Pastor Darlene Zschech
Darlene Zschech is acclaimed all over the world as a composer, worship leader, pastor and speaker.
Although she has achieved numerous gold albums and her songs are sung in many nations of the world. Darlene’s success simply stands as a testimony to her life’s passion for serving God and people with all her heart. Alongside her husband Mark, they are the Senior Pastors of Hope Unlimited Church (HopeUC) on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
As a composer, Darlene is perhaps most famous for the chorus “Shout to the Lord,” a song that is sung by millions of churchgoers every week and has been covered by many other artists. “Shout to the Lord” was nominated for Album of the Year for the 1997 Dove Awards and was nominated for Song of the Year for the 1998 Dove Awards. In 2000, Darlene received a Dove Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and received the International Award for influence in praise and worship.
In addition to “Shout to the Lord,” Darlene has written many songs through her solo projects: “Kiss of Heaven”, “Extravagant Worship”, “Change Your World”, “Simply Darlene”, “You Are Love” and “Revealing Jesus” a live worship album recorded with Grammy award winning Israel Houghton. Through the Compassionart project 2008, Darlene was honoured to have the privilege of writing with some of the most generous-hearted worship writers and leaders of our day. The goal of Compassionart was to write an album where all the monies raised went to others in less fortunate circumstances. Darlene is passionate about raising and training other worship pastor, leaders, teams and writers. To this end, she has penned four books – “Extravagant Worship”, “The Kiss of Heaven”, “The Art of Mentoring” and “Revealing Jesus” devotional. These titles combined have been translated into over 20 different languages. Darlene’s most recent book project that is scheduled for release is ‘Worship Changes Everything’.
Darlene and Mark live in the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales with their three daughters, Zoe, Amy and son-in-law Andrew, Chloe and son-in-law Hosanna, and beautiful grand-daughters Ava Pearl, Ruthie Feather and grandson Roman Emmanuel Mark. While they travel extensively and have the honour of working and ministering alongside amazing friends around the globe, the family remains Darlene’s delight. Darlene says, “First and foremost I am a woman who simply and wholeheartedly loves Christ, and serves Him through loving my family, serving the church, and speaking up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Alicia Britt Chole
In person or in print, Dr. Alicia Britt Chole's voice cuts through fluff and summons souls to walk with God anew.
As a speaker, leadership mentor, and award-winning writer, Alicia places words like an artist applying paint to a canvas. Nothing is wasted. Every word matters. Heads and hearts are equally engaged.
A former atheist, Alicia's worldview was interrupted by
Jesus as she began her university studies. Of that experience Alicia states, “I would have had to commit emotional and intellectual suicide to deny God’s reality.” Today, her raw faith and love for God’s Word hold the attention of saints and skeptics alike.
Alicia focuses on the fusion of authentic belief and unexplainable pain. Business leaders, pastors, college students, and churches agree: Alicia is an unusually disarming combination of realism and hope, intellect and grace, humor and art.
Alicia and Barry have been married for 27 years.
Together they laugh a lot parenting their three amazing
children (all Choles through the miracle of adoption), two
somewhat less than amazing dogs, two truly strange cats,
four socially awkward chickens, and two confused guinea pigs off of a dirt road in the Ozarks.
Alicia holds a doctorate in leadership and spiritual formation from George Fox Evangelical Seminary and is the founding director and lead mentor of Leadership Investment Intensives, Inc, a non-profit devoted to providing personal soul-care to leaders in the marketplace and church.
Her favorite things include thunderstorms, questions, honesty, #LOTR, and anything with jalapeños. In a culture obsessed with things countable and tweetable, Alicia brings ancient truth to life.