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Jeff Barker, M.F.A.

Jeff Barker is Professor of Theatre and Speech at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where he has taught for more than two decades. He holds an M.A. in theatre performance from Northern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in directing from University of South Dakota. He’s an elder in the Reformed Church in America and was a staff worship leader for many years at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City. He’s a much-produced playwright, including And God Said, a musical created with Broadway composer Ron Melrose. Jeff is the author of the book The Storytelling Church, and he was selected as the Carnegie Foundation’s Iowa Professor of the Year in 2006.

Doris Borchert, D.Min.

Professor Emerita. Doris Borchert is retired Professor of Christian Education and Supervision at Northern Seminary. She holds the D.Min from Andover Newton Theological School and has served as Professor of Christian Education and Director of Supervised Ministry at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky Northern Baptist Seminary in Lombard, Illinois and North American Baptist Seminary

Gerald Borchert, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus. Dr. Borchert has served as a Lawyer, an Ordained Baptist Minister, a Professor, and a Dean and Vice President of two Baptist theological seminaries in the United States in addition to having taught in many places. He is one of the translators of the New Living Translation and has written more than 150 articles and a score of books including commentaries on John, Galatians, Revelation, Thessalonians, a work on Worship in the New Testament: Divine Mystery and Human Response which surveys the entire New Testament, a handbook on visiting The Lands of the Bible and most recently Jesus of Nazareth: Background, Witnesses and Significance.

He has retired three times, and he and his wife Doris were recently installed as emeriti Professors at the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies. The Borcherts have two sons: Mark, a professor of communications and Tim, a senior pastor, two daughters-in-law who are ordained and four grandchildren.

Constance Cherry, D.Min.

Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry at Indiana Wesleyan University where she directs three distinct worship programs: Christian Worship, Worship Arts, and Worship Ministry. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, teaching DWS 702 every term it has been offered since 2000. Constance is an experienced worship leader, musician, and pastor, serving in local church ministry for many years. She is a published author and composer. Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services, is presently used by more than 125 institutions of higher education as a required worship text and will soon be published in its fourth language. Two related volumes, The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Holy Communion and Other Occasions and The Music Architect (2016), complete the Worship Architect trilogy published by Baker Academic. In response to this and other achievements in the academy, Constance was awarded the Outstanding Scholarship Award by Indiana Wesleyan University in 2015. An active hymn writer, her hymns appear in six major hymnals. Constance maintains an extensive schedule of speaking for conferences both nationally and internationally. She is an ordained United Methodist pastor and currently serves the Grant United Methodist Church as pastor. She is passionate about the local church and focuses her teaching/speaking on equipping leaders to achieve authentic worship renewal by helping them to identify and contextualize transcultural biblical principles that define Christian worship as truly Christian.

Vaughn CroweTipton, Ph.D.

Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton is Associate Vice President for Spiritual Life, Associate Professor of Religion, and University Chaplain at Furman University. Formerly the senior pastor at Auburn First Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama, Dr. CroweTipton also taught in the religion department at Auburn University, as well as Mercer University, Brewton-Parker College and Macon College. He has served as senior pastor at Northwest Baptist Church in Ardmore, OK, senior chaplain at Methodist Children’s Home in Macon, GA, and pastor of Loveview Baptist Church in Hillsboro, TX. He has published numerous articles, edited several books, and serves as a conference speaker. A graduate of Mississippi College (B.A.), he holds the M.Div. degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from Baylor University. Dr. CroweTipton has also done postdoctoral study at Oxford University.

Frank Fortunato, D.W.S.

Frank Fortunato has served in music ministry his entire lifetime. He taught college music courses followed by music ministry with Operation Mobilization’s mission ships. Frank completed Master’s studies in ethnomusicology and a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. Frank serves as the international worship consultant for OM, and as an arts in mission advocate with various global Christian networks. He is the Vice President of The International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). He serves as the Coordinator of Missional Relations for the Webber Institute, and directs the Institute’s GROW (Global Renewal of Worship). He is the founder of OM’s Heart Sounds International, a ministry producing indigenous worship recordings mostly in the restricted parts of the world. Frank co-authored All the World is Singing—Glorifying God through the worship music of the nations, and co-edited Worship and Mission for the Global Church-an Ethnodoxology Handbook. The Fortunatos are based at the OM USA headquarters in Atlanta.

