the Holy Spirit.
Joel Khouri and Destiny Rambo Khouri combine years of creative pursuits and influence. Joel is a worshiper and expresses his deep love of Jesus through writing, speaking and production. His studio in Charlotte, NC has hosted and launched many artists we all know and love. He is a deep well of revelation, musicology and the history of revival. Destiny is a Dove award winning singer who has been singing since she was a child, honoring her family’s multi-generational legacy of gospel music and songwriting. She has worked for years as a performer, session vocalist, dancer, actress, songwriter and speaker with a desire to release the arts and faith through innovative creative expression. Together they are passionate about bringing people into an environment of worship and education where God’s love, transformation and inner healing are the central focus.
Phillip Verenych is a guitarist and songwriter based in Charlotte, NC. Phillip has played with various worship artists over the years such as David Vallier, Suzy Yaraei, Awaken the Dawn, and several others. Phillip is currently on staff with Morningstar Ministries as band director and instructor for Morningstar University’s School of Worship.
Fred Updegraft is a talented multi-instrumentalist and music instructor in Fort Mill, SC with expertise in piano, drums, guitar, bass, audio engineering and producing. He has nearly 15 years of teaching experience and is the owner of Regent Park Music Lessons in Fort Mill. Fred is the bassist and occasional drummer for nationally recognized Billy Joel Tribute: The Stranger and their highly acclaimed Billy Joel / Elton John event Face 2 Face. Fred has been a part of the Morningstar family since his childhood, studying under and performing with his father, Chris Updegraft, and legendary worship leader, Leonard Jones.