Church and Music have held important places in my life since childhood. From conducting make-believe choirs in my parents’ living room to having the position of Assistant Choir Director at my home church years later, church music ministry has always been a passion of mine. I felt God leading me to attend seminary after my undergraduate graduation; the question became “Where am I going to go?” Although New York is saturated with theological institutions, I wanted to attend an established seminary in a new city with sound theological doctrine where I would be challenged and equipped with the tools for effective ministry in music and preaching. After much research and prayer, I applied only to Baylor University and Truett Seminary site-unseen and was accepted. I have not regretted my decision at all.
Truett Seminary and the School of Music has completely pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me spiritually and mentally to be the best seminarian and musician I can be. Each week comes with its good and challenging moments but Baylor has taught me the importance of community and the strength that comes with developing relationships with those who are working with you in pursuit of God’s calling. Baylor has encouraged me to take risks daily both inside and outside of the classroom and not to be afraid to make mistakes; view the mistakes as learning opportunities and move forward. Finally, Baylor has taught me to follow my passion and stay true to my call always. Each person possesses a unique gifting and as long as God is God, one’s gifts will make room for him/her.
Furthering my learning on worship and the components of an efficient music ministry while having the opportunity to apply what I have learned in my church at the same time has been rewarding. Church Music enhances any worship experience and is its own door of opportunity to introduce someone to God. My goal in my time at Baylor is to hone my musicianship skills as a singer, teacher, and leader to present that door of opportunity always not only for the church body in our time of worship but wherever I go. As I follow God’s leading, I am confident that my time at Truett Seminary and the School of Music will help me achieve that goal.
Matthew L. Davis is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from City University of New York-Brooklyn College in May 2015 with a B.A. in Childhood Education and B.A. in Music. Matthew is a 2nd year student at Truett Seminary currently in the process of becoming a Master of Divisity/Master of Music dual degree candidate. He currently serves as the Minister of Music at the Greater Bosqueville Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Ron English.