Connect with Dr. Ran Whitley

Whitley Ran Inside ChapelDr. Whitley came to the Campbell University Divinity School in 1998 having previously taught music ministry and worship at a Southern Baptist Seminary. He moved to the College of Arts and Sciences of Campbell University in 2001 with a primary focus on music education, but has continued to teach music ministry and worship classes in the Divinity School as an Adjunct Professor.

Topics: Contemporary Models for Worship Planning/The Emerging Church/Developing a Philosophy of Worship/Creative Use of Hymns in Worship

Available for: Worship Seminars, Leadership Training in Music Ministry, Summer Choir Camps

Travels from: Buies Creek, NC // Flies from: RDU


Ran Whitley is the Chair for the Division of Fine Arts and Professor of Music at Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC where he also holds the Alma Dark Howard Endowed Chair of Church Music. He earned the DMin and MDiv degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as the PhD in music education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Further, he has completed Orff Levels I-III and the Orff Master Studies Program at the University of Memphis. Dr. Whitley has more than thirty years of experience in music education, church music ministry and higher Christian education. His course offerings at Campbell University focus primarily on music education, worship and music ministry.

Dr. Whitley has published numerous Orff Orchestrations and music education books with Macie Publishing Company, and frequently conducts clinics and workshops in music education around the country. He recently served on the Hymn Selection Committee for the new Baptist Hymnal (Lifeway Worship, 2008), and is an orchestrator for the new Celebrating Grace Hymnal (Mercer Press, 2010). Further, he performs extensively in North Carolina as a jazz musician. Dr. Whitley is also an ordained Southern Baptist Minister and serves Coats Baptist Church, Coats, NC as Minister of Music. He is married to Donna and they have five children.


Pulpit Supply / Interim Pastorates:

Dr. Whitley actively serves a church on a permanent basis and is not available for interim ministry. He is, however, available for short term worship seminars and music clinics.

Lecture Series:

Contemporary Models for Worship Planning
The contemporary worship style often appears to be chaotic and unpremeditated. Several useful models, however, are available for the contemporary worship planner to lend intentionality, focus and integrity to contemporary style.

The Emerging Church
The emerging church is a product of sociological influences on a young generation of worshippers. Traits of this trend in worship need to be examined and evaluated both for their positive and negative qualities in relation to historical Christianity.

Developing a Philosophy of Worship
Biblical models of worship exist to inform modern Christian worship. A systematic overview of biblical and historical worship models can help to modern worship planner to develop a practical philosophy of worship planning.

Creative Use of Hymns in Worship
The most engaging aspect of worship is most often congregation singing. Yet this aspect seems to command the least attention in worship planning and preparation. Hymns can be presenting and sung in ways that are more challenging and communicative of theological truth.


“Dr. Whitley’s scholarship, professional qualifications, academic qualifications, methods, relational abilities, character, churchmanship and musical gifts …make him highly qualified for higher Christian education.”

Dr. John Davis
Chair of Fine Arts
Truett-McConnell College

“Dr. Whitley’s teaching contributions are highly impressive. His instructional prowess and extensive professional knowledge is evidenced by his effective, enthusiastic teaching of course in multiple curriculum areas. He teaches, music majors, non-majors, graduate and undergraduate students, and thereby provides an instructional reach that extends beyond discipline and educational level.”

Dr. Maribeth Yoder-White
Formerly Professor of Music Education
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


To inquire Dr. Whitley’s availability, please send an email to: Please indicate the type of event you have in mind along with information about the proposed date, suggested topic, and the intended audience.