Worship Ministries Faculty


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Dr. Jim Altizer, Guest Lecturer
Bachelor of Music, University of the Pacific
M.A. in Teaching/Music Education, University of the Pacific
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Dr. Jim Altizer has served for more than twenty years in three churches as a minister of music and director of worship. Concurrently, he has been a professional trumpet player for more than 35 years, performing in both the Baroque and commercial arenas. He has produced eight CDs and has authored a worship curriculum entitled “Roadmaps for Worship,” a DVD curriculum entitled “Exploring Worship,” and many other resources. He leads and teaches at conferences both nationally and internationally, and is currently releasing a worship-leading textbook entitled, “The Making of a Worship Leader.”
Visit Dr. Altizer’s website at http://roadmapsforworship.com/

Dr. Chris Brewer
B.A., Biblical and Theological Studies & Youth Ministries, Gordon College
M.Th., Theological Studies, The Kaleo Institute
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Dr. Chris Brewer knew that the Lord had called him into full time ministry on his first day of sixth grade youth camp. The calling would lead him to study at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts where he would earn a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministry. Soon after graduation he married and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida to serve as the youth minister at Northeast Presbyterian Church. Wanting to be closer to his parents he eventually moved his family to Jacksonville and took a job as the youth pastor at Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach. Simultaneously, Chris released his first studio album, Why Calvary? and began a traveling ministry as a camp and conference worship leader and speaker. He was the guest speaker and musician for numerous Methodist, Presbyterian and Lutheran youth camps all over the country. In 2001, Chris helped his father found Brewer Christian College and continued his own studies, graduating from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in 2008. His doctoral thesis, which examined the concept of online chapel, was completed under the supervision of his mentor and good friend Dr. Andrew Hill, noted Old Testament scholar from Wheaton College. Since earning his doctorate, Chris served as the Director of Distance Learning at The Robert E. Webber Insitute for Worship Studies, has led worship and served as a workshop speaker for the annual conferences of The Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), speaking on online chapel and distance learning technology.

Dr. Jarrod Brown
B.S., George Mason University, Biology and Spanish Language
Doctor of Dental Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Jarrod Brown, DDS, DWS is a graduate of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, with a BS in Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery, and The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida, with a Doctorate of Worship Studies. While in full-time practice as a general dentist, Dr. Brown also serves as a hospital chaplain in his hometown of Danville, VA. He and his wife, Lisa, are very involved in Trinity United Methodist Church, Danville, where both participate in the music ministry and worship planning committees. Dr. Brown’s favorite areas of worship studies are liturgical design, Baptismal renewal, and creative altar/sanctuary design. He is also the proud father of two sons, Trevor and Nathan.

Dr. Timothy Borchert
B.A., Georgetown College
M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Dr. Tim Borchert, currently serves as the senior pastor the First Baptist Church of Oak Ridge, TN. Dr. Borchert earned his M.Div from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition, Dr. Borchert recently received a doctorate from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. A graduate of Georgetown College, KY, Dr. Tim served as the director of the Carroll Youth Center in Wisconsin, where he developed and led QUEST, a summer youth conference for the American Baptist Churches USA. He also served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Tipp City, Ohio, and as Minister of Adult and Family Life at First Baptist Church of Columbus, Indiana. Dr. Tim also teaches in the worship studies program at Carson Newman College.

George Gadson, Visual Art
Bachelor of Art, Duke University
Master of Christian Education, The Kaleo Institute
Visit Prof. Gadson’s website at http://www.georgegadson.com/

Dr. Larry Ellis
Master of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Dr. Ellis has served as a bible teacher and Minister of Worship and Music in Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches in Denver, Colorado for approximately 30 years. He holds a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, doing his research in Christian spiritual formation in the ancient church. He has also done graduate studies in organ improvisation and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ. Dr. Ellis was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1987 and also has composed over 90 sacred musical works. He is the President/CEO of Adoration Publishing Company.

Simon Miner
B.A., Gordon College
Master of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Marvin Sims
Professional recording artist who has worked with CECE Winans, Nicole C. Mullen, Garth Brooks, DC Talk, and many, many more.

Dr. Kellie Tropeano
B.S., Gordon College, Music Education
M.Ed, Lesley University
Doctor of Worship Studies, The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Michael Wong
B.A., Worship Ministries, The Kaleo Institute
M.W.S., The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Mr. Michael Wong is a native of Hong Kong and has a great passion for music. Shortly after he became a Born-Again Christian, he moved to Canada and began to receive his vocal training at the Royal Conservatory of Music. For many years he studied with Ms. Elizabeth Pom’es, Lecturer of the Glen Gould Professional School and was coached by Dr. Marat Maxutov. Prof. Wong has achieved many distinctions in his solo vocal productions. He has won numerous awards and scholarships from the Open Class Vocal Competition in the Peel Music Festival as well as in the GTA Kiwanis Music Festival. In recent years, he was invited as the guest choir director for the Mississauga Chinese Arts Organization (MCAO). Under his direction, MCAO choir delivered their annual presentation at the Mississauga Living Arts Center. In his gratification of God’s gifts, Michael devotes himself to worship ministry. He frequently participates in different music-related church events, such as vocal production workshops, master classes, being a soloist, and much more.

Mr. Michael Wong is more than a just musician and professor!  He is also a professional optometrist and optician, as well as the adoring husband of Maggie Lai and loving father to son Jonathon and daughter Joanne.

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