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Chaplain of Worship Music

Hope College invites immediate applications for this full time, exempt position with a start date in January 2014. Hope College is a Christian, co-educational, undergraduate, residential, multicultural, liberal arts college of 3,200 students, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, located in Holland, MI.

Job Description:

The Chaplain of Worship Music will be responsible for giving musical leadership to the worship life of Hope College including, but not limited to, three weekly chapel services and a Sunday night service called The Gathering. This position is designed to pastor a volunteer team(s) of artistic students who are singers and musicians. This position requires proven experience and skills in leading and mentoring others in contemporary & multi-cultural music expressions. They must also have an appreciation and proven ability to lead others in the breadth and richness of music movements within the Christian church. In addition, the Chaplain of Worship Music will oversee a sound studio for recording, a technical director, and may teach an accredited class in either music or theology of worship. They must work in a spirit of collaboration with a Gospel Choir, wider campus community, and be a resource for the wider church. Average weekly ministry responsibilities include:

  • Work with Dean of the Chapel to shape and provide leadership to the worship life of Chapel, The Gathering, and College services.
  • Recruit, train, disciple, and lead the Student Worship Team.
  • Coordinate and schedule the music for all Chapel and Gathering services (Technical, Gospel Choir, & others).
  • Collaborative engagement with the Department of Music and Center for Ministry Studies.
  • Campus presence at campus locations and events that engage students, especially in the arts.
  • Develop local church relationships through resourcing and internships.
  • Serve on College committees and at College events appointed by Dean of the Chapel.
  • Oversee Sound Studio in Dimnent Chapel in collaboration with Music Department.


The ideal candidate will be a theologically thoughtful musician with proven leadership skills who loves college students, and who has a mature understanding of how the Christian faith nurtures a college community through the acts of Christian worship. Relational gifts and energy are essential. Proven experience in leading contemporary worship teams is necessary. A Master’s degree in music and/or an M.Div is preferred.

Application Process:

Candidates should submit the following materials to:
Subject: Worship

  • Resume
  • Cover letter expressing why you are interested in this position
  • Three references and contact information for:
    • someone who has discipled/mentored you
    • someone you have mentored/discipled
    • someone who you currently work with or report to

Applications must be received by Thursday, August 1 st at 4:00 p.m.

Hope College is a selective residential liberal arts college affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Located in Holland, Michigan, the 3,200+ student campus is a ten-minute drive to Lake Michigan; a thirty-minute drive to Michigan’s second largest city, Grand Rapids; and a two-hour drive to Chicago. Holland is a city of 35,000 enriched by a significant Hispanic population and growing Asian-Pacific Islander and African American populations.

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for nondiscrimination in employment.