Mission Presenters & Musicians

Presenters

Vince Ambrosetti

A Secular Franciscan, on October 4, 1977, Vince founded International Liturgy Publications, the oldest free-standing non-profit publisher of sacred music for the Catholic church. He was named Catholic Artist of the Year in December 2001, and has been honored with seven other Unity awards for his music. Vince sang his song "Sanctuary" during Communion at Mother Teresa’s funeral in Calcutta, India. He has composed, recorded and, by invitation of the Vatican, performed for Pope John Paul II, the first English Mass Setting ever sung at St. Peter Basilica in Rome. His music has been placed in the Vatican archives alongside the works of Vivaldi, Puccini, Verdi and Corelli. Vince's music is published by ILP Music. Vince completed his studies in Systematic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indana. He was nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Rev. Kenneth r. Beale

Father Ken is a priest of the Newark Archdiocese, who currently serves as Executive Director of Faith on Fire Missions and is one of our mission presenters, tapping into over 40 years of pastoral experience, which include his time as a seminarian, parochial vicar, pastor, and chaplain in the Air Force. The latter has afforded him unique avenues for ministry, not only to military Catholics, but to all those who serve regardless of what they believe. While deployed overseas, he also ventured beyond the base gate, providing pastoral care to locals in Riyadh, Tuzla, Baghdad, Bishkek, and Abu Dhabi. Father Ken is a musician who plays both the piano and guitar, but would readily admit that his primary instrument is his voice. He is also a composer, releasing his debut CD in 2017, Go Into The World, which is a heartfelt celebration of Christian devotion for every phase of life.

Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewicz 

Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewicz attended St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland and was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Cleveland in May 1988. He has served the church as a parish youth minister in Cleveland, as Co-coordinator of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Toledo and most recently as Pastoral Leader at Saint Richard Parish in Swanton, Ohio. His background includes ten years in radio broadcasting, followed by working in the advertising and marketing field. He loves music, plays the keyboard and enjoys adding song to the message he shares. 



Monsignor William King

A priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Monsignor King brings a diverse background to the ministry of preaching. After 28 years in diocesan administration in Harrisburg and in Atlanta, he happily serves as a pastor of a parish near Harrisburg. He is a canon lawyer, an adjunct professor in the School of Canon Law of The Catholic University of America, adjunct professor of religious studies at Messiah College, an author, a private pilot, and an organist with a certificate from the American Guild of Organists. Having studied chemistry and biology in college, he attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia and was ordained a priest in 1983. He completed a doctorate in canon law at The Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and studied civil law at the Widener University School of Law. Three video presentations he scripted for small group use won national “Gabriel” communications awards. He is very active as a spiritual director and retreat leader.

In memoriam

+ Bishop Joseph Estabrook

May 19, 1944 - February 4, 2012

Musicians

Louis Canter, OEF

Accompanist and vocalist

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Louis Canter is the Minister of Music for Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kissimmee, Florida.  While Louis is focused on Parish Ministry, he also gives workshops throughout the United States on topics related to Music and Worship, as well as Parish Missions and Concerts.  He is involved with interfaith dialogue and has participated in conferences and concerts related to peace efforts and praise and worship.  His bi-lingual ability gives him freedom to work within the Spanish-speaking community.  Mr. Canter's "Requiem for the Innocents" has been recently released by ILP Music and has been well received in the Catholic Community.  Since 2015, he is a professed member of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans. 

Debra Lee Williamson

A hometown girl, Debra Lee Williamson grew up in Gallatin, TN and now lives with her husband, Jonathan, and stepson, Christian, in Ashland City, TN. She was born into a musical family and has been singing for most of her life. Debra Lee’s desire is to use her God-given talents to share the Gospel, to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, and to encourage other believers to deepen their faith. Debra Lee earned her Masters of Music from Austin Peay State University where she studied vocal performance with Allen Henderson and Sharon Mabry and choral conducting with George Mabry and Karen Kenaston-French. She has traveled extensively with the Glenn Draper Singers carrying the Good News of Jesus Christ in song both near and far; and, in 2007, she was able to take a life-changing trip to sing in the Holy Land and surrounding countries. She has served as either a music director, paid singer or volunteer at several churches in middle Tennessee including First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Episcopal Church in Clarksville, Christ Church Cathedral, West End United Methodist Church, and Bellevue Baptist Church. Debra Lee also sang with the Nashville Symphony Chorus as a paid singer for eleven years. Debra Lee currently serves as Creative Director at ILP Music/Lamb Publications, and is on staff as a paid singer at St. George Episcopal Church in Nashville. Give Me Jesus is the title track on Debra Lee’s debut album, which was released in September of 2014. The album features 13 of her favorite songs, spirituals and hymns.

Ruben Galabeas

Recording Artist, Leader of Song, Lay Minister
Since 1994, Ruben has worked as Director of Music at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, (Corpus Christi, TX), an exciting, multicultural parish of over 2700 families. He leads music at all weekend and daily liturgies. From time to time, he also provides music for other nearby parishes. While section leader and president of his school choir, Ruben was recognized as the number one ranked baritone voice in the state of Texas. Throughout the years, he has also sung for weddings, Quinceaneras, funerals and other liturgical, devotional and paraliturgical events. As a convert to Catholicism, Ruben is a fervent and committed member of the Body of Christ. From 2001 to present, Ruben has recorded with Freddie Martinez, Sr., and he has recently completed a Spanish collection of Vince Ambrosetti’s songs, “Come You Who Labor,” with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of London, released by International Liturgy Publicaitons. He is also a featured artist on the ILP release called “Classic Christmas.”

Matthew Daniels

Baritone and composer Matthew J. Daniels holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Louisiana State University. He holds additional music degrees from Florida Atlantic University (MA, BMus), and Indian River State College (AA). Additionally, he attended Manhattan School of Music in 2001 and studied voice with the late Metropolitan Opera baritone, Theodor Uppman. Prior to attending LSU, Matt was adjunct instructor of voice at Florida Atlantic University and Indian River State College. He is currently the director of music for Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights, MI and associate musician at Guardian Angels Catholic Community in Clawson. In October of 2012, Matt was awarded a recording grant from the Co-op Press Fund and its subsidiary label, Emeritus Recordings, to record a professional CD featuring the music of American composers Sy Brandon and David P. Rossow - a dear friend and topic of Daniels' dissertation research.