posted on June 04, 2013 16:25
Dr. Larry G. Dickens, who has been Minister of Music at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church since 1999, Fayetteville, NC, and a 1975 Campbell University graduate, is the first person selected to fill the Gay T. and Haskell A. Duncan Chair of Church Music at Campbell University Divinity School.
While at Snyder, Dickens served as an adjunct professor at the Divinity School from 2006 until the present and served as a Church Music Intern Supervisor for the University Music Department from 2003-2006 prior to that. He will begin his fulltime duties on July 1, while assisting Snyder for a few months during the transition. As Associate Professor of Church Music and Worship, Dickens will give leadership to the M.Div. Church Music concentration and teach courses in that concentration as well as guide the planning of weekly chapel services.
“The privilege to serve as an adjunct faculty member has given me new perspective on the state of church music in our region,” states Dickens. Out of this experience came his vision to birth Oasis renew for the journey, a church music conference hosted by Campbell Divinity School each summer. “Listening to and interacting with divinity school students has fueled my passion to train a new generation of worship leaders.”
“We are delighted to have Larry Dickens coming as the first holder of the Duncan Chair of Church Music,” says Dr. Andy Wakefield, Dean of the Divinity School. “Dr. Dickens not only brings a wealth of experience, both in the church and in teaching at Campbell, but also he brings vision and a commitment to music and worship that is defined by depth and substance rather than style. We look forward to all that he will bring to our school,” adds Wakefield. “We are fortunate to have had a generous donor who gave us the funding for the chair and to have someone of Dickens’ experience and abilities to fill it.”
Dickens has served as a staff member in the local church for almost four decades. In addition to serving at Snyder since 1999 where he led in the establishment of the second largest church-sponsored music school in the United States, he served at First Baptist Church, Anderson, SC; The Baptist Church of Beaufort, Beaufort, SC; Alice Drive Baptist Church, Sumter, SC; and Cave Spring Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA. In addition, he served at First Baptist Church, Fayetteville; Yates Baptist Church, Durham; and Second Baptist Church, Fayetteville. The Snyder Music Academy enrolls more than 600 students and uses some 30 faculty members. In all, Snyder’s music program has some 900 participants.
Dickens considers Rocky Mount, NC, his hometown and currently lives in Fayetteville. In addition to his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Campbell, he has degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned a Master of Divinity with Church Music and a Doctor of Ministry. His D. Min. project was “Project in Ministry: Training and Encouraging Bivocational Music Leaders.” He is married to the former Gail Butler, also a graduate of Campbell, and they have one daughter, Faith, a 2013graduate of Campbell Divinity School.