Emily Snider Andrews believes worship lies at the heart of what it means to be a Christian disciple. Emily teaches church music and worship leadership at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she also serves as Director of the Center for Worship and the Arts. She received the Bachelor of Music from Samford University, the Master of Music from Baylor University, the Master of Divinity from George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before moving to the southeast, Emily taught church music and worship at Mercer University and Azusa Pacific University.
Her research interests include studies of evangelical worship, sacramental theology, and the interlacing of music and theology. In particular, her work explores the sacramental potential of modern worship music practices in renewalist evangelical contexts.
An ordained minister, Emily is deeply committed to the corporate worship life of the church and has maintained an active role in various music ministries, serving congregations in Alabama, Texas, and California. She understands her academic vocation as further service to her call, as she seeks to form students who will lead Christ’s church to worship with godly wisdom and Spirit-led imagination.
Emily is married to Matt, a minister who holds the Doctor of Ministry from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. They are the proud parents to two children, who occupy much of their free time.
Degrees and Certifications
- B.M., Samford University
- M.M., Baylor University
- M.Div., George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
- Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
- Music and Worship
- Liturgical Theology
- Ritual Studies
- Liturgical History
- Sacramental Theology
- Aesthetic Theology