Leading artists and speakers will be a part of Worship Him!, the opening session for UNITE 2016, the Christian products and media industry convention.

The worship celebration, to be held 6-9 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, is open to the public. After the service a special preview from the upcoming film Ben-Hur will be presented.


Dr. Chris Hill (David C Cook), senior pastor of The Potter's House in Denver, CO., will speak on "The City of Transition --- Taking Giant Steps." The message is from the Cave of Adullam and the amazing process of how God used troubled people around King David to raise up a mighty army.

Hill is senior pastor at one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse U.S. churches, and is former associate pastor alongside Bishop T. D. Jakes. Hill speaks and lives a message of hope that crosses all cultures, races, and backgrounds.

Bob Lenz, author of the anti-bullying book Dignity Revolution and initiator of a national pledge to stand up for the worth, value, and dignity of every person, also will speak. Founder and president of Life Promotions, a nonprofit organization with a mission to instill hope in youth. Lenz also founded Lifest, one of the nation's largest multiday Christian-music festivals.

Worship music will be led by Karen Peck & New River, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and Seth and Nirva.

Worship Leaders

Karen Peck & New River (Daywind Records) has received four GMA Dove Awards, four GRAMMY nominations, and 15 No. 1 hit songs. The group has appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, Opryland, Dollywood, and the Dove Awards with its unique southern gospel sound.

Keith and Kristyn Getty (Getty Music) are modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, their song catalogue crosses traditional, classical, folk, and contemporary-composition genres. The Gettys tour internationally and have performed at venues as diverse as Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, Belfast's Waterfront Hall, The Pentagon, and London's Royal Albert Hall.

Seth and Nirva (Integrity Music) are known for delivering worshipful songs that blend pop, neo-soul, and gospel influences. The husband-and-wife duo have worked with leading Christian-music artists, including Kirk Franklin, Chris Tomlin, Donnie McClurkin, and CeCe Winans.

Ben-Hur Preview

Highlights from the feature film Ben-Hur, releasing in August will be shown following the service. The preview will include comments from Roma Downey, executive producer of the film and president of Lightworkers Media, and Kevin McAfee, founder of The Golden Rule Association and GR Advisors president/CEO.

The movie is based on the 1880 classic novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace. The abbreviated screening will feature the exciting chariot race and depictions of powerfully moving moments between Jesus Christ and Ben-Hur.

The screening also includes interviews with Downey and highlights with Morgan Freeman, who stars in the film with Jack Huston.

As president of Lightworkers Media, Downey together with her husband Mark Burnett produced the Emmy-nominated miniseries, The Bible for the History channel, which reached more than 100 million viewers in the U.S. alone.

Downey and Burnett also produced the 2014 feature film version, Son of God, The Dovekeepers for CBS, and A.D. The Bible Continues.

McAfee is a pioneer in Christian film, having worked with major motion-picture studios, sports documentary projects, and Christian-music productions. He was CEO of Every Tribe Entertainment, which produced the feature film End of the Spear, and serves on numerous boards and leadership groups, including Tennessee's Lipscomb University Film Advisory Board.