[DUE WEST, SC, December 8, 2020—] Seminaries once prepared pastors and other church leaders in sacred music: a special genre of music that exists for the glory of God. Now, Erskine Theological Seminary is going “back to the future” to emphasize the rightful place of sacred music in the worship and liturgy of the Church. Erskine is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Stultz as Erskine Theological Seminary’s Research Professor of Sacred Music.
Professor Stultz will design and teach courses that will equip Christian shepherds in the historic place of sacred music within their services of divine worship. In addition, Professor Stultz will be helping pastors and directors of music work together for the spiritual nourishment of the congregation.
The Provost of Erskine Theological Seminary, Dr. Michael A. Milton, commented, “The appointment of Professor Kelly Stultz as Erskine Theological Seminary’s Research Professor of Sacred Music is a milestone—not only in Erskine Seminary’s history—but in evangelical, Reformed, and Presbyterian theological education. For too long, those seeking excellence in sacred music higher education had to attend seminaries or graduate music programs outside of the conservative churches. Moreover, contemporary styles, based more on theater, and popular media influences, have predominated. Now, our students—from masters to doctoral—will be trained in the essentials of sacred music—hymnody, a theology of music, music in liturgy, and the relation of pastor and director of music. Professor Stultz is one of the nation’s finest directors of music, and is an equally distinguished educator. I am so thankful to God that she accepted the call. The Church in North America—and through ERSKINE ONLINE—will be strengthened by her remarkable presence and influence.”
Professor Stultz is a graduate of Bob Jones University and Bryan College and has served in several senior level music directorships, along with private tutoring. An alumnus of Music Explosion at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Professor Stultz has served as the Director of Music for nearly two decades, including at the historic First Presbyterian Church in Chattanooga, Tn. The daughter of music professors, Drs. David and Sigrid Luther, Professor Kelly has performed at numerous concerts, including appearances at the White House for the President of the United States. She and husband, Andy, also a teacher, make their home in the Chattanooga area.