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Paul Sunderland



2017 D.W.S. (Doctorate in Worship Studies) | Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies | Jacksonville, FL.
1998 M.A. in Music Education | The University of Akron | Akron, Ohio
1993 B.A. in Jazz Studies | The University of Akron | Akron, Ohio

Prior to coming to Greenville University, Paul was employed as a full-time Worship Leader for 15 years at a United Methodist Church in Northeast Ohio. This experience enables him to offer practical guidance to musicians working in the church.

For 12 of those years, he was an adjunct professor in the Commercial Music Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Paul’s former students include members of the Grammy nominated, 2x Dove Award Winning band, Relient K. Paul was also adjunct faculty at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.

Paul has performed full-time as a professional musician. He has led and coached bands in multiple arenas, written several worship songs and spoken at music industry and denominational seminars on music and worship in the church.

Paul has a contagious passion for worship, both personally and corporately, as well as an earnest desire to see spiritual formation in students who are going to lead future congregations. Paul asserts his calling: “I love working with college students, where over and over again I see a total transformation of their skills, understanding, and approach to leading worship. My calling is to take my knowledge and my experience and to mentor and shape both the theology and the musicianship of future leaders in the church. I am so proud to be a part of Greenville University’s incredible environment that shapes students for service to God’s people.”

Related Experience

Current part-time Worship Arts Director at Greenville Free Methodist Church
Served in full-time worship arts ministry for 15 years before coming to GU
Worked as a full-time professional musician


Ancient-future Faith Network
Global Ethnodoxology Network
Contemporary Music Center (CMC) Advisory Board - Nashville, TN

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