worship school

I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High

Psalm 9:2

The Vision


MorningStar University’s School of Worship is a full-time, in-depth academic major designed to equip and develop worshippers in musical excellence, creative expression, and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leadership. Built on a Biblical foundation and drawn from MorningStar’s rich history in prophetic worship, the School of Worship offers a well-rounded curriculum that gives students a clear path for becoming the worshipper they were born to be.

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What to Expect


At MSU’s School of Worship, you will discover a wonderfully unique community where students encourage each other and create together. Our students are provided with a safe space to learn to follow the Holy Spirit while flowing with other worshippers in spontaneous, prophetic worship.

Led by Kelanie Webb, our incredible team of instructors bring a wealth of wisdom and experience to our students. In addition, we will have several high-impact guest speakers throughout the year who bring with them decades of professional experience.

Through classes and hands-on training, our students gain the practical tools needed to become skilled and confident musicians, singers, worship leaders or songwriters. Our program offers many diverse worship atmospheres for students to participate in, including student chapel, Sunday services, conferences, and special worship nights. Our partnership with the Bob Jones Vision Center also gives students regular opportunities to worship, pray and lead in the prayer room using the “Harp & Bowl” model.

Courses offered in the School of Worship curriculum include:

• Biblical Foundations in Worship
• Worship Team Dynamics
• Songwriting
• Music Theory and Ear Training
• Focus Classes (Guitar, Keyboard, Drums, Bass, Vocals)
• Flowing in Prophetic Worship
• Exploring Worship History
• Worship Leader Essentials
• Intro to Harp & Bowl
• Fire Choir

We believe worshippers of Jesus should be the most creative people on earth, shifting atmospheres with songs and sounds that originate in the heart of God and flow through hearts that are wholly devoted to the Lord. If you feel called to be a spirit and truth worshipper who releases the sound of heaven into the earth, then MSU School of Worship is the right place for you!

Meet Your Instructors


Kelanie Webb

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

Gary Webb is the Executive Pastor of MorningStar Fellowship Church as well as the Director of MorningStar School of the Prophets. A gifted teacher, Gary has a deep passion to equip the Body of Christ in the areas of prayer, worship and healing. He has served in numerous pastoral roles over the last 25 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 Wilmore, Kentucky.

Don Potter

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 and Destiny

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

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.

Become the Worshipper You were Born to Be