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As a lifelong resident of the great state of Maryland, many see my decision to study church music at Baylor as interesting and unexpected. I truly did not expect it either, but God put special people in my life who have guided me through my call to and action in ministry. My amazing parents raised me in music, putting me in music lessons at a young age. I grew up attending Heritage Baptist Church, where Dr. Ralph Manuel has worked as Minister of Music since 2004, and his musical mentorship has had a profound impact on my life. The summer before my senior year of high school, Dr. Manuel invited me to accompany him to the Alleluia Conference at Baylor. I was already considering Baylor as an option for college, so I decided to make the trip.
That week was one of the most formative weeks of my life. I met with Dr. Bradley, who discussed the unique opportunities in Baylor's Center for Christian Music Studies, and he introduced me to numerous figures in the church music world. Dr. Bradley also introduced me to James Cheesman, who set an example for me as a product of the Church Music department, while also setting an example as a man of God. James and Dr. Bradley helped me realize my call to music ministry, and guided me through application for the Church Music program at Baylor.
My first year at Baylor has given me such passion for music and the church. I have had the opportunity to work with incredible professors, who have helped me learn music theory and musicianship, while also taking voice lessons from Mr. Jack Coldiron. I have sung in the Baylor University Men's Choir, Concert Choir, and Baylor Religious Hour Choir, and have learned to become a better singer through great directors and colleagues. I have also had opportunities through the church music department, singing a solo for the advisory board and helping to plan the Mosaic Service. These opportunities have prepared me for an eventual career in music ministry, and I cannot be more thankful for my family, Ralph Manuel, and the people involved in the Center for Christian Music Studies.