Hearn Innovators in Christian Music Present First Lecture of 2010

Feb. 26, 2010

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Baylor University's School of Music will present John Bell, Scottish minister and hymn writer, to lecture at the Hearn Innovators in Christian Music Series at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 113 of Waco Hall East, 624 Speight Ave.

Bell will discuss his experience in the global Church and challenges that worship leaders face in changing times. He will look at strategies for initiating change in the liturgy of a local church and reflect on the spiritual formation that can sustain leaders in public worship.

Bell will also lead worship in Waco Hall for Student Life's chapel at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 3.

Bell has been seen on the BBC and performed contemporary religious songs from various parts of the world.

In 1999, Bell was given a fellowship by the Royal School of Church Music, Scotland, and in 2002, he received an honorary doctorate by the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

Bell started the committee that drafted and edited the Church of Scotland's Church Hymnary Fourth Edition, published in 2005.

Hearn Innovators in Christian Music Series is in its second year and hosts presenters who are active in the practice, creation or study of church music. The presenters are on campus for three to four days and are available to speak in classes, visit with students and lecture.

"The goal of the series is to inspire students to be innovators themselves and to create venues where Baylor students can interact with people who are impacting the field of Christian Music," said Dr. Randall Bradley, Director of the Center for Christian Music Studies.

For more information on John Bell or previous lecturers, visit http://www.baylor.edu/music/church_music/index.php?id=60441.

by Colton Wright, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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