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David Lemley Faculty Profile

David Lemley

Assistant Professor of Religion
Religion and Philosophy Division, Seaver College


  • PhD Worship and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013
  • MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2005
  • MA History and Theology, Abilene Christian University, 2002
  • BA Religion, Pepperdine University, 1994
  • A Teaching Hymnal: Ecumenical and Evangelical, Contributing Author and Hymn Editor. Clayton J. Schmit, editor, Fuller Seminary Press (forthcoming).
  • "Liturgies of Word and Turntable: Social and Sacramental Effectiveness of Contemporary Worship Music in Christian Worship." PhD diss, Fuller Theological Seminary, 2013.
  • "Social Conscience in the Churches of Christ as Recorded by Mission Journal, 1967-1987." MA thesis, Abilene Christian University, 2002.
  • "We Worshiped with People Who Were Not There," Presentation to the Exploring Contemporary and Alternative Worship Seminar, North American Academy of Liturgy Annual Meeting, Montreal, 2011.
  • American Academy of Religion
  • American Hymn Society
  • Association of Practical Theology
  • North American Academy of Liturgy
  • The Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
  • "@ But Not Of the World (Online Communities, Social Media, and Christian Mission)," Pepperdine Bible Lectures, 2011.
  • "Moving Worship: Where Our Practices Should Lead Us," Abilene Christian University Summit, with Dr. Jeff Cary, 2011.
  • "This Is My Story; What Is That Song? Pastoral and Theological Approaches to Music in Worship," Lipscomb University Summer Celebration, 2010



  • Christian spirituality and spiritual practices
  • Christian worship
  • Discipleship and spiritual formation
  • Ecclesiology and the ministries of the church
  • Theology and popular culture


  • GSRE 199 Soundtrack for the Soul: Popular Music and Christian Spirituality (First-Year Seminar)
  • REL 301 Christianity and Culture
  • REL 548 Congregation as Missional Community (Contemporary Issues and Approaches to Ministry
  • REL 548 Christian Worship: Theology and Practice (Contemporary Issues and Approaches to Ministry)
  • REL 591 Readings in Ecclesiology and Spiritual Formation
  • REL 595 Ministry Field Work