Hearn Innovator Falls Series to Welcome Music and Worship Minister

Dennis Worley
Dennis Worley photo courtesy of Brentwood Baptist Church.
Sept. 17, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 17, 2014) – Baylor alumnus Dennis Worley, music and worship minister at Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee, returns to Baylor University’s campus as this year’s Hearn Innovator.

The Hearn Innovators in Christian Music series purpose is to gather creative thinkers and trailblazers in the field of Christian music and bring them to Baylor’s campus. Innovators can be involved in the practice, creation or study of church music. While on campus, they make themselves available to the students, faculty and the public through public presentations, class settings, small groups and even one-on-one meetings. Past guests have included Christian musician, David Crowder.

Worley was selected for his role as an experienced worship leader in one of the nation’s largest church congregations.

“His innovative leadership and strong pastoral care has distinguished him as a leader of leaders,” said Randall Bradley, Ph.D., professor of Church Music and director of Church Music Program and The Center for Christian Music Studies in Baylor University’s School of Music.

The only public venue in which Dennis will speak in Recital Hall II (inside Waco Hall, 624 Speight) at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22. He will spend the rest of his time engaging with students through meals, coffee and ministry coaching sessions.

“These small group and one-one-one sessions give students an opportunity to hear a seasoned minister respond to their life and ministry situations and to offer them encouragement and advice,” Bradley said.

Worley graduated from Baylor University in 1976 with a degree in Music Education before moving to Nashville, TN to pursue a career in the Christian music industry. In 1993, he joined Brentwood Baptist Church as Music and Worship Minister.

For more information, call or email Randall Bradley

(254) 710-2360


by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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