We are Bill and Julisa Rowe

Bill and Dr. Julisa Rowe are artist missionaries with Artists in Christian Testimony. Our passion is to see culturally appropriate drama, music and worship expressed in churches throughout the world. Julisa's focus is on cross-cultural drama and Bill works in the area of music and worship.

Bill was born and raised in southern California. From a broken home, he found Christ after high school, through the witness of friends. He has a Bachelor’s in Trumpet Performance from Cal State Fullerton, and a Master of Church Music from Western Seminary. He has toured with the Continental Singers, in the orchestra and as an Assistant Director, and has played trumpet for ministries and general events throughout Portland. For five years he served as worship leader and planner at Faith Baptist Church, and now participates in the worship team at their church, Montavilla Baptist.

Julisa was born in Zimbabwe, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Donald K. Smith, missionaries in Africa for 30 years and now teaching at Western Seminary. She received Christ into her life as a young child. She took her BA at Westmont College in Theatre Arts and English, and has an MA in Intercultural Ministries and the Doctor of Missiology from Western Seminary. She met Bill in Los Angeles while working for ACT. They married in 1990 and have two children, Kendall and Nathaniel.

They spent the whole of 2001 in Kenya, teaching at Daystar University (drama and music) and working with Nairobi Baptist, directing the choir, working with the drama teams and researching drama forms. They also spent four months in Madras, India, researching the dramas of that area

Making Disciples Around the World Using Drama, Music and Worship
We…

• help Christians grow deeper in their walk, having a more vital, vibrant worship of God, resulting in drawing unbelievers into the journey toward Christ-discipleship

• perform for outreach and teaching (evangelistic events, church conferences, worship services, etc.)

• affirm people in their own culture and way of expression, because the indigenous culture is the best way to communicate.

• train church planters in culturally-effective arts and worship

• work in partnership with national church leaders/ workers, developing indigenous worship and drama for effective discipleship

• train others to continue the training and discipleship process within their own areas of influence

We are moving our base to Nairobi, Kenya, with continuing work in the U.S. and India, with shorter trips to many other countries. The bulk of our time, however, will be spent in East Africa.
We are missionaries under Artists in Christian Testimony, a non-denominational artistic missions organization.

Kenya: working with Nairobi Baptist Church in their drama and music ministry, and teaching at Daystar University, training current and future leaders from around the continent of Africa in the use of drama and music (particularly their own indigenous forms) for teaching and outreach.

India: working with national church-planters, reaching into the Hindu community and utilizing Indian drama for outreach and teaching.

The ends of the earth: Singapore, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Trinidad and many more countries have requested our help in making effective disciples using drama, music and worship. Training and performing will also continue in the United States.

The Rowes have been working in drama and music ministry with local churches throughout the West Coast since 1989. Julisa’s work includes networking drama groups together for unification of purpose and mutual encouragement, teaching workshops on acting, directing, philosophy of drama in the church, and coordinating drama conferences, retreats, and workshops. In addition to this, she performs one-woman shows, coordinates, directs and performs with sketch teams to demonstrate the use of drama in the church, and directed drama at her church, Faith Baptist for 9 years. She is now on the leadership team for drama at Montavilla Baptist. She has been adjunct faculty at Western Seminary, teaching drama. She has also taken several courses in international drama, and focused her doctoral work on the area of ethnodramatology and how it applies to missions and ministry. Travels in 35 countries and work with international students have helped expand her knowledge in this area.

Performances: click here for a list of our performances and dramatic worship services

 

Artists in Christian Testimony
We belong to Artists in Christian Testimony, an organization whose primary goal is the adavancement and mobilization of christian artists worldwide. "...a mission and ministry sending agency for artistic ministers and missionaries..."
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