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The Department of the Church's Ministry

The Department of the Church's Ministry engages in practical theology, which consists of critical and constructive theological reflection on the practices of the community of faith. God calls people through the church to engage in a number of diverse practices in the course of Christian ministry. This department organizes these practices into the following areas: Christian Education, Leadership and Administration, Mission and Evangelism, Pastoral Care, and Preaching and Worship. Each of these areas of theological inquiry finds its roots in scripture, its foundational doctrines articulated within the tradition, its practices changing throughout history, and its methods in conversation with the social sciences. Consequently through biblical and historical study, theological analysis, and interdisplinary dialogue, this department assists students to gain the understanding and skills necessary to being faithful participants in the ministry of the church.


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Eric Wall

Assistant Professor of Sacred Music 
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Department(s) Church's Ministry Department, Faculty
Title(s) Assistant Professor of Sacred Music, Dean of the Chapel
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Listen to Professor Wall's sermons here



BM, Organ Performance, Florida State University, 1991, Magna Cum Laude

MM, Choral Conducting, Florida State University, 1993



Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary called Eric Wall as assistant professor of sacred music and dean of the chapel, effective January 1, 2016. Since 1998 he has been director of music at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to this position, he was director of music at the Ashville School (1994-1998). He has served as the Conference Center Musician at Montreat Conference Center  since 2011.

In his role at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, he directed the planning of worship, lead congregational song, played the organ, and directed the choirs as part of the regular worshiping life of the congregation. Wall also shared in the education of a music intern, recently helped lead them through a campaign to remodel the church's gothic sanctuary and to renovate the church's pipe organ, and participated in the commissioning of two new hymns. At Montreat Conference Center, he is responsible for providing musical direction for summer worship, directing a choir of college-age summer staff, offering music for spring and fall adult conferences, participating in planning worship and arts conferences, being available as a resource musician for summer events, and engaging in the life of the conference center as a music and worship consultant.

Wall is a frequent contributor to Call to Worship, the journal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship. He regularly serves the larger church by providing music and planning leadership for a variety of conferences and gatherings and by serving as a music and worship consultant for other Presbyterian churches. He has taught at Columbia Theological Seminary and served as a music and worship consultant in various congregational settings.

He holds memberships in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the American Guild of Organists (Dean of Western North Carolina Chapter, 2009 – 2011).

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