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University of Mobile New College of Christian Leadership Expands Opportunities for Students

The University of Mobile has established the new College of Christian Leadership to oversee three schools aimed at preparing graduates for Christian ministry – the new School of Worship Leadership, School of Christian Ministries, and Center for Performing Arts/School of Music.

Dr. John Roger Breland has been appointed executive director of the College of Christian Leadership (CCL). He said the move expands opportunities for students, with more emphasis on internships, innovation and entrepreneurship in music, Christian ministries and worship leadership, plus new concentrations in areas such as film and theatre, music business, and technology.

“Our purpose is to prepare graduates, spiritually and professionally, to be transforming influencers in the revitalization of Christian faith and character in America and beyond,” said Breland, who also serves as vice president for project development at the university. Previously, he served as executive director of the UMobile Center for Performing Arts, which began in 2003 under his direction and has become one of the premier programs at the university.

Breland’s worldwide experience and connections in Christian ministry, music and film industries have led to impressive opportunities for CPA students seeking internships and graduates obtaining jobs in their field. The CCL brings the resources of all three schools together and expands opportunities for UMobile students in Christian ministry, music and worship leadership.

Breland founded TRUTH, one of the first contemporary Christian ensembles, performing concerts worldwide for 31 years, recording award-winning albums and launching the careers of many successful leaders in Christian music. He was elected to the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2000.

The three schools in the College of Christian Leadership, their leadership and programs, are:

• School of Christian Ministries. Formerly called the School of Christian Studies, this includes undergraduate majors in theology and intercultural studies, and master’s program in Christian ministries.

Dr. Joe Savage has been named executive dean of the School of Christian Ministries. He continues as director of the University of Mobile Center for Leadership and the Twelve23 Movement. Savage has more than 20 years in ministry, including 10 years as a senior pastor and a ministry to more than 200 coaches and executives in the National Football League. He has developed innovative ministries with a unique ability to organize and equip others toward putting their faith into action.

Dr. Douglas Wilson, professor of Christian ministries, has been named dean of the School of Christian Ministries. Wilson founded the university’s intercultural studies program. He has served in pastoral and church ministry roles for more than 25 years in the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast United States, and he has taught for and represented UMobile internationally in Central and South America, Africa, Scandinavia, the Pacific Rim, and Europe.

Dr. Cecil Taylor, professor of Christian ministries, has been named director of University Missions. Taylor has served as dean of the School of Christian Studies and founded the University Missions program in 1992, which has sent over 130 faculty-led teams on short-term mission trips to 46 nations, resulting in over 13,000 professions of faith.

• School of Worship Leadership. The university’s popular major in worship leadership has been expanded. The School of Worship Leadership offers a major in worship leadership with concentrations in church ministry, film and theatre, music business and technology. Vocal and instrumental ensembles travel and record, providing students experiences beyond the classroom.

Dr. Al Miller, professor of music, is dean of the new School of Worship Leadership. He continues as dean of the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music. Miller directs major productions such as Christmas Spectacular that attracts an audience of over 7,500 during three nights of performance. He has worked with outstanding Christian recording artists, and worked with Breland to develop and expand the Center for Performing Arts.

Bruce Earnest, associate professor of music and worship leadership, is assistant dean of both the School of Worship Leadership and the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music. He directs a study abroad program in Germany that attracts students worldwide to study musical theatre and opera.

• Center for Performing Arts/School of Music. Formerly known as the Center for Performing Arts, the program offers undergraduate degrees in music, music education and vocal performance. The rigorous course of study encompasses both classical and contemporary styles of music, more than 20 performing ensembles.

Dr. Al Miller continues as dean of the Center for Performing Arts/School of Music, and Bruce Earnest is assistant dean.

For more information about the University of Mobile and the College of Christian Leadership, visit the website at or call 251.442.2222 or 800.WIN.RAMS.
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