Faculty & Staff

Vernon Whaley

  • Associate Vice President Of Program Development: Music And Worship
  • School of Music and Worship Arts

Contact Info

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  • 615-248-1771

Vernon M. Whaley is associate provost and dean for the School of Music and Worship Arts. Holding degrees from the University of Oklahoma (Ph.D.), Liberty University (D.W.S.), and Luther Rice Seminary (D.Min.), Vernon was twice appointed chair of the Department of Music at Welch College (formerly Free Will Baptist Bible College) and served at Liberty University from 2005-2020 as chair of the Department of Worship, Director of the Center for Worship and founding dean of the School of Music.

Vernon’s role at Trevecca encompasses the supervision of the School of Music and Worship Arts mission, faculty, curriculum and community engagement. Under his leadership, new practical undergraduate and graduate worship and music industry degrees have been launched.

Vernon has written numerous books on worship studies and is much in demand as a conference speaker, teacher and worship ministry consultant. He has served as worship pastor at churches in Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio.

He has been married to Beth Smith Whaley for better than five decades, has two grown children, six grandchildren and resides in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.