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United Pursuit wants to invite you to join our family in beautiful Southern California for a life-changing experience: the United Pursuit School of Worship. We want to share with you our experiences and all we’ve learned over the past seven years as a community.

The calling - UP School of Worship is for innovators and collaborators, dreamers who are wild and passionate worshippers, ready to break through creative and personal barriers.

We believe - that music is a symptom, evidence of how deeply we’ve been moved by the love of God.

Our Focus: Community. Creativity. Worship.

Community – As family, we will discover together how our music emerges out of close relationships. By living together, we will facilitate a creative and spiritual “retreat” environment where students are encouraged and inspired by one another’s lives, stories, and musical gifts.

Creativity – Together we will collaborate and learn from the United Pursuit team and University-trained creatives. Our goal is to equip each student with the musical, vocal, and lyrical tools that empower their unique sound and inspire new original songwriting.

Worship – We will experience powerful times of worship in God’s presence, pursuing intimacy with the Father and one another. In doing so, each student will learn from the authentic expression of worship that United Pursuit has pioneered.

The UP School of Worship experience wasn’t just about learning, but about receiving — an impartation of family, the heart of community, and authentic worship. These things really took hold in my spirit and I know they will grow for years to come. I’m beyond grateful that the school exists and that I had the privilege to experience it.
Kieran De La Harpe (School of Jan 2016)


MICHAEL KETTERER– As part of the eclectic, ambient worship band United Pursuit, Michael leads worship that truly ushers in the presence of God. He is passionate about defining the church as family, a loving and healing home accessible to everyone (including his 5 children adopted from foster care). He has experience in both Christian and Secular music, and teaches song- writing, performance, and vocal training throughout Southern California.


TOMMY MURPHY – Tommy has a Master’s in Music Composition at Azusa Pacific University. He has been the worship leader for Isla Vista Church, and has co-lead in other various church and home church gatherings. He is passionate about equipping worshippers with the fundamentals of music, adding an expertise to intuition. He himself is an inspiring songwriter and worshipper, which contributes to the relevance of his teaching.

Rick Sims

RICK SIMS– Rick has a Masters of Fine Art in Poetry and teaches writing at the University of California, Irvine. He believes that language, by itself, is music, and that music is the primary carrier of today’s cultural messages. He’s passionate about leading students toward their unique writing voice and understanding the power their voice carries to worship and to connect with others.


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Student Testimonies

The time spent with the UP teachers and the experience of living with people who are now good friends left me renewed and new.  My soul can’t express my gratitude enough. I write songs now from a place I didn’t know existed. The ending of the school was only the beginning of a moment that is stretching out into a lifetime.  The UP School gave me a place to witness growth, worship, and be in an intimately safe environment, which in turn gave me to the freedom to experience those things for myself.  Worship…heart…community…that’s everything this school is about.
Tati Yukawa
The United Pursuit School of Worship was a gift. God deposited and stirred things in my heart that I am still unpacking. I found myself empowered by God in the context of community – not just in the gifts He has placed inside of me, but as a child of God and who He’s made me to be. Community is the heartbeat of this school, and being in a family of worshippers chasing after God’s heart reminded me what I was created for. I have come away from this school refreshed and encouraged. This week was more significant than I could’ve imagined. I encountered Him!
Jena Brancart