John Thompson, a 25-year music industry veteran as well as a writer, producer and teacher, has been selected to serve as the associate dean of Trevecca’s new School of Music and Worship Arts.
Trevecca’s School of Music and Worship Arts brings the University’s music department, Center for Worship Arts and National Praise and Worship Institute under one umbrella. Approved by Trevecca’s Board of Trustees in November, the new school officially starts January 1.
Thompson, who most recently served as the creative director at Capitol CMG Publishing, began his work at Trevecca in mid-November. He has many ties to the Christian music industry and previously worked as an independent artist and songwriter, pastor and worship leader. Thompson believes the skills he’s learned along the way will help him in his new position at Trevecca.
“The beauty of a long time spent in the trenches is that I've had time to develop both tactical and spiritual skills, and I bring it all to the table in my role here at Trevecca,” Thompson said.
Dr. David Diehl, dean of the school, agreed, citing Thompson’s unique background and experiences.
“John brings a wealth of experience from the music industry to this position,” he said. “What is exciting to me though, is that John also has a heart for people and understands the church in a way that I think will help us create not only a successful program, but also one that truly expresses who Trevecca is as a Christian community.”
As the associate dean of the School of Music and Worship Arts, Thompson will serve as the primary contact between the school and the music industry, in Nashville and beyond. Thompson will also create a series of on-campus events designed to bring industry professionals to campus, as well as help to shape the culture and marketing message of the new school.
“My goal is to make sure that the wider world knows that any conversation about the future of music and worship—in all of its forms—must include a look at what's happening on this campus,” Thompson said. “As people of God we are called to excellence and servanthood, whether we are involved in music that is specifically designed for the Christian community or are attempting to impact the culture at large.”
Thompson is honored about the appointment and excited for the future.
“It seems the perfect way to leverage my unique combination of experience and passion in a way that can bear real fruit in the next generation,” Thompson said. “Though I did not see this coming, and did little to pursue it myself, I can see God's hand all over it, and I am so grateful.”
Thompson lives in East Nashville with his wife, Michelle, and four children. He recently published Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate: Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass Market World, a book that explores artisan principles and what it might look like to apply them to art, relationships and faith.