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Nancy Hall

Associate Professor Emeritus
Director of Contextual Education

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

My teaching has always been informed by many streams of experience; primary among these is a lifetime of worship and service within small churches. I've cherished the opportunity to be a professor, a pastor, and a church musician because these three roles inform and enhance each other so richly. Although I'm now an emeritus member of the ABSW faculty, I hope to continue teaching courses on congregational music for the foreseeable future, in partnership with the GTU's Center for the Arts and Religion.

First Baptist Church of Berkeley, where I’ve served (and continue to serve) as pastor and musician since 2009, is my “living lab.” ABSW, where I was a faculty member from 1989 to 2019, is where I've engaged 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 ( 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 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
  • "Singing our way to justice: A conversation with Dan Damon—hymn writer, composer, and pastor." Review & Expositor: An International Baptist Journal, Volume 114 Issue 3, August 2017.
  • 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
  • Singing Through the Church Year (will be taught Spring 2020)
  • A Cry for Justice in Hymnody (Spring 2019)
  • How Hymns Shape Worship and Faith
  • Planning Congregational Music
  • ABSW Middler Colloquium