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Scholar Of African-American Culture & Worship Joins Gordon-Conwell Faculty

March 1, 2016

HAMILTON, Mass. (MAR 1, 2016) — Nationally-recognized expert on African American culture and worship, Dr. EMMETT G. PRICE III, will join the distinguished faculty at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, it was announced today, March 1, in South Hamilton, Mass. 

As Professor of Worship, Church & Culture at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Price will bring valued expertise in Worship, Ethnomusicology, African American Culture and the Black Church. Through Gordon-Conwell course offerings such as The History and Theology of Worship, his significant experience as a leading scholar, author, educator and musician will influence numerous graduates as future global ministry leaders.

“We are truly blessed to have Dr. Price join our faculty. He is not only an accomplished scholar, but also a committed minister and astute cultural observer,” said DR. DENNIS P. HOLLINGER, Gordon-Conwell President & Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics. “His influential contributions, which include sought-after wisdom into African-American culture and worship align with Gordon-Conwell’s continued commitment to advance Christ’s Kingdom by equipping church leaders to think theologically, engage globally and live biblically.”  

Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2014, he received a M.A. in urban ministry from Gordon-Conwell. Most recently a tenured associate professor of music at Northeastern University, Dr. Price has also served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008-2012, as visiting professor of Africana Studies at Berklee College of Music and as a visiting guest professor at Andover Newton Theological School. Named a Boston Business Journal Emerging Leader in 2011, he was selected in 2013 as one of the 40 influential business and civic leaders in Boston under the age of 40. Since 2011 he has served on the music staff of the Hampton Ministers’ Conference and has presented at the highly-regarded Calvin Institute for Christian Worship International Symposium.

“What a blessing to have my love of worship, passion for the church and deep engagement with the study of culture align with this opportunity to teach, mentor and minister,” said DR. PRICE. “I am excited to join the amazing faculty of one of the greatest theological seminaries under heaven."

Dr. Price has authored numerous books and articles including The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture, “Singing the Sermon: Where Musicology Meets Homiletics” and “What’s New? The Effect of Hip-Hop Culture on Everyday English,” which was published by the U.S. Department of State in its prestigious electronic journal, eJournalUSA, and has since been translated into five languages. He is an ordained minister and founding pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship in Allston, Mass. He is also a recognized expert on the music of the Black Church and the President and Founder of the Black Church Music Ministry Project, an organization launched in 2006 to serve, nurture and develop spiritual leaders in music ministry. Dr. Price is a contributor to both WGBH radio and television programming.