arts + apologetics

RENEW 2019: Songs and Sounds

We live by songs and sounds. For better or for worse, music shapes our imaginations and our cultures. How does the Gospel renew this part of the human experience?

RENEW 2019 will explore questions of worldview, worship, and witness, as they relate to music. This gospel-centered, cross-denominational event will combine TED-style talks with breakout sessions and live musical performances.

Join us May 24-25, 2019.



St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church
152 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1N9

Please be advised that, due to construction, this venue is not currently wheelchair accessible.

Artists & Speakers

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear is from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in British Columbia, Canada.

She is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, storyteller, and author who shares stories of Indigenous life; the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Cheryl’s first book is called Introduction to First Nations Ministry and her second, a children’s book, is called The Honour Drum. Cheryl travels to First Nations communities sharing songs of healing and songs to the Creator. She also visits non-Native communities raising awareness of Indigenous issues. For over twenty years Cheryl has been an Indigenous consultant for leaders, churches, governments, and industry professionals. Using an Indigenous style of teaching through story she guides non-Indigenous people on a journey to understand Indigenous worldview, culture, and values in order to promote reconciliation.

Cheryl has a Doctorate of Ministry from The King’s University in Los Angeles, CA; a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, Vancouver, BC; and a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, BC.

She is currently serving as the Indigenous Relations Specialist with CBM, Canadian Baptist Ministries. Cheryl is a founding member of NAIITS, an Indigenous learning community.

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham loves writing and spirituality. His passion is to connect head with heart through engaging with the best spiritual writings that the Christian church has produced.

Wyatt earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Greek at Liberty University. He also gained an MDiv and ThM (Old Testament) from the Master's Seminary. He went on to earn another ThM (Church History/Patristics) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a PhD in Biblical Theology. His dissertation focused on the Psalms.

Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Gospel Coalition Canada. In January, he will start serving as an adjunct faculty member at Ryle Seminary. He has spoken in a variety of ecclesial and academic settings and regularly writes a column called DeTrinitate for TGC Canada on the intersection of life and theology.

He is married to Leanne, and they have one daughter and a second one on the way. Follow him on Twitter (@wagraham) and Instagram (@wyattagraham).

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme is a local Montrealer passionate about Jesus, music, and community. She is a course lecturer at McGill University, sings in the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra chorus, and is an active volunteer in the River's Edge Community Church worship and arts ministry. She and her husband are the proud parents of three active kids. Frédéricka is very excited to be participating in her first RENEW conference.

Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré is a French horn artist. He studied music at McGill, Orford Centre for the Arts, and Domaine Forget. He now teaches French horn in the Ottawa area and performs with a variety of ensembles. With a blend of styles ranging from classical to jazz to worship, he has been part of a unique band which brought the gospel in song to many of Ottawa's pubs. Jonathan also has recorded with Christian artists, including Héritage (Hymnes et cantiques vol. IV) and Joey McNitt (Morning Has Come). In addition to being a musician, he is a creative chef whose culinary skills have earned him the title "The Camiracle."

Jonathan currently serves at Church of the Messiah as a ministry intern and studying for his licentiate in divinity at Ryle Seminary in Ottawa. He loves seeing people becoming disciples of Jesus, living for his glory. As the creator of RENEW, Jonathan is combining his love for music, the arts, theology, and apologetics.

Jonathan and his wife, Renée, are the proud parents of a little boy.

Melody Frost

Melody Frost

Melody Frost

Melody Frost ministers at the intersection of missions, theology, and art.

Serving with the Ottawa church and abroad has nurtured Melody's appreciation for cross-cultural relationships and global Christian faith. She values how Christians who are artists can uniquely build bridges for interfaith dialogue and encourage ethnodoxology. Currently, she enjoys collaborating on RENEW's leadership team.

As a visual artist, Melody's collages explore themes of migration and home. She believes everyone journeys in one sense or another, leading to encounters with the triune God who moves with His people. Her mixed-media work integrates papers, maps, tea, paint, thread, and canvas.

