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Meet the Team


Dr. Lyell Heise

Director of the Institute of Worship

Based at Avondale College, Lyell is a senior lecturer in the School of Ministry and Theology where he specialises in worship and theology. He travels widely for the Institute of Worship, directing seminars, worskshops and worship conferences around the South Pacific Region. He also directs the Institute of Worship Orchestra. Lyell has been a Senior Pastor for 30 years and a musician since childhood. His passion is to see the worship and music leadership of today's churches embrace the best of all the worship traditions.


Valmai Hill

Assistant to the Director

Valmai is a piano teacher of 40 years experience. She produces resources and directs training workshops in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. One of her passions is to see piano players, both young and old, expanding their skills, and embracing all the music God is giving the church. In 2010 Valmai published a children's worship resource called Songs For Kids By Kids. She loves to see both children and adult beginners experiencing the joy of participating in worship ensembles. Book Four in this series continues to contribute to the realisation of that dream.

Valmai works in the areas of resourcing, multigenerational worship, Orchestra management, travel arrangements, and everything to do with the Play Today series.


Marian Moroney

Assistant to the Director

In addition to her work with the IOW, Marian has a B.Ed and B.Mus Hons degrees and runs a private teaching studio for both singing and piano students. Previously to joining the Institute, Marian has taught in schools, run choirs, music departments and worship teams in both Australia and New Zealand. She has completed a singing degree and has studied vocal technique internationally. She has recently produced two worship resource DVD's - one on vocal techniques and another on worship leading techniques. She has many years experience working with churches and their particular challenges in the areas of music and ministry. Her involvement with worship has spread internationally, having worked with music and worship teams in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Canada, Germany, London, Samoa, and the Cook Islands. Marian's passion is to see people connect with their Creator in authentic worship, both personal and corporate.

Marian works with worship leaders, singers, co-ordinates the worship conferences for highschool students, is putting together the Worship Today DVD teaching series and helps to maintain the webpage.


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