Charles T. Lewis Jr.
Professor of Church Music and Worship
Associate Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship
Dr. Chuck T. Lewis began his musical journey playing piano for Fairview Baptist Church, a small country church in rural South Carolina. The love of music, ministry, and students led him to become a high school band director at Batesburg-Leesville High School also in South Carolina. After completing a Master of Music Education at the Florida State University, Lewis surrendered his life to full-time vocational service to the Lord. Convinced that a call to ministry also meant a call to be thoroughly equipped, Lewis journeyed to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed a Master of Church Music in 1993.
In the 90s and 2000s, Lewis’s served two churches in Florida: First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, FL and Celebration Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. During his tenure there, he led expansive worship ministries which included choirs of all ages, drama, worship teams, bands, orchestra, pageants, missions, and concert ministries.
From 2011-2019, after almost two decades of serving the local church, Lewis accepted an invitation to equip the next generation of worship leaders through the Department of Biblical Worship at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Concurrently, he served as worship pastor at Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky from 2016-2019.
In 2019, Lewis returned to his alma mater, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to serve as Associate Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship and Professor of Church Music and Worship. Coupled with administrative responsibilities, Lewis gives primary leadership to the development of the Worship Ministry training degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Lewis’s life’s objective is to equip men and women to serve, love, and lead God’s people in authentic, Christ-centered, gospel saturated worship to the end that God would be glorified, his church edified, and the world evangelized.