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John Chilcote

John Chilcote, MDiv

Assistant Professor of Worship

Prof. John Chilcote has served as Assistant Professor of Worship at Cedarville University since 2020. Previously, he was Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Nebraska Christian College. Alongside his career in academia, Prof. Chilcote has served as worship pastor in full- and part-time capacities at multiple churches around the Midwest. Comfortable on guitar or behind a piano, he has led worship for more than 25 years. 

As a mentor and teacher, he enjoys training worship students from all over the country. He teaches contemporary music theory, worship leadership skills, guitar, and songwriting. He also oversees the songwriting minor and directs the worship department bands Resonance, Rekindle, and LAB BAND.  He is also an advocate for modern church choirs, having conducted worship choirs to perform with Paul Baloche, Sandy Patty, and others.

Prof. Chilcote is pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Worship from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

Education and Credentials:

  • M.Div. with an Emphasis on Worship, Hope International University
  • M.A. in Worship Ministry, Hope International University
  • B.M. in Education, Vocal Emphasis, Ohio Wesleyan University

Expert Topics:

Contemporary Worship Trends, Worship Leadership Strategy, and Evangelical Worship History


Songwriting, hiking, outdoors, spending time with family, Chicago Cubs

Why Cedarville?

I feel called to teach and train the next generation of worship leaders. An undergraduate degree at a Christian university offers the most complete training — spiritual, practical, and technical. Cedarville's worship program is one of the premier worship degrees in the country. Cedarville's worship culture is authentic, biblical, and passionate. I love the faculty, staff, and students I get to work with every day. I am truly grateful to be a part of the Cedarville family