About our USA Team
Cathy Little, Founder, Executive Director
Over 25 years as a worship leader, God has birthed in Cathy’s heart a burning desire for the deeper waters of authentic worship. She is passionate not only to see worship leaders be empowered and released to lead God’s people effectively and powerfully into His presence, but also that the Bride of Christ as a whole have an encounter with God’s true heart for Her. It is through authentic encounter where lives are forever transformed and worship becomes the sound of one’s life, not just the sound of one’s voice. She also loves to teach, train and mentor leaders and all creatives, helping them realize the fullness of their creative destiny.
In addition to being the founder of Simply-Worship, Inc, she also serves on the lead team at WorshipMinistry.com and as part of the steering committee for The Experience Conference. a national conference for worship leaders held annually in Dallas, Texas and Orlando, Florida.
Cathy is the author of, “Shame on You No More! A Worship Leader’s Journey,” and the EP, “Safely Through,” which we recorded in 2011.
Cathy has been a musician and singer-songwriter for most of her life. She grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania on the South Shores of Lake Erie and is the youngest of 6 children. She carries a degree in Organizational Communications and Professional Writing from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio.
Melinda Wilson, Associate Director
Melinda answered God’s call on her life to full-time Christian ministry at age 16 and that call has been the driving force in her life ever since. From laying bricks for the foundation of a hospital in Papua New Guinea, to directing drama teams performing in the world’s largest arts festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, to leading a team to minister in Spain and Morocco, to teaching a congregation in South Africa about the Holy Spirit, Melinda has a heart for the nations and is passionate to see God move in every culture and people group around the world.
Theatre was a passion of Melinda’s since childhood and she’s been using the arts on the mission field and in ministry for over 20 years. She loves teaching and mentoring, and directing and performing, particularly in a creative ministry aspect and in the context of community. She has also led acting and improv workshops in the United States as well as in England, Scotland, Spain and Australia.
After years of theatre studies and performance, Melinda became interested in digital film-making which she studied for several months. Since then, she has worked in many aspects of the film, video and TV industry. In 2008-2009, she had the privilege of working as associate producer and camera-person on a full-length documentary film which is currently being entered into film festivals worldwide as well as being broadcast overseas.
Having been the recipient of healing prayer and experiencing God move powerfully in her own life, both in heart and body, Melinda has a passion to see people set free, healed and delivered–in all areas of their lives. She has been trained in various aspects of inner and physical healing prayer and has been involved in prayer ministry for years in the local church as well as on the mission field.
Melinda earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts from an arts institute in Sydney, Australia and her M.A. in Communications (Educational Theatre & Theatre in Ministry) from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Robert and Juliette Alston, Discipleship Training and Inner Healing
Robert and Juliette Alston are ordained pastors-ministers. Robert has a M.Div. with Religious Education and Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Juliette has a M.A. in Practical Theology and a M.A. in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. They are practiced in multiple Christian discipleship and inner healing approaches and are proficient in the development, facilitation, and provision of personal, family, and corporate ministry and training.
Robert and Juliette provide Holy Spirit directed opportunities for individuals and families to readily identify negative patterns of response in their lives, experience freedom from practiced and destructive ways of thinking, and come to the full realization of who they are created to be in Christ. They operate in a ministry of reconciliation, shepherding the unbelieving areas of the believer’s heart to know our Father more intimately and to trust Him more fully.
Their means is faith. Their method is prayer. Their modality is relationship.
Board of Directors
Jessie Barker, Director
Jessie's passion runs deep for both prayer and worship. It is common to see her praying for people before, between and after church services as well as throughout the week. She is an incredibly gifted encourager and she exudes joy to everyone she meets. She is also a visionary who loves to dream big and make it so.
In addition to being a woman of prayer, Jessie is also a woman of adventure. She is fully in love with life and often engages in outdoor activities including hiking and camping. She is especially fond of things that challenge her.
Jessie married her husband, general practitioner and Doctor of Medicine, Robert, in 1981. Jessie spent 5 years working in the field of speech pathology and audiology, after which, she and Robert raised their three sons and a daughter. They now have 2 grandchildren and one on the way. They currently live in Robert’s childhood home in Montreat, North Carolina, and are active members at Christ Community Church, also in Montreat.
Gary Miller, Director
Gary brings to the table almost 20 years of marketing and advertising experience through his work with companies such as Group Publishing, Salem Media and, currently, Focus on the Family. He is also an ordained minister of the Gospel and has decades of experience leading corporate worship. He is passionate for heart of worship and also for worship leadership development. He pursues this passion as the Executive Director of WorshipMinistry.com, a ministry alliance of Simply-Worship. He is a 1985 graduate of Wichita Business College in Wichita, Kansas, with a degree in Computer Programming and an emphasis in Business Accounting. He and his wife, Deanna, along with their two children, Tori and Tanner, live in Loveland, Colorado.
Vonda Skelton, Director
Vonda is the founder and co-director of Christian Communicators Conference, co-director of NCompass Writing Retreat and co-owner of SCW Productions. A former RN and freelance writer, and her articles have appeared in magazines such as HomeLife, ParentLife, Christian Single, and Focus on the Family publications. She is also the author of four books including her women’s book, “Seeing Through the Lies: Unmasking the Myths Women Believe,” and a series of three fiction books, one of which was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award nominee. She’s a sought-after instructor at writer’s conferences and enjoys mentoring and encouraging new writers. She also teaches writing to public, private, and home-schooled students and has spoken to over 22,000 kids across the country. Vonda is a dramatist, playwright and lyricist, and loves to entertain through her messages. She is an occasional actress in film, commercials, and theater, and is currently working on a new novel and accompanying screenplay. Vonda is also the co-director of the Teen Intern program at the Gideon Media Arts Conference and Film Festival (www.GideonFilmFestival.com), helping teens navigate the media arts while maintaining their Christian worldview.
She also speaks corporately, offering motivational, customer service, and team building programs for businesses, non-profits, and associations. Vonda is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, is a graduate of CLASSeminars and She Speaks, and is a past member of the National Speakers Association.
Vonda and her husband, Gary, have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. They live in Simpsonville, SC, with their adorable pup, Chloe.
Pastoral Care Team
Terry Cantrell, Associate Pastor, Riverstone Church, Kennesaw, Georgia
An Associate pastor at RiverStone Church in Kennesaw, Georgia, since April 1999, Terry oversees Prayer and Healing Ministries, Pastoral Care and Counseling. He works to identify and train those who work in Riverstone’s various healing ministries including Sunday Morning Ministry Teams, Nights of Healing Prayer and Sozo, a ministry of inner healing and deliverance. Terry is very passionate about releasing people into their God-given destiny. He and his wife, Patty, live in Marietta, Georgia.
Debbe Buller, Spiritual Director and Prayer Minister, Marion, North Carolina
Debbe has a passion to see others walk in wholeness and healing. Although enjoying her retirement, her life is incredibly full. Debbe keeps busy with personal prayer ministry appointments, training and discipleship. She and her husband, Phil, served on the mission field with Mission Aviation Fellowship and African Evangelical Fellowship for 10 years. They reside in Marion, North Carolina.