Dinelle Frankland, D.W.S.

Associate Dean. Dinelle Frankland is Professor of Worship Studies at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois. She holds a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Lincoln Christian University, a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. She has taught music and worship in Christian Higher Education since 1979. Dr. Frankland teaches regularly at TCMI Institute, a seminary near Heiligenkreuz, Austria, that trains ministers from several Eastern European countries. She is the author of His Story, Our Response: What the Bible Says About Worship and travels throughout the U.S. as a speaker and worship leader. At IWS she enjoys interacting with a variety of students who are eager to further their education for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.

Donna Hawk-Reinhard, D.Sc., Ph.D.

Donna Hawk-Reinhard serves as a faculty member of the Episcopal School for Ministry, Program for Theological Formation, and as adjunct faculty at Eden Theological Seminary in the Anglican House of Studies. She has taught courses at Saint Louis University, Lindenwood University, and Covenant Theological Seminary in the areas of Christian formation, Christian spirituality, and church history. She has also served as teacher of spiritual disciplines at the Deaconess Anne House (Episcopal Service Corps, St. Louis), a semi-monastic community. She received a B.S. from Missouri University of Science and Technology and a M.S. and Doctor of Science from Washington University in St. Louis, all in chemical engineering. She holds a M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in historical theology from Saint Louis University.

C. Michael Hawn, D.M.A.

Michael Hawn is University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and Director of the Sacred Music Program in Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, where he has taught since 1992. He taught previously at two Southern Baptist Seminaries for fifteen years. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Church Music degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His research and publications are primarily in the areas of congregational song and cross-cultural worship with over 300 articles, books, reviews and curriculum materials published. He has taught and conducted research in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Two of his books are Gather into One: Praying and Singing Globally (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2003) and One Bread, One Body: Exploring Cultural Diversity in Worship (The Alban Institute, 2003). In 2006 he served as the music director for the IX Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He was elected a Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada in 2008.

Andrew E. Hill, Ph.D.

Andrew Hill is Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. His graduate training includes a M.Div. with Christian Education emphasis from Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous articles and several books, including A Survey of the Old Testament (with J. H. Walton), 1 & 2 Chronicles (NIV Application Commentary), Minor Prophets (with R. D. Patterson, Cornerstone Biblical Commentary), and Malachi (Anchor Bible Commentary).

He has been affiliated with Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies since 1999 as co-instructor in DWS 701 The Biblical Foundations and Historical Development of Christian Worship. He is the author of Enter His Courts with Praise! (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993). Other related experiences include: a contributor to The Complete Library of Christian Worship (Vol. 1: The Biblical Foundations of Worship. R. E. Webber, ed. Nashville: Star Song, 1993); a contributor to the Praise and Worship Study Bible (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1997); and a contributor to The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible. R. J. Foster and D. Willard, eds. San Francisco: Harper, 2005).

Jessica Jones, D.W.S.

Jessica Jones is adjunct professor of Liturgy and Worship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, FL. She holds a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, both from Florida State University. Jessica has served as a choral educator and adjudicator for over fifteen years in addition to serving as a worship leader in the Anglican church. She leads women’s ministry events and is currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief of, and contributor to, the Communique for the Gulf Atlantic Diocese in the Anglican Church in North America. Jessica is grateful to partner her educational and writing experience with her background in worship and liturgy to mentor students as they complete the thesis process at IWS. Jessica lives in Jacksonville with her husband and two young children.

Reggie Kidd, Ph.D.

Reggie Kidd is Professor of New Testament and Dean of the Chapel at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He holds an M.A.R. and an M.Div. from Westminister Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Duke University. His writings include Wealth and Beneficence in the Pastoral Epistles, the notes on Ephesians and Colossians for the New Geneva Study Bible, and the recently published With One Voice: Discovering Christ’s Song in our Worship. In January 2009, Dr. Kidd was tapped to become a new columnist and member of the editorial board and conference staff for Worship Leader Magazine contributing a regular column entitled “One Voice.”

Susan Massey, M.L.I.S., M.Div.

Library Director. Susan Massey is Head of Discovery Enhancement at the Thomas G. Carpenter Library of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She has held a variety of positions in academic libraries in Florida, Texas, and Louisiana for the past twenty-five years. Susan earned her M.L.I.S. from Louisiana State University and also received an M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Paul Neeley, Ph.D. Candidate

Paul Neeley is the co-founder and past president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists, a network for the development of culturally appropriate Christian worship, utilizing insights from ethnomusicology, missiology, worship studies and the arts (, He has been promoting culturally appropriate worship since the 1980s, living in Ghana for 7 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, and working short-term in about 15 other countries. He has written 2 books, helped edit 2 others, and edited the journals EM News and EthnoDoxology journal for many years. Paul founded several ensembles that lead global Christian worship (church and parachurch contexts), and produced and played on multiple recordings of multicultural worship music. He is a consultant for various mission agencies and schools. Author of 50+ articles and reviews, he blogs about global Christian worship.

Carl Park, Ph.D. Candidate

Carl Park is a Ph.D. candidate in Theological Studies (New Testament) at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He received a B.A. from Yale University, a M.Div. from Trinity, and a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has been a worship leader and a pastor to worship leaders, and he has served on the staffs of Presbyterian, Vineyard, and non-denominational churches.

Alan Rathe, Ph.D.

Dr. Alan Rathe pastors the English-speaking congregation of the Chinese Alliance Church of Westchester, an ethnic Chinese church outside of NYC. Previously he served as worship pastor for a multi-ethnic urban church. He earned his BA in music from New York University, an M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Tyndale Theological Seminary, an M.Phil. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. He has served as an adjunct professor at three different schools since 2003, and has published Evangelicals, Worship and Participation.

Daniel Sharp, D.M.A.

Daniel Sharp is the Minister of Worship Arts at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, FL. He holds the BME from Wheaton College, MME from Drake University and a DMA from the University of Southern California. He has served churches in Lexington, MA, Newport Beach, CA, Seattle WA, San Diego, CA, and now in Orlando. He is the author of the children’s musical Three Wee Kings, as well as various articles for Worship and Creator magazines. He was a contributor to The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Ed. Robert Webber, NIV Worship Study Bible, Ed. Buddy Owens, and Transforming Power, Ed. Hugh Balou. He has served as an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Wenham, MA, and is past president of the National Association of Church Musicians.

Jack Van Marion, D.Min.

Jack Van Marion is Lead Pastor of Preaching and Teaching at Calvary Church in Edina, Minnesota. He received an M.Div. degree from Calvin Theological Seminary and a D.Min. in Worship Studies from Northern Seminary. He combines his ministry experience in the pastorate with teaching opportunities, and along with others, he supervises doctoral candidates as they develop their thesis projects.

Emily Vermilya, D.W.S.

Emily A. Vermilya is the Director of Worship and Arts Ministry Development at College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, and an Adjunct Professor of Worship at Indiana Wesleyan University. An alum of Indiana Wesleyan University (B.A. in Communication Arts) and I.W.S., Emily earned her M.W.S. degree in 2009 and D.W.S. degree in June of 2012. She is excited and grateful to use her experience in local church worship ministry and familiarity with equipping and mentoring worship leaders to serve the I.W.S. community.

Kent Walters, D.W.S.

Kent Walters is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Previously, he served as music director and worship pastor in a local church for 31 years. He received an M.M. from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies graduating as a member of the first or “Alpha” class. He has served as the school’s Director of Alumni Activities and Editor of the IWS newsletter, Anamnesis since 2004, and was appointed faculty member for the Practicum Courses in June 2007.

Greg Wilde, D.W.S.

The Rev. Dr. Wilde is a parish priest in charge of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Pewaukee, WI, in the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee. He received his D.W.S. from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where he has been teaching Masters students the history of Christian Worship since 2003. He also holds an M.A. in Theology/Liturgy from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.Div. from Sewanee School of Theology.

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