Life Pacific Senior, Marlene Muñoz, is one example of how God is using Worship Arts and Media students to share His love with others.
Worship Arts and Media (WAM) major Marlene Muñoz says God has presented her with new opportunities while at Life Pacific where she can serve Him in the Church, the workplace, and the world.
One of those opportunities in public venues will be as a background singer for Radio Recuerdos “Noche De Recuerdos” in Long Beach, San Jose, and at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. She will back up featured performers including Latin legends Leo Dan, Nestor Daniel y Los Terricolas, and King Clave.
A senior at Life Pacific, Marlene was recently hired as the worship pastor at New Heart Foursquare Church in Covina, Calif. She also travels with the Life Pacific worship team and has experienced outreach opportunites at local San Dimas festivals, area high schools, church services, and youth groups.
“These experiences led me to minister to many people through prayer, testimony, and music,” Marlene says. “The outreach and networking benefit of the team also led to my recent summer internship at the Lompoc Foursquare Church in Southern California.”
At Life Pacific, students like Marlene develop a theological basis for worship and the arts as well as state-of-the-art studio skills and certification leading to successful job placement in the Church and the workplace.
“We want our students to be highly skilled musicians and performers who can foster the spiritual life of a congregation through multiple forms and styles of worship,” WAM Program Chair Dr. Steven Felix-Jager says. “We want students to be technically proficient with the latest technologies and trends within and around the contemporary worship scene.”
WAM majors experience a core group of classes and choose a concentration that best suits them in music performance, media production, or creative arts. Then, students tailor their programs to develop the skills they need to succeed in the field and in future job interviews.
“For the media production track, we recently built out two full industry-standard recording studios and are offering one-to-one studio sessions to learn ProTools, Logic, Ableton, and Sibelius,” Steven says.
After 4-6 semester hours of studio sessions, the students take certification exams for Apple Logic and Avid ProTools. Steven says that media production students will have a strong practical and theoretical base in music and will leave the program with invaluable certifications.
At the heart of the program is a solid biblical and theological core. “The courses I teach are theological and ministerial and help students become worship pastors,” Steven says. “Our goal is to have students holistically equipped as ministers and as excellent musicians, producers, and creatives.”
Steven believes Life Pacific students will be prepared to bless others and bring glory to God because of the training they receive in the classroom, the studio, and in the field. He says churches today are searching for high quality worship pastors sometimes second only in importance to the hiring of a lead pastor.
“Churches are tremendously strengthened when they have a highly competent and passionate worship pastor and WAM seeks to equip students to be just that,” Steven says. Many churches see the role of worship pastor as being a more flexible hire than a youth or children’s pastor who might not possess the skills in worship and media.
“My three great interests in life have always been art, music, and theology,” Steven says. “My calling is to work at the crossroads of theology and the arts on both a theoretical and practical level.”
Encouraged by Steven’s example, Marlene Muñoz would like to inspire high school students to join the WAM program at Life Pacific. She believes they will benefit from the teaching and preparation she has experienced as one of God’s ambassadors of ministry in the Church and among the people God loves in the world.