I am a licensed and ordained minister and have worked in the local church for over three decades as a Music Minister/Worship Pastor in Missouri, Texas, and Mississippi. My wife and I have been married for 32 years and we have two grown children and two grandchildren. My wife grew up in Nigeria–her parents were Southern Baptist missionaries for over 30 years. Before coming to Evangel, I was the Worship Pastor at Second Baptist Church in Springfield, Missouri. I enjoy traveling around the world with my wife, spending time with my kids and grandsons, doing woodworking projects, yard work, remodeling our house, and writing and arranging music.
I love equipping and training pre-service music teachers–giving them opportunities to direct and lead the University Chorus and Men’s Vocal Ensemble. I love watching students grow into Christ-like examples–using their talents, gifts, and skills to teach and touch others in their realm of influence for His glory. I love connecting with students and building personal relationships with them–beyond the walls of the classroom. I love attending chapel services and watching students lead in worship.
I am the director of University Chorus and Men’s Vocal Ensemble, I teach Basic Conducting, Music History Survey I and II, and Music Education Courses. I supervise student teachers in the field, supervise the student chapter of C-NAfME, advise music education students, and I am a member of the Education Department’s Standards & Approval Committee.
Professional Memberships & Noteworthy Community Involvement
Southwest Missouri Music Educators Association (SWMMEA)
Missouri Choral Directors Association (MCDA)
American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)
Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
Prelude Award, Missouri Choral Directors Association, 2001
GRAMMY Signature School, Glendale High School Music, 2001, 2003
Outstanding District Choral Director, Missouri Choral Directors Association, 2004
Teacher of the Year, Springfield R–12 Public Schools, MO, 2005–2006
Candidate for Missouri Teacher of the Year, 2005–2006
Choral Adjudicator, Clinician, and Honor Choir Conductor throughout the Midwest
Performance of Choirs (Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Chamber Choir) at the Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008
Performance of Choir (Chamber Choir) at the National American Choral Directors Association Conference, Los Angeles, 2005
Performance of Choir (Chamber Choir) at the Southwestern American Choral Directors Association Conference, St. Louis, MO, 2006
Performance of Worship Choir and Orchestra at the National Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta, GA, 2009
Performance of Worship Choir and Orchestra at the Missouri Southern Baptist Convention, 2011, 2012
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