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As I neared college graduation, I felt a strong desire to continue my education at the master's level. Due to my calling to church music ministry and my undergraduate degree in church music, a Master of Church Music program seemed to be the best fit. I began checking major seminaries in the Baptist world and narrowed my choices down to a couple of schools. It was at this point that I became interested in the dual Master of Music/Master of Divinity program offered by Baylor University and Truett Seminary.
In my undergraduate years, I learned the "how-to" of ministry-the very practical and administrative tasks of the music minister. However, I wanted to continue building on the knowledge I had acquired and deepen my understanding of worship and my role as a minister of the Gospel through music. As I looked deeper into the dual-degree program, I began to see that this would cater perfectly to the needs I still wanted met. I could continue my musical pursuit of excellence while gaining a greater knowledge of Scripture and theology. All of these things would help me be loyal to my calling and serve the local church to the best of my ability.
During my time here at Baylor and Truett, I have been continually amazed by the opportunities God has laid before me. I am able to study church music with Dr. Randall Bradley, Dr. David Music, and Dr. Terry York, all whom have written textbooks in this field that have greatly contributed to my work as a minister. I have met leaders in the world of church music through conferences, guest lectures, and other church music events. I have also been privileged to work closely with the Center for Christian Music Studies as it seeks to forge new paths for church music in the future. In all of these things, I have truly seen God at work in my life equipping me with a healthy philosophy of worship and music within the church, a true understanding of my role as a leader and pastor in the worship of the church, and-at the most basic level-a worshiper of Christ.