Melody earned an MA in Intercultural Studies, emphasizing in Worship, Theology, and the Arts, from Fuller Seminary. She also has a BA in Applied Linguistics and Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman is the Executive Director of Strength To Fight. His background is a blend of ministry and communications. He worked for 5 years in the radio industry, including spending several years as a news anchor and reporter. It was the brokenness he had to report on every day that led him to leave the media industry to go into ministry.

After several years serving on staff at his local church, he spent 1 year in politics before the Lord led him to dive back into the brokenness two years ago by co-founding Strength To Fight, Canada's only full-time anti-porn organization.

The one thing Josh has always been doing across all vocations has been communicating difficult subjects in practical and easy to understand ways. He believes that music is a major component of communication and, as a former worship coordinator and experienced songwriter, he strongly believes that musical literacy is a crucial component to both worship and all forms of communication.

Josh lives in Ottawa with his amazing wife and their 4 children.

George Sinclair

George Sinclair

George Sinclair

George studied at the undergraduate and graduate level at Carleton University where he received a degree in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy. He studied Theology and Pastoral Counselling at St. Paul University where he completed an MA in Pastoral Studies.

George was ordained in 1985. For 22 years he served in the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC). In 2008 his church was the second church in the country to separate from the ACoC and join the Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC). George has served in a suburban and in a rural “multi-point” church.

George was the Chair of Essentials Canada and founding Chair of his denomination (ANiC). He currently serves as the Chair of the ANiC task force to make ANiC more deeply biblical at every level. He is the Principal of Ryle Seminary. He is the Chair of the Dig & Delve servant leadership team which puts on a yearly apologetics conference in Ottawa. He speaks once a month on the main talk radio channel in Ottawa under the banner of “Good News in the Morning.” He also speaks regularly on Parliament Hill to the Parliament Hill Christian Fellowship. George is an original Council Member for The Gospel Coalition Canada (TGCC). You can read his weekly blog here.

George is blessed to have been married to Louise since 1981. They have 9 children and lots of sons and daughters-in-law and grandchildren.




Rapper, actor, song writer. Veshone actively uses his God-given talents in the music and acting industries.

You may have seen Veshone on B.E.T, Afro Global TV, or 100 Huntley Street, and now he is very honoured to be performing and speaking at RENEW 2019.

As an accomplished, award nominated music artist, Veshone has 4 outstanding bodies of work under his belt, including his hit album "Beautiful" and his highly anticipated new album "DNA" (Don't Need Approval), featuring the contagious single "OMG." "Beautiful" is his most personal and vulnerable album to date, while his latest album "DNA" un-apologetically speaks on his truths, his life experiences, and his faith.

Find Veshone here. He's also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Check out his music available now on all popular online platforms.



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Doors open. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Conference begins

Jonathan Camiré - Music Matters: A Christian Apologetic for Music

Frédéricka Petit-Homme - Performance and The Human Voice as a Gift from God: Why Should I Sing?


Jonathan Camiré and Frédéricka Petit-Homme discuss Johann Sebastian Bach, God, and Culture

Hannah Williamson & Hillary Fay perform Johann Sebastian Bach

Jonathan Camiré and Frédéricka Petit-Homme discuss Music Education, Philosophers, and the Gospel

End for the night

Saturday, May 25

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Doors open. Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Joanna Abalos & Worship Team


Melody Frost - Is Music a Universal Language?


Choose a breakout session:

- Cheryl Bear - The Gospel as Gift: Indigenous Worldview and Spirituality in the Church

- Wyatt Graham - The Psalms and Lament


Choose a breakout session:

- Frédéricka Petit-Homme - Empowering Musicians: Joy in the Process

- Josh Gilman - The Music IS the Message

Lunch (on your own)

Conference resumes

Cheryl Bear - The Art of Story: Storytelling the Gospel

Wyatt Graham - The Psalms and Emotions


Jonathan Camiré - Fine-Tuning in a Universe of Music

* Performance TBA *

Veshone - God Made Rap and performance

George Sinclair - Can Christians Who Are Musicians Be “Useless”?

Panel Q&A

Joanna Abalos & Worship Team

Conference ends


Seating is limited; reserve your tickets now! For full admission to talks, breakout sessions, and live performances both Friday and Saturday, purchase:

  • Early Bird Regular Registration ended April 19

  • Regular Registration is $30.00

  • Group Registration (10+ tickets) is $25.00 each