D.W.S., The Institute for Worship Studies, Orange Park, FL
M.C.M., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
B.A., Music, California Baptist University, Riverside, CA
Since 2006 Merril Smoak has served on the faculty of the Jubilee College of Music. His main teaching responsibilities include Worship Studies, Congregational Song, and Vocal Ensemble. In the JCM Master of Arts degree program he is the primary mentor in the Worship Leadership project curriculum.
Dr. Smoak’s articles on music and worship have been published in THE HYMN, The Journal of the Hymn Society of America, LifeWay’s LET’S WORSHIP, and the journal REFORMED WORSHIP. His most recent article on using the Psalms in worship “Ancient Words for Today’s Worshiper” was published in LET’S WORSHIP, Summer 2014. His research interests include the collecting of hymnbooks, psalters, and tunebooks; writing articles about worship and congregational singing; and the historical roots of contemporary praise and worship music. His hymnbook collection includes over 1,000 volumes.
Since 1978 Merril Smoak has served on the pastoral staff of Trinity Church, Livermore, CA as Associate Pastor of Music & Worship. Each Sunday he leads the music for three worship services. He is founder and director of Trinity’s Christ Centered Art ministry.
M.M., Belmont University, Nashville, TN
B.M., Millikin University, Decatur, IL
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
M.A., University of California, San Diego
B.M., The College of Wooster
M.Div., Olivet University
B.A., Jubilee College of Music, Olivet University
G.D., New England Conservatory of Music
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
B.M., Ewha Women’s University