Dr. Dinelle Frankland, D.W.S.

Acting Provost, Academic Dean, and Faculty | MWS 501: A Biblical Theology of Worship

Dinelle Frankland has a Bachelor of Sacred Music degree from Lincoln Christian University and a Master of Music in Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, both with a piano performance emphasis. She holds a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, where she currently serves as professor and Academic Dean. She previously taught music and worship at Dallas Christian College and Ozark Christian College and has taught as an adjunct for TCMI Institute, a seminary near Heiligenkreuz, Austria. 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. Dinelle has taught music and worship in Christian Higher Education for over forty-four years, teaching at Dallas Christian College, in Dallas TX; Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, MO; and Lincoln Christian Seminary, in Lincoln, IL. Her teaching duties have ranged from musical – including music theory, piano lessons, music history, and choirs – to her current area of worship theology, history, and culture. Dinelle has also served as part-time worship minister in several churches. She has spoken all over the United States for conferences, retreats and college chapels, and continues to provide workshops and seminars on worship.

From 2003-2021, Dinelle served as Professor of Worship Studies at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois, where she developed a Master of Arts in Formative Worship degree. She also served as academic dean at LCS from 2011-2015. Officially “retired” as of January 2023, along with her part-time position at IWS Dinelle directs the Community Choir, serves as an accompanist for various community events, and serves on the worship team at First Christian Church, Clinton, IL.


  • Bachelor of Sacred Music, Lincoln Christian University
  • Master of Music in Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies