Leadership

International Joint-Coordinators

JAN DYER (UK)

Jan is married to Graham and they have three grown up children and six grandchildren. Jan has been dancing for the Lord for over 30 years. She joined CDF Britain at its inaugural conference in 1990 and soon after was elected Regional Coordinator for Midlands West. During this time too, Jan was coordinating Children‘s Ministry, Dance Ministry and leading All Age services in her church. Jan then served as National Coordinator for CDF Britain for six years.

Jan has a heart to see people of all ages released into engaging in worship through the creative and dance arts.

Jan Dyer | United Kingdom icdfworld@gmail.com

SAARTJIE DE WET (South Africa)

Saartjie has been involved in Christian dance for the past 20 years as dancer, teacher, group leader and administrator. During this time she served 7 years as Regional and National Coordinator in South Africa. She has been trained in classical ballet but her passion is free worship and intercession. Besides being a Christian dancer she is also exploring ways to express her Christianity through the visual arts.

Saartjie has been married to a farmer, Chris, for 34 years and they have three adult children.

Saartjie De Wet | South Africa icdfworld@gmail.com

Steering committee

Lucy Andrew-Park Jarasius

LUCY ANDREW-PARK JARASIUS (Australia)

ICDF Asia Pacific Connection & ICDF Onboarding Liaison

Lucy has worked for over 25 years with CDFA (Assistant National Coordinator 1992-98) and ICDF (Coordinator 1997-2006; Joint-Coordinator, with her husband, Andrew, of the ICDF Network for Creative Arts and Social Concern 2006-2013). As part of her role, Lucy is looking forward to forging new connections as well as encouraging existing CDFs and contacts. Her work with indigenous peoples helps bring unique perspectives to her future ICDF training projects.

Lucy Jarasius | Australia lucyj@bigpond.com

BARBARA WOOD (Ireland)

Supporter Liaison

Barbara served as National Coordinator for the Christian Dance Fellowship Ireland (CDFI) before joining the ICDF Steering Committee in 2003. She is based in Ireland, but travels frequently. She has five children, four of whom are in Ireland and one in France. At present she has eight grandchildren.

She loves almost all forms of dance and goes to classes three times a week. She has a passion to see people released in free-movement in worship.

Barbara Wood | Ireland bjwood1@hotmail.com

CELESTE OLLIVIERRE-JAMES (Trinidad)

Caribbean Liaison

Celeste serves as Country Representative for ICDF Trinidad and Tobago, she is advisory to several dance and creative arts organisations, youth mentor, event planner and workshop facilitator at events both locally and internationally. Coming from a marketing, advertising and media background, her corporate skills allow her to capture the beauty of Christian arts and use them as a tool to edify the body of Jesus Christ drawing lost souls to the Kingdom of heaven. Bringing the region together in movement for God's Glory, with a drive to establish strong communication and networking via ICDF Caribbean Connect as Liaison.

Celeste Ollivierre-James | Trinidad and Tobago Country Representative icdf.tt@gmail.com

DI UNGER (South Africa)

Committee Secretary

Di was a founder member of CDF South Africa in 1990 and was elected as National Secretary at the inaugural conference. She held that position for four years, has been a Provincial Committee member on several occasions, and Minutes Secretary on many occasions! Dancing for the Lord is Di's passion and she feels blessed to be actively involved for 15 wonderful years, at times leading both adult and children’s groups, and latterly as a member of the Rejoice Dance Company under Karen Kerr in Durban.

Having been married to Tony for 50 years, now widowed, she has three married children and eight precious grandchildren. Di says, "I believe the Lord has not finished with me and dance yet!"

Di Unger | South Africa acunger@iafrica.com

Web Coordinator

REBEKAH DYER (UK)

Rebekah has supported our web presence since 2013. Rebekah grew up using the creative arts in worship and has been involved in ICDF for many years. She enjoys tinkering with technology and has a special interest in fire performance art. She is currently based in Scotland, studying for a PhD in Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews.

As web coordinator, Rebekah keeps the website up-to-date and helps maintain our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you notice any incorrect details or have any technical issues with the website, please contact her.  

Rebekah Dyer | United Kingdom web.icdf@gmail.com

Board of Reference

The Board of Reference of ICDF is composed of people who are key figures in the Christian arts community and who will give reference to the integrity of ICDF's values and practices.

Colin Harbinson

DR COLIN HARBINSON

Dr Colin Harbinson is currently the International Director of StoneWorks, a global arts partnership for cultural reformation and the recovery of the imagination in the life and mission of the Church.

Among the many milestones in his career are:

  • Creator and choreographer of the production Toymaker and Son that has been performed in over 70 countries
  • Winner of numerous awards, including the Golden Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council
  • Founder and President of The International Festival of the Arts
  • Former Dean of Belhaven University School of the Arts, and former Senior Associate for the Arts with the Lausanne Movement 
Tom & Kate Hess

Pastor Tom & Kate Hess

Pastor Tom Hess is the founder of the Jerusalem House of Prayer for All Nations where he serves as a pastor and president. He and his wife, Kate work with Jews and Arabs and have kept non-stop 24/7 prayer going for 25 years on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. They bring close to 200 nations to Israel each year. Among other things they organize the yearly All Nations Convocation Jerusalem and the Watchmen's Tour of Israel.

 

Pastor Ed Lapiz

Pastor Ed Lapiz is the founder and Senior Pastor of Day by Day Ministries, a denominational Evangelical Christian mega-church organisation headquartered in the Philippines with branches in other parts of the world. He is a prolific writer with many publications and shares his messages on many national and regional radio stations as well as the internet. He is also the director of Kaloob, a music and dance ministry that researches, records and redeems indigenous music and dance. Part of his vision is the indigenisation of Christian church liturgy along with the redemption of the arts for use in Christian worship and ministries.

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