By Staff, LBC Communications
[img_assist|nid=7497|title=Benjamin Harlan|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=80|height=100]ALEXANDRIA – Louisiana Baptist Convention Executive Director David Hankins on Aug. 1 welcomed Benjamin Harlan as the new LBC music strategist. Harlan’s new post includes serving as the LBC music strategist and associate professor/artist in residence at Louisiana College.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Harlan. He is a world class professional musician with a passion to serve the Lord through equipping church leaders,” Hankins said. “Also, his coming demonstrates how our LBC family is constantly looking for synergistic solutions to serve Louisiana Baptists. Serving both the state convention and a Baptist institution is a new paradigm.”
The bulk of Harlan’s work with the LBC is the coordination of the various music consultants who serve the churches of the convention.
“Dr. Harlan is one of the most talented, gifted and godly musicians anywhere,” said Bill Robertson, Pastoral Leadership Team leader. “God has blessed us by allowing him to join our Pastoral Leadership Team.”
Fred Guilbert, chair of Louisiana College’s Division of Fine Arts and Media, expressed LC’s joy with the announcement of Harlan’s joining the music faculty.
“Dr. Harlan has vast experience in the field of music education, having served at Southwestern Seminary and New Orleans Seminary,” Guilbert said. “Dr. Harlan will be invaluable to the department, not only in teaching but in consulting, recruiting and serving as Artist in Residence for the department.”
Since 2005, Harlan has served as the Lallage Feazel Wall Professor of Church Music at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served in that capacity from 1989-1995. Between 1995 and 2005, Harlan was the Dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
His academics include a Bachelor of Music and a Masters of Music from Baylor University and a Doctor of Music Arts from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Harlan has served Emmanuel Baptist Church in Shreveport and First Baptist Church in St. Francisville. Between 1989 and 2010 he served 18 congregations as an interim worship leader.
Most churches with any kind of choral music collections have one of Harlan’s original works or an arrangement of his. He is known for his orchestral arranging and his extensive work at choral, composer and music publisher workshops.
“This is a great step forward for the future of the Music Department of Louisiana College,” Guilbert added.