Mark David Parsons

Assistant Professor of Religion and Music

(909) 447-2527

Dr. Parsons combines musicology, liturgical theology, and religious aesthetics to explore the various dimensions of music as a theologically saturated cultural and religious practice. He especially enjoys the classroom experience where the study of music can draw together cultural experience, the practice of ministry, and theological reflection. His specific interests include methodological issues in music theology, religion and the arts, and religion and popular culture. Dr. Parsons is an experienced church musician, having served as a music director in Disciples of Christ and United Methodist churches for over 10 years. He is also Interim Chair of Disciples Studies.


B.S. - Northwest Christian University
B.S.M. - Northwest Christian University
M.A.R. - American Baptist Seminary of the West
Ph.D. - Graduate Theological Union

Recent Publications / Achievements

"'God Is in the Radio': Music Theology in a Secular Age," in Theological Education in a Secular Age (forthcoming).

"Text, Tone, and Context: A Methodological Prolegomenon for a Theology of Liturgical Song," Worship, Vol. 79, No. 1 (January, 2005). Peer reviewed.

"Sowing Tears, Reaping Joy: The Bible and Brahms' Requiem," Church Educator, Vol. 22, No. 11 (November, 1997).

"Sacred Music That Teaches Christian Vocation," Church Educator, Vol. 22. No. 4 (April, 1997).

"Knowing and Naming God in Contemporary Hymnody," Church Educator, Vol. 22. No. 1 (January, 1997).

"Music as Spiritual Refuge," Church Educator, Vol. 21, No. 4 (April, 1996).

"Resources for the Child’s Voice," Church Educator, Vol. 21, No. 1 (January, 1996).

"Christian Nurture and the Child’s Voice," Church Educator, Vol. 20, No. 10 (October, 1995).