Academic journal article The Hymn

Deborah Carlton Loftis

Academic journal article The Hymn

Deborah Carlton Loftis

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Deborah Carlton Loftis, a native of Richmond, Virginia, was grad- uated from Furman University (BA European history) , The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MCM), The Univer- sity of Alabama (MLS) , and received the PhD in musicology from the University of Kentucky in their joint program with the University of Louisville. Her dissertation was an interdisciplinary study of a group of shape-note singers in Western Kentucky and their annual Big Singing Day. In 1983 she was ordained to the ministry at TwentyThird and Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

After serving two congregations in Kentucky as Minister of Music, she moved in 1988 to Birmingham, Alabama, where she served Riverchase Baptist Church, first as the children's choir director, and then Associate Minister of Music. From 1988 to 1991, Deborah worked in the library at Samford University as a collection-development liaison with the Divinity faculty, and also occasionally taught Hymnology in the school's evening division. From 1991 to 1995 she was music librarian for the Birmingham Public Library system.

In 1999 Deborah moved back to Virginia to join the faculty at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond as Professor of Church Music. There she developed and taught the courses for a music concentration within the Master of Divinity. Starting in the fall, BTSR will extend a warm welcome as host to the offices of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Deborah will continue to teach worship and hymnology classes as a part of the Society's reciprocal agreement with the seminary.

Recently she served on the Format and Organization subcommittee, chaired by Paul A. Richardson, for the forthcoming Mercer University Press hymnal, Celebrating Grace. Paul and Deborah also wrote an essay on the Christian Calendar that will be included in the hymnal. …

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