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Jacob Sensenig - Master of Divinity/Master of Music Degree Candidate
My journey to Baylor began in 2008, while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and serving at First Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It was during the spring of 2008 in which I began conversations with my minister of music about seminary training and Baylor University and George W. Truett Theological Seminary quickly rose to prominence because of the increasingly rare combination of a seminary education paired with such a renowned School of Music. The Master of Divinity/Master of Church Music degree offered at Baylor & Truett is truly unique in the fact that it brings pastors, youth ministers, missionaries, and musicians from around the globe into conversation with one another and fosters an environment for healthy conversation and reflection crucial to the future of the church universal.
My first engagement with Baylor came as an attendee at the 2008 Alleluia Conference. This unparalleled experience allowed me to engage with the world-class faculty, clinicians, and students and gave me insight to the heart of the program. I knew for this singular experience that Baylor was where God was leading me. The church music program and Center for Christian Music Studies at Baylor succeeds in providing students with the foundational principles and practices of Christian music, as well as creating a safe environment in which students learn the practical skills necessary to adapt in the ever expanding world of Christian music. The program in only two years has broadened my horizons with lectures and workshops with John Bell & Allyson Adams from the Iona Community, Hymnologists Carl Daw and Emily Brink, as well as, songwriters Gloria Gaither, David Crowder, and Ken Medema. One-on-one engagement of this magnitude and frequency with the pre-eminent names in Christian music cannot be found at any other comparable program nationwide. The opportunities afforded to Baylor & Truett students will help to propel them to be the leaders, practitioners, and innovators of Christian music in the years to come.