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Worship Arts Major

Gain hands-on experience in your musical area of expertise and prepare for a bright career.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Worship Arts

Worship is an expression of our gratitude to God for who He is. It is more than just something we do, but rather it is who we are. Worship Arts is a program designed to gain insight and perspective and develop a clear understanding of the character and skills necessary for effective pastoral leadership.

Upon completing the Bachelor of Worship Arts degree, students will be able to demonstrate expressions of worship through the development of musical, visual, and communicative skills in a biblically grounded and theologically informed manner.

You will gain hands-on experience through participation in music, sound, and video production. What’s more, you will complete a senior ministry internship where you will work closely with leaders in a church along with your advising supervisor. In addition, there are opportunities to serve through mission trips and/or apply for a Contemporary Music Program in Nashville.


Discover courses designed to hone your skills, harness your God-given gifts, and make planning, preparation, and work itself an act of worship.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


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This program is designed for a full-time position in Pastoral Ministry within a church as a Worship Arts Director. There is opportunity to take additional music courses to gain an additional Associates Degree in Music if graduate school is of interest. There is also the option to take additional ministry courses if there is interest in Ordination after graduation.

Worship Pastor

Direct and facilitate contemporary worship including music, art, technology, and more.

Music Minister

Lead corporate worship, direct choirs and ensembles, and plan special music in a church setting.

Worship Arts Director

Create environments designed for spiritual encounter as you lead people into worship and praise.

Sound mixing

Christian Ministry Core

Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.

Rev. Jennifer Ballenger

Assistant Professor of Youth and Family Ministries

Dr. Brenita Nicholas-Edwards

Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement

Professor Timothy Radcliffe

Director of the Library

Dr. Eric Vail

Associate Professor of Theology

Dr. Doug VanNest

Dean of the School of Christian Ministry and Professor of Pastoral Practices

Music Core

Learn from faculty members who are talented musicians and excellent instructors. They reflect a wide range of abilities as accomplished vocalists, pianists, instramentalists, conductors, and clinicians.

Dr. JoAnn Koh-Baker

Professor of Music

Dr. John Packard

Professor of Music and Department Chair

Dr. Robert Tocheff

Professor of Music

Professor Carrie Vail

Assistant Professor of Music

Graphic Design Communication/Media Core

Learn from faculty members who are supportive, encouraging and experts in their fields.

Professor Margaret Allotey-Pappoe

Professor of Graphic Design and Department Chair

Professor Jayme McMillan

Assistant Professor of Communication

Professor Joseph Rinehart

Assistant Professor of Communication, Department Chair, Director of Broadcasting

Hands-on learning across campus

Receive hands-on learning across campus, including ministry classes in the Hyson Campus Center.

Guided by outstanding faculty with a commitment to faith-based liberal arts education, students are able to develop their God-given talents and abilities in music.

We know it is important for creative students to have their own space. You will find spaces that inspire and have all the resources you need on campus.

As a Worship Arts major you will gain hands-on experience with video production, directing and editing in the studio found on the second floor of Founders Hall.

You will complete a senior ministry internship where you will work closely with leaders in a church along with your advising supervisor. In addition, there are opportunities to serve through mission trips and/or apply for a Contemporary Music Program in Nashville.

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