Meet Stephen Marshall-Ward

Rev. Dr. David Ellingson

Stephen Marshall-Ward
Professor & Chair of Music

B.A., Bob Jones University
M.A., Pensacola Christian College
D.S.M., Oxford University

Courses Taught: Piano; Chamber Ensemble; Conducting Techniques; Exploration of Art

Biography: Dr. Stephen Marshall-Ward joined Trinity Lutheran College in 2011 as Professor & Chair of Music. He is responsible for primary leadership of the Music Program. He teaches conducting, directs the Chamber Ensemble, is responsible for the Music Department's Symposium and Performance Series, oversees all senior projects, recitals, and internships, and with Trinity's Campus Pastor, Rev. Erik Samuelson, is Curator for Artistic Spiritual Expression in Trinity's weekly chapel services.

As Music Director and Organist, Dr. Marshall-Ward has served Edmonds United Methodist Church (Edmonds, WA), The First Presbyterian Church (Seattle, WA), First United Methodist Church (Irving, TX), Long Hill Chapel (Chatham, NJ), and Bethel Baptist Church (McMinnville, OR). He is currently Minister of Music and Organist at All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle and Accompanist/Assistant Choral Director at Temple B'nai Torah in Bellevue.

As an educator, Dr. Marshall-Ward has taught privately for over twenty years. He co-founded The Institute for Spirituality and the Arts and founded and directed The School of the Sacred Arts, The Fellowship for the Promotion of the Sacred Arts, and The Gallery of Sacred Arts. He has taught Music Theory, directed the Men’s Chorus at Seattle Pacific University, and is a Past Dean of the Seattle Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. As a guest speaker on Worship and the Arts, he has been invited to speak to churches up and down the West Coast, as a guest lecturer to students at The Juilliard School, and most recently lecturing on “Aesthetics in Spiritual Spaces” at St. Ignatius Chapel at Seattle University, for the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists and for the National Convention of the United Church of Christ Musicians' Association. Together with Trinity's Rev. Erik Samuelson, Dr. Marshall-Ward is a leader in creating opportunities for culturally-relevant and spiritually-transformational worship.

Dr. Marshall-Ward completed a B.A. in Church Music from Bob Jones University, with special focus in piano and secondary focuses in church administration and organ performance, and an M.A. in Sacred Music, with special focus in choral conducting and music composition. Additionally, he has completed post-graduate studies at Westminster Choir College and Southwestern Seminary. His teachers have included Joan Lippincott (Chair of the Organ Department at Westminster Choir College and Chapel Organist at Princeton University), Al Travis (Chair of the Organ Department at Southwestern Seminary), and John Weaver (Chair of the Organ Department at The Juilliard School). In 2013, he completed a Doctorate in Sacred Music through the Graduate Theological Foundation that included completing classwork through the Summer Theological Programme at Christ Church, Oxford University, England.

In addition to his musical studies, Dr. Marshall-Ward has theological and ecclesiastical training and extensive Seminary training in Church History, Christian Ethics, and Theology through the Ph.D. level. For more than two decades, he has been a student of church growth concepts, attending many national and international conferences with leading church growth experts, including a Symposium on Twenty