This year’s Fine Arts Division Worship Heart and Art Seminar features speaker Kerry Tillmon and ethnomusicologists IziBongo.


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MBU will be hosting its annual Worship Heart and Art Seminar Thursday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 19, in the Chapel, featuring keynote speaker Rev. Kerry Tillmon.

The two-day event allows people from all walks of life to explore how different mediums and perspectives can be incorporated into worship that is driven by biblical principles.

The theme for this year’s conference is, “The Beauty of Holiness and the Tapestry of Worship.”

“That implies both the need for setting ourselves apart for God and being holy as we come into worship, but also that there are many different expressions of that within the body of Christ. Both cross-culturally, cross-racially, crossing many different boundaries and barriers,” explained Dr. Jonathan Blackmon, director of worship arts.

The event also seeks to address cultural and racial diversity in worship and racial reconciliation.


Tillmon has been preaching for more than 30 years and pastors at West Point Missionary Baptist Church in Galveston, Texas.

The featured musical act for the event is a group called IziBongo, whose members are missionaries and ethnomusicologists.

“They have all served as missionaries all over the world and they play music from all over the world. They will use instruments and songs in different languages, from many different cultures, and they will be leading us and helping us to worship around the world,” said Blackmon.

The event is free, though donations are accepted, and students can register by texting their student ID number to 314-744-9144 or attendees can register at the door starting at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The seminar starts at 4 p.m. on Thursday, runs through the evening then reconvenes on Friday at 1 p.m and again runs through the evening.

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By Julia Province

Julia Province is an editor for MBU Timeline. She is majoring in communications studies and minoring in psychology at Missouri Baptist University. She has a love for all things photography and Photoshop, but in her free time she can often be found participating in one of MBU’s group yoga classes.