Theologian and Worship Pastor Matthew Westerholm Joins Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Faculty

Theologian and worship pastor Matthew Westerholm is joining Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as associate professor of church music and worship in the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry.

Westerholm also will serve as executive director of Southern’s Institute for Biblical Worship and provide vision for the seminary’s musical groups.

“The addition of Matthew Westerholm to our faculty is remarkable good news — that a man of his ability, passion and experience will be in the classroom shaping the next generation of godly worship leaders for our churches,” SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said today (June 19). “He is both a theologian and a musician and his vast experience will be invaluable to our students. I love his heart for worship that exults in the supremacy of God and his theology of music in service to the church.”

Westerholm has been the pastor for music and worship at the downtown campus of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis the last five years, previously serving as worship pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Ill., for a decade.

He also has been assistant professor of music and worship at Bethlehem College and Seminary, having previously directed the worship arts program at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Mich., and served as dean of chapel. In a similar role at Southern, he will plan and organize music for the seminary’s chapel services.

Westerholm holds a Ph.D. in Christian worship from Southern Seminary, a master of arts in systematic theology from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree in church music from Trinity International University.

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Source: Baptist Press