Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry


Wesley Seminary introduces Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry as Affiliate Faculty member


Marion, Ind. (January 5, 2021) – Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University has named Rev. Dr. Constance M. Cherry an Affiliate Faculty member.

 “I am excited about Wesley Seminary’s vision for impacting the worldwide church, especially with their current Global Initiative. I am honored to be invited to participate in the seminary’s ministry and look forward to being part of what God is doing through WS,” said Dr. Cherry.

 Dr. Colleen Derr, President of Wesley Seminary, said, “Wesley Seminary is thrilled to welcome Dr. Constance Cherry as Affiliate Faculty! Dr. Cherry's expertise in the field of worship is beyond compare.  Her book, The Worship Architect, is foundational in worship education. Dr. Cherry is not just a scholar in the field but a passionate worship leader with years of local church ministry experience.  She is a wonderful addition to the Wesley Seminary team.”

 “Dr. Cherry’s passion to help the church gain an appropriate understanding of worship and to engage in true worship is unmatched. Wesley Seminary is blessed to have Dr. Cherry join as affiliate faculty. She brings expertise and experience that will be of great benefit to our students and larger constituency,” said Dr. Abson Joseph, VP of Academic Affairs.

 Wesley Seminary offers Affiliate Faculty status to key persons who will contribute to advancing the Seminary’s mission to prepare Christian leaders for missional ministry locally and globally. Affiliate Faculty may fulfill teaching, research, mentoring, scholarship, and/or other academic and ministerial duties that are crucial to extend the reach of Wesley Seminary.

Dr. Cherry is Professor Emerita at Indiana Wesleyan University, where she was Professor of Worship and Pastoral Ministry from 2004 to 2020. During this time, she developed three distinct Christian worship programs: Worship Arts, Worship Studies, and Worship Ministry. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies where she continues to teach in the Doctor of Worship Studies program.

 Her first book, The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services has been used as a required text at more than 150 institutions of higher education worldwide and is available in five languages.

 Dr. Cherry received her undergraduate degree in music from Huntington University and her Master of Music degree from Bowling Green State University. She completed her doctoral degree in Christian Worship at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary.

 About Wesley Seminary

Wesley Seminary prepares Christian leaders to engage in missional ministry locally and globally. With the highly innovative Wesley Seminary model, students stay engaged in their current ministry setting and apply weekly homework to one’s local ministry.  Masters and Doctoral degrees are offered online and onsite in English and Spanish. Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University belongs to The Wesleyan Church.

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