My mission is to train church leaders to develop and lead corporate worship services that are biblically based,
Christ-centered, pleasing to God, and engaging for 21st century worshipers.
IN HER OWN WORDS...
“I have a passion to help church leaders design and lead effective corporate worship services. This is best done through creating worship services that “are faithful to scripture, historically conscious, relevant to God, Christ-centered, and engaging for worshipers in the 21st century” (see The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services, p. xiv). Worship leaders function like architects—they design a plan which will help their people experience God in Christ when the community gathers to do what Christians have done for more than two thousand years—worship the triune God.”
ABOUT CONSTANCE…The Worship Architect
Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is an experienced professor, worship leader, musician, and pastor, having served in local church ministry and academic teaching positions for more than forty years (and counting!). While a young woman she received a life-time vocational call to serve Christ through serving his Church. For many years she served as a full-time minister of music in large churches where she directed multiple types of choral groups and instrumental ensembles, prepared worship services, and provided leadership for the many dimensions of the multi-faceted church music program. Her undergraduate degree in music (Huntington University) and her Master of Music degree (Bowling Green State University) prepared her well for the musical expertise required of such positions.
A growing interest in formal worship studies drew her eventually to pursue doctoral studies at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (Chicago area). There she studied with Robert E. Webber who was not only Constance’s professor but also the supervisor for her doctoral thesis, “Discovering Your Vision for Worship: Teaching Worship in an Interdenominational Seminary Setting.” (see www.tren.com). As a result, her vocational call to ministry expanded into academic teaching and pastoral ministry. Constance is ordained in the United Methodist Church.
Today Constance is Professor of Worship at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Indiana where she directs four unique programs in worship (see “Worship Degrees” on this site). Since 2000 she has served on the faculty of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies located in Jacksonville, Florida, traveling twice yearly to teach in the doctoral program of IWS. In addition, she has taught worship as a guest professor at institutions of higher education nationally and internationally.
Constance is frequently called upon to serve as conference speaker on matters related to worship and church music. She is a published composer (Lorenz, Hope Publishing Company, and Celebrations Unlimited) as well as the author of many hymn texts. She currently has hymns in six major hymnals. In addition to her five published books, Constance’s other publications include articles in numerous magazines such as Worship Leader, The Hymn, Reformed Worship, Worship Arts, and Creator. A native of Michigan, Constance enjoys traveling, playing the piano, walking, and hanging out with family and friends.
As you can see, Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is a sought after speaker, teacher, and preacher. She works with each event organizer to tailor her content to suit the needs of the group. You will find her approach to be:
Trans-denominational—she is experienced and comfortable in relating to persons of all Christian denominations and traditions.
Intergenerational—she is able to relate well to children, youth, and adults.
International—she knows how to communicate well to persons in a wide variety of cultures.