Dr. Rodney Sones
My family and I live in Circleville, OH, where we attend Crossroads Church. Rachel is a busy mom, working full-time as the administrative assistant for the OCU Teacher Ed department and juggling our household schedule. Bethany is a Freshman here at OCU in the OCU Teacher Ed program. Nate is 16. He loves math, science, Rubic's cube puzzles and audio technology. He and Dad usually have a project going around the house.
Background. I was born in Pennsylvania where my father pastored in the Free Methodist church. During my middle and high school years we lived in Georgia, and then Birmingham, Alabama.
Education. Bachelor of Sacred Music in Music Education (God’s Bible School and College,(Cincinnati, OH); Master of Music (Miami University, Oxford, Ohio); Doctor of Music Ministry (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY).
Professional experience. Taught a wide range of music for 20 years, including voice, music theory, and conducting. My favorite area has been church music, which became the focus of my doctoral studies. Just previous to my assignment here at OCU, I taught at Southern Seminary and in Campbellsville University’s adult program. I have served as worship leader for Mulberry Wesleyan Church, in Cincinnati, OH, and Grace Community Church of the Nazarene, in Louisville, KY.
Spiritual journey. When I was about eight I began to be interested in spiritual things. At about fifteen I chose to make finding God’s will for my life my highest priority. I have placed my faith in Christ alone for salvation. My life is fully consecrated to God and I am continuing to grow in His grace.
Call to Ministry. The call to full-time Christian service came to me as a growing persuasion. My parents considered it an honor to be in Christian service, and enjoyed investing in other people. An inner sense of God’s direction grew alongside opportunities to minister, and the affirmation of others when I did.
Worship. I believe worship is first for God’s pleasure, but that his great pleasure is to make us, his redeemed and loved ones, whole and complete. We worship by delighting in who God is and what he does, especially as he has revealed himself in creation and redemption. Worship is more than what we do in church. It is a life poured out in love, constantly renewed in relationship with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Our purpose as worship leaders is to help the church fulfill its calling to glorify God and enjoy his favor. To do so, we lead with a pastor's heart, grounding our worship in Scripture, making the Gospel our great delight, revealing the glory of God through Christ, and by our own heartfelt worship calling others to embrace obedience and hope that nourish faith. Worship ministry includes the whole gathering (not just the music).
Worship ministry done well also engages who have not yet called Jesus their Lord. I believe evangelism is God’s quest in time for worshipers in eternity, and healthy worship is an indispensable and effective witness to his grace.
Current Work. At OCU I divide my time between the Registrar’s Office (as University Registrar) and the Music Department, where I direct our recently-launched Worship Leadership program.
- B.S.M God's Bible School and College
- M.M. Miami University
- D.M.M. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary