MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile has named a pioneer in worship leadership with expertise in technology and training in the church, Dr. Steve Bowersox, to lead the worship program for the Alabama School of the Arts.
“I am so excited to engage with University of Mobile in raising up the next generation of worship leaders. Together with all the great resources and talent that the Lord has assembled there, and the years He has allowed me as a professional musician, businessman and pastor, I believe we have an incredible opportunity to impact this culture for generations,” Bowersox said.
Bowersox joins the UM faculty on Aug. 1 as chair of the Department of Worship, which houses the professional Fisher-Brewer Recording Studio and the university’s record label, 8Eighty Records. The worship program offers classes and hands-on experience for students pursuing the Bachelor of Music in worship leadership and the Bachelor of Science in worship technologies, with courses in worship and worship technologies for students pursuing a variety of degrees.
“We are incredibly excited to have Dr. Bowersox joining our growing cadre of world-class faculty. His expertise and talent in leading worship are well known nationwide, and are matched only by his heart for students desiring to serve the Church through worship and music,” said Dr. Chris McCaghren, vice president for academic affairs.
Bowersox has extensive experience as a pastor and worship leader, professor, professional musician, and business leader. Since 2013, he has served as executive pastor of worship at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL, one of the largest churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. He was producer of the Jacksonville Passion Play for four years, and produced five Christmas Spectaculars.
With Prism Music, he co-produced with Bradley Knight the albums “Still the King” and “Let the Rocks Keep Silent!”
He is the founding executive director of Integrity Music’s Worship International and Seminars for Worship, and was the worship leader at Christ the Redeemer Church in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, for over 16 years.
He holds degrees in music, education, business and ministry; has experience as a producer, arranger, worship leader, studio and touring musician; and has developed training materials used nationwide. Bowersox is proficient in vocals, choral, wind instruments, guitar, bass, electronic keyboards and MIDI, and has performed at national venues including the National Day of Prayer and with prominent musicians such as Paul Baloche, Sandi Patty, Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell, among many others.
He taught as an adjunct professor at UM for nine years and led seminars for New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Liberty University, Lee University, the Florida Baptist Convention and the Georgia Baptist Convention.
Bowersox has been an instructor and musician with the Seminars 4 Worship conferences, Integrity’s Institution of Worship Studies, Maranatha! Worship Leaders workshops and Lillenas Music conferences.
He earned three bachelor’s degrees in four years from Heidelberg University: the Bachelor of Music in music education, Bachelor of Arts in music performance, and Bachelor of Business Administration. He holds a Master of Music Education with emphasis in choral and conducting from University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Christian Philosophy from Logos College.
About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.