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John Chilcote

John Chilcote, M.Div.

Assistant Professor of Worship

Prof. Chilcote serves as Assistant Professor of Worship at Cedarville University. Previously he was Associate Professor of Worship Arts at Nebraska Christian College (2013-2020). Alongside his career in academia, Mr. Chilcote has served as worship pastor in full- and part-time capacities at multiple churches around the Midwest.

As a mentor and teacher, Prof. Chilcote enjoys training worship students from all over the country. He teaches music theory, worship leadership skills, and guitar. He also has taught courses in songwriting, worship design, and worship history. Comfortable on guitar or behind a piano, he has led worship for more than 25 years. Prof. Chilcote is also an advocate for modern church choirs, having conducted worship choirs to perform with Paul Baloche, Sandy Patty, and others.

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


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

Expert Topics

Contemporary Worship Trends, Local church structures, and leadership strategy

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. God opened the door for me to join the faculty at Cedarville University, and I am truly grateful to be a part of the Cedarville family!