On Stage


Eric Epperson is the senior director of Æffect, CIY’s digital resources and film department. Prior to his current role, Eric served as the programming director for CIY’s MOVE program, a nationally touring event for high school students. Eric has collaborated with some of the most creative people in the country to produce events, award-winning short films – such as “Aullido,” best short film at the 2015 Justice Film Festival – and compelling documentaries – such as “Love Costs Everything.” In 2016, Eric hosted Kingdom Worker Week, CIY’s first ever online event. Eric holds a BA from Ozark Christian College and a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. He has studied writing and improvisational comedy at the Second City in Chicago and is the co-founder and owner of Siblings Improv, where he performs regularly and leads corporate trainings on collaboration and teamwork. He currently lives on Route 66 with his wife and two daughters.


Freedom Calls is a team of worship leaders from local area
churches passionate about leading others into the presence
of the Lord. Through the use of contemporary
worship songs, scripture, video, and spoken word,
the band seeks to draw the audience
into a time of powerful praise and intimate worship.
For Freedom Calls, it is so much
more than just harmonies and melodies set to a few
chords; the band’s primary focus is
that of establishing room for the Holy Spirit to move
and connect with the audience
through times of corporate worship.

“Music can stir up powerful emotion, but only
a true encounter with Jesus can bring a
life change.” says front-man Chris Barnes. That true encounter
is the band’s heart when it comes
to times of leading worship. Then and only then can
we experience the truth found in
Galatians 5:1, “It is for freedom’s sake that Christ
has set you free…”

Freedom is calling you!


      Band Members
Chris Barnes-Katie Barnes
Chip Shoemaker-Angie Shoemaker
Mandy Yaple-Katie Simpson
Brandon Shoemaker-Richard VanEpps


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