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Matt TommeyMatt Tommey
Executive Director / Founder

Matt Tommey has been engaged in creative ministry for over 20 years in both in the US and internationally as a worship leader, songwriter and visual artisan. He is the author of “Unlocking the Heart of the Artist”, “Crafting Your Brand”, “Creativity According to the Kingdom” and founder of The Worship Studio.

Out of his own journey of brokenness, Matt has a deep passion to see artists and creative people walk in wholeness and reveal the Glory of God through their creative expression in ways that facilitate cultural transformation and revival. Through mentoring, teaching, and his own creative expression, Matt is pursuing a creative life that reflects the Glory of God.

Matt is an author, worship leader, internationally-recognized award-winning contemporary basketry artist and member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. In 2011 he was listed by the Smithsonian America Museum of Art’s Renwick Gallery as an “American Artist Under 40” and was a North Carolina Arts Council Grant Recipient. In 2012 Matt was recognized as one of the “Best of Western North Carolina Artists”. Married to Tanya, they live in Asheville, NC and have one son, Cameron. He regularly blogs on all things creative at and on his blog for The Worship Studio. You can see Matt’s artwork at His studio is located within the River Oaks Creative Community in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina.

Interested in having Matt speak at your church or next event?  Just Ask!

headshot2Gabrielle Dearman
Social Media Team Leader / Local Community-Building Coordinator


Gabrielle Dearman moved from Atlanta to Asheville in 2009 with a clear vision of becoming a part of the local arts culture in West North Carolina. She has a passion for seeing artists in this region connect in community, and find their true identity through a relationship with their Creator. In 2010, Gabrielle found The Worship Studio as an emerging artist, and immediately knew she had found her “tribe.” As she has participated regularly in the local River Oaks Monday Night Artists Group and other Worship Studio events as both a participant and team member, she has steadily grown both creatively, as well as personally.

As an artist, Gabrielle especially enjoys exploring themes relating to living in an organic-meets-inorganic world, where technology and life are struggling to coexist together. She is most known for her abstract acrylic paintings that combine bold lines and color with subtle blended texture. You can find her Artist Page on facebook here:

As well as pursuing her artistic endeavors, Gabrielle also proudly works as a full-time nanny for a family with two amazing girls in South Asheville.

Claire Brooks
Executive Assistant / Conference Coordinator

Claire is a native of Asheville, North Carolina and serves as the Conference Coordinator for The Worship Studio and executive assistant to Matt Tommey. She is passionate about facilitating retreat and conference events for artists that help them be all they can be in the Kingdom.

Claire is married to Wyatt and currently lives in Leicester, NC, outside Asheville with their two children.

Board of Directors

  • Matt Tommey
  • Ray Hughes
  • Dale Debner
  • David Kula
  • Jason & Kim Miller
  • Jim & Pat Banks