Faculty Directory

Nancy Hall

Associate Professor of Ministry and Congregational Music
Director of Contextual Education

Consortial Faculty
At the GTU since
(510) 841-1905 x232

My teaching is informed by many streams of experience; primary among these is a lifetime of worship and service within small churches. I cherish the opportunity to be a professor, a pastor, and a church musician because these three roles inform and enhance each other so richly. And as a teacher who helps guide our students toward internships in churches and other community settings, the whole array of “ministries,” broadly defined, is ours to explore.

First Baptist Church of Berkeley, where I’ve served as pastor and musician since 2009, is my “living lab.” ABSW, where I’ve been a faculty member since 1989, is my place of engagement with students concerning the unique challenges we face as planners and leaders of “the work of the people,” i.e., worship. For three years I was editor of The Hymn – A Journal of Congregational Song. This work with The Hymn Society (www.thehymnsociety.org) has helped shape my teaching focus on the vast diversity of music — both classic and contemporary — that is the people’s song to God. I deeply believe that the words we sing must be in harmony with our convictions about the Creator, Christ, and the justice demands of the Gospel.

Degrees and Certifications

DMin, San Francisco Theological Seminary
MDiv, American Baptist Seminary of the West
BA, San Diego State University

Research and Teaching Interests
  • Hymnody: historic hymns, contemporary congregational hymns on justice issues, hymns in times of crisis

  • Worship Planning for the Christian Year

  • Worship in Free-Church Traditions

  • Pastoral Ministry in Small Churches

Selected Publications
  • A Manual of Worship -- Newly Revised, Judson Press, 2018.
  • "In Memoriam -- Robert H. Mitchell," The Hymn, Summer 2003.
  • A Manual of Worship, Judson Press, 1993.
Courses Taught
  • A Cry for Justice in Hymnody
  • How Hymns Shape Worship and Faith
  • ABSW Middler Colloquium
  • Planning Congregational Music