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Zachary Sprowls: A Heart for Music
Zachary Sprowls has a passion for church music and is excited about where God will take him in ministry leadership.
A resident of nearby Factoryville, PA, Zach is in BBC's five-year Church Music program. He attends and is currently serving at Heritage Baptist Church in Clarks Summit as an interim worship leader and youth worker.
Zach is engaged to Beth Cross and they are planning a June 2010 wedding. The couple plans to move to Maryland to continue working with and learning from Sovereign Grace Ministries, where he completed an internship earlier this year.
Learn more about BBC Music Department programs here.
Read more In the Spotlights here.
What led you to BBC?
Teen Leadership Conference was probably the biggest factor. I loved TLC and grew a ton from it. My youth group went every year. When I decided I was going to study to be a pastor and a worship leader, BBC seemed to be the only college within our theological circles that offered something for that career. Plus, the fact I loved the school already made the decision easy.
Why did you choose the Church Music major?
I believed (and still believe) God was calling me to be a pastor and a worship leader. I knew an education in both Bible and music was necessary and was going to be hard work. I knew if I was going to be serving God, I would need to take my education seriously. So I chose the five-year Church Music major because it provided classes, opportunities, and degrees in both areas.
Who or what influenced the most here at BBC?
That is a hard question simply because so many people did. My dorm dad, Ted Boykin, would probably be the first because he took an interest in me and began, over a two year period, to disciple me personally. It was because of his mentorship that I realized what the gospel has to do with a person who already believes it and I began to overcome sin in my life that I had struggled with for a long time. Secondly, the Music Department faculty as a whole also had a huge influence on my life. They taught me how to think, how to relate theology to music, and how to think biblically about church ministry. I owe them a huge debt.
What are you looking forward to in future Christian leadership?
I am looking forward to being a part of a work God is already doing and wants me to be a part of. I am looking forward to having opportunities to teach people about Jesus and show them how awesome the gospel is. Of course, I am also looking forward to playing music for the rest of my life!
How has your experience at BBC helped you reach your goals?
As I mentioned before, it was the Music Department faculty that really shaped my thinking in this area. You would think being music faculty they would not teach a lot in this area, but the reality is that they taught me more about theology and Bible than anyone else. They helped me understand what a biblical church ministry - specifically church music ministry - looks like. It's because of them that I know exactly what I want to do, how to do it, and where to do it. And as I began coming to convictions about those things, they helped me find opportunities to hone my musical and leadership skills and understand the connections between what I believed and how it was worked out practically.
How has the faculty here had an impact on you?
Being a small school, every student is able to have one-on-one relationships with their professors. Having these relationships takes the education to a new level. I can remember having meetings with men like President Jim Jeffery and Vice President & Provost Dr. Jim Lytle, who helped me understand the importance of Scripture saturating and grounding everything we think and do. Dr. Tom Cragoe, who took tons of time out of his schedule to have a couple classes with me one-on-one so I could learn in a way that best suited me and so I could ask some tough questions I had. Again, I spent many hours in the offices of my music professors talking about anything from what we did last weekend to getting help on homework assignments to serious conversations about church ministry.
What are your long-term goals?
My long term goal is to be a pastor and a worship leader. My heart is in church ministry. Of course, being a musician, I have dreams of making CDs and going on tours with a band and meeting lots of famous people, but we will see what God has in store.
What do you appreciate most about BBC?
I appreciate the people who make time for students despite their busy schedules.
What would you say to future students about your program?
I will be honest, the music program at BBC is hard work. But if you are serious about serving God in a musical ministry of some kind, then BBC's music program is for you. The music faculty members are first rate musicians with some of the best musical education in the nation. And they are some of the godliest and most knowledgeable Christians I know. They will teach you what being a Christian has to do with being a musician, and they will teach you what the Bible and theology has to do music; and they will teach how to think biblically about music and church ministry. It is hard work, but it is totally worth it!
What are your summer plans?
I am getting married this summer to the most beautiful and wonderful girl in the world!
What are your plans for next year?
I did an internship with Bob Kauflin and Sovereign Grace Ministries earlier this year and am hoping to move back down to Maryland so my future wife and I can continue learning from those folks down there before I go into full-time ministry.
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Posted on: 4/15/2010 9:11:00 AM
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