David M. Bailey
Mission Possible 2018 Keynote Speaker

David M. Bailey has spent the last 15 years developing strategies for effective community engagement in a diverse world. He is the founder of Arrabon; a ministry that equips churches and nonprofits with the tools and resources to shepherd their community from aspirational values regarding diversity and reconciliation along racial, ethnic, and class divisions towards an embodied practice.

As an music producer and worship leader, David has learned how to create places of hospitality across generations, socioeconomic lines, and other cultural differences. He believes that art is a gift given from God The Creator to help those who bear the image of God to be truly human. He sees worship as an essential element to the formation of the people of God to bear the image of God in the set apart character that God calls the church to be.

David is a native of Richmond, VA and is an active member of a multicultural Christian community that endeavors to be a faithful presence to seek the joy and justice of both the poor and rich in the gentrifying neighborhood of Church Hill in Richmond, VA. Over the last five summers, he has conducted an urban songwriting internship to create new songs with people of diverse ethnicities, races and socioeconomic backgrounds in order to tell new stories and create spaces of belonging in a gentrified community.


Uptick Artists is a collective of singers, songwriters and worship leaders from Virginia and beyond.  Discipled and Mentored by The Spence Network, we consider it a gift to get to lead you in worship at Mission Possible this year.

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Kristen Peyton is a painter, printmaker, and muralist working from observation and invention. She earned a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the University of New Hampshire in May of 2017 and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in 2012. Kristen is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a resident of Ashland, Virginia, where she works as the Director and Curator of the Flippo Gallery at Randolph-Macon College. This summer she received the First-Place Juror’s Prize in Oxford Art Alliance’s National Juried Show 2017 in Oxford, Pennsylvania, juried by Tom Pardon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Additionally, she has exhibited works in curated shows across the East Coast and in New York City, including Blue Mountain Gallery’s 2018 Juried Exhibition, juried by Betty Cuningham, Linda Matney Gallery’s Celebration of Female Artists, Manifest Gallery’s MASTER PIECES, and First Street Gallery’s MFA National Competition, juried by Lance Esplund, art critic for the Wall Street Journal. To see works by Kristen Peyton, visit KristenPeyton.com.


emily-tippett.jpgEmily Tippett serves as Artist-In-Residence at The Center for Faith and Leadership, a collegiate and young adult community in Fredericksburg. Hailing from Wilmington, North Carolina Tippett is a potter focusing on decorative and functional pieces. She believes that every act of creativity is an echo of the original spark and seeks to build the creative capacity in everyone she meets. Follow her on Instagram @more_than_clay.


Emma WhitakerEmma Whitaker is a junior at VCU and is double majoring in Cinema and Business Management. She has loved film since early high school and is especially fascinated by the ways that film can be such an powerful tool for communication. She has started her own wedding videography business and loves being able to use video in many aspects of her life. In her free time, she plays drums for her church’s worship team and leads worship for InterVarsity at VCU.

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