About Us

Our Mission

Worship Convergence International exists to equip worship teams to utilize their musical gifts throughout the world and make disciples through life-changing experiences.

Our Vision

Worship Convergence International seeks to converge music and missions to accomplish the church’s great commission with godliness, effectiveness, and excellence.

The WCI Difference

Our purpose is to facilitate mission tours that include:

  1. Musical experiences that are worshipful and life-changing.

  2. Missional opportunities that reach the nations for Jesus Christ.

  3. Ministry-centered projects that encourage and edify churches and partners on the ground.

  4. Must-see destinations that expand hearts and minds globally for the gospel.

  5. Moments that embrace fun, community, and the family of God.

  6. Margin for personal exploration, team connection, and spiritual reflection.

  7. Memories that will last a lifetime.

Pastoral & Artistic Team

Rev. John Bolin

Executive Director

John is an accomplished and dove-nominated writer/arranger with over 70 arrangements, and over 60 original songs through anthems and musicals through Lifeway Worship. Through this partnership with Lifeway, John’s writings and publishings for the First|Worship team reaches the church globally. He has performed over 1200 concerts across the world, produced or performed on more than 25 records, and led congregations of people in worship on a weekly basis for 20 years.

As a teacher and multiplier, John serves on the worship steering board for both California Baptist University and Liberty University, and trains worship leaders in conferences and events all throughout the country.

But John’s ministry and impact begins first and foremost in his personal relationship with the Lord and with his family. John married Paige in July of 2011. They have four beautiful children; Grace, Hudson, John Luke and Levi.

Dr. Gene Peterson

Founding Director

Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Performance Tours at Perform International and the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, California, USA. His diverse and extensive background in both academic and church music contexts supports his leadership in international performance events and tours, as well as choral arts ensembles, worship ensembles, graduate choral conducting and vocal programs at CBU. Dr. Peterson’s breadth of expertise and experience, engaging and articulate teaching, and passion for mentoring the next generation of musicians is apparent through his work in the academy, the church as well as his work around the world.

Management Team

Paul Lam - Founder & Chairman

Paul Lam is the senior advisor for Worship Convergence International. Over three decades, he has successfully organized a vast number of performance and special interest tour programs to internationally acclaimed events such as the FIFA World Cup USA, Beijing Olympic Cultural & Music Festival, Oberammergau Passion Play, and the Rome Sacred Music Festival. He is also the founder of Kingsway International.

Roland Zuehlke - Managing Director

Born and raised in Switzerland, Roland Zuehlke arrived in the U.S. in 1987 to complete his studies in New York and launch a career in marketing and advertising. He has held senior positions at Switzerland Tourism and Kuoni Tours amassing more than 20 years of experience meeting the demands of discerning and knowledgeable music directors. His career includes organizing many large music festivals in Austria, France, Germany and Italy as well as international events such as the Oberammergau Passion Play and Catholic World Youth Day.

Zoe Franciscus - Managing Director

In charge of program management, Zoe Franciscus draws heavily on her creativity and broad knowledge of European group travel. She was born and raised in Ireland and holds a B.A. in International Marketing and Japanese. Since 1997 Franciscus has held various executive positions while working for several multi-billion dollar international tour operators. She has organized successful international music festivals in Canterbury, Lincoln, Lucerne, Paris, Rome, Salzburg, Vienna, Wells and York as well as hundreds of customized performance tours throughout Europe.

Julia Wright - Administrative Manager

With more than 20 years in retail management, Julia Wright has an extensive background in sales and operations with a focus on the customer experience.  The skills gained from working in a customer-centric culture have also been applied in her work portfolio as project manager in special event planning, interior design projects for residential and commercial clients, and as a business/personal coach.  Since 2011, providing great experiences has extended to her role as a group travel coordinator for choir and orchestra domestic and international mission tours.  She has a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.

Stephanie Payne -Tour Operations Manager

Stephanie Payne’s background is centered around music and ministry. Her professional musical experience includes four years as a private oboe instructor to middle and high school students in the Houston, TX area. Mission travel includes recent tours as a choir member and oboist to Costa Rica and Italy and has early roots beginning with youth choir domestic travel and growing up as a child of a worship pastor who led mission trips and choir tours. In college, she spent two summers as a worship intern working with adult and youth choirs learning the inner workings of music ministry and group mission travel planning. She has a B.S. in church music and oboe performance from Baylor University.