Academic journal article The Hymn

Deborah Carlton Loftis Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society

Academic journal article The Hymn

Deborah Carlton Loftis Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society

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Deborah Carlton Loftis has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Redlands, California, July 17-21, 2016, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred because of Loftis's work as an educator and scholar in the field of congregational song and for her significant contributions to The HSUSC as its Executive Director.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Loftis studied at Furman University (B.A.), The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.C.M.), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (M.L.S.), and in a joint degree program of University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville (Ph.D.). She currently serves as Executive Director of The HSUSC, the first woman to hold this position. Prior to her work at The HSUSC, Loftis was Professor of Church Music at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, in Virginia. In that capacity she designed and established a new program of study to provide theological education and ministerial preparation for music ministry. She also taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as working as a music cataloger and reference librarian. Loftis is an ordained Baptist minister and has worked in music and pastoral ministries in congregations in Kentucky and Alabama.

Loftis's love for hymns began in her childhood, a love which continued into her adult life. …

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