Festival Blog

2018 Festival of Homiletics - Washington, DC

"Preaching and Politics"

 

Speakers

Liturgist Profile: Dr. Tony McNeil

Director of Worship and The Arts at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church

Leading Worship: Tuesday, May 17 at 8:45am with Walter Breuggeman; and Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00pm with Pastor, Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock; Thursday at 1:30pm with Bishop Yvette Flunder

Dr. Tony McNeill has been serving as the Director of Worship and The Arts at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church (America's "Freedom Church") for three years. Prior to coming to Atlanta, Dr. McNeill was a Visiting Lecturer in Choral Music at his alma mater, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC) from 2010-2012. Dr. McNeill, affectionately known at "Dr. T.," is sought after as a workshop clinician, lecturer, consultant, mentor and guest choral conductor throughout the country. Dr. McNeill is a former member and assistant director for Donald Lawrence and The Tri-City Singers. He has prepared choirs for: Richard Smallwood, CeCe Winans, Maurette Brown Clark, Daryl Coley, and Donald Lawrence and the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He has extensive experience and passion for music ministry organization and administration; worship education; worship leader/clergy professional development; and mentoring. His current research interests include finding connections between corporate worship, ethics and the pursuit of justice. Dr. McNeill earned the bachelor of music education degree from Appalachian State University; a masters degree in choral conducting from The Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL); and a doctorate of worship studies from the Robert Webber Institute for Worship Studies (Orange Park, FL). In addition to his work at Historic Ebenezer, Dr. McNeill is a member of the staff of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, based in Atlanta, where he serves as Program Director of The African American Institute of Worship, Preaching and Sacred Arts. He has lectured at The Hampton Ministers Conference, The American Baptist College (Nashville, TN), and served as Artist-in-Residence for the past two years at Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, NJ) for its Black Theology and Leadership Institute. Dr. McNeill is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity (music fraternity) and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. Born and raised in Erwin, NC, he is the youngest of five children born to The Late Charles Winston McNeill, Sr. and Bessie Campbell McNeill.

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