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UVF Worship Leading Program Recognized in National Magazine

by Office of Marketing | Dec 09, 2014
Editors Pick Award - Worship Leader Magazine Best of 2014
Worship Leader magazine selected the Worship Leading undergraduate program and Worship Studies graduate program of the University of Valley Forge (UVF) as part of its Best of the Best 2014 issue. The Best of the Best issue is an annual selection by the editorial team of the top resources and products that influenced services of worship in the past calendar year. UVF was highlighted as one of the top worship leader training academic programs around the country.  
Worship Leader magazine is a resource for the Christian community; its goal since 1992 has been to “provide biblical wisdom and best practices” to Christian leaders. According to the magazine’s website, more than 20,000 church leaders depend on Worship Leader for information and details on new song and album releases, worship leader training, conferences and more. In regard to the resources highlighted in the magazine, Managing Editor Jeremy Armstrong said, “The products we present in the Best of the Best are not the end result, but they represent an important aspect of communicating in a modern world.” 
Worship Leading majors
This year’s issue highlighted the top leadership training nationwide, worship songs, visual resources, musical instruments and missional resources. Worship Leader said UVF’s undergraduate Worship Leading program combines traditional, theological and practical training: “A dynamic spiritual environment with multiple opportunities to develop your leadership skills provides the ultimate higher education experience for aspiring worship leaders.” It also stated that the Worship Studies graduate program establishes a solid foundation for students and the “skills needed for a lifetime of leadership.”   
Department of Music chair and professor, William DeSanto, Ph.D., said, “We are honored that both our worship leading programs have received this national recognition ... It is a tribute to all our team members who have diligently worked over the years to create these relevant and much-needed programs.” 
Both UVF programs are designed to offer students a valuable range of knowledge and experience within worship leading. “One of our goals was to create a program that would prepare students to become worship leaders in a variety of environments,” Dr. DeSanto said. “Additionally, we wanted a curriculum with academic integrity.” The Worship Leading undergraduate program is one of the eight programs offered in the Department of Music. The program prepares students to become contemporary worship leaders. Students become proficient in voice, musical instruments, songwriting and the use of current technology for worship. This program also provides students with a solid biblical and theological foundation. The Worship Studies master’s program is designed for worship leaders, pastors, missionaries and laypersons interested in graduate-level worship studies. This graduate program is the first of its kind offered by an Assemblies of God college or university. The courses offer historical and theological concepts as well as practical, applicable knowledge and experience.
The University of Valley Forge is grateful for this recognition. For more information on our academic programs, please visit For more information about Worship Leader magazine, please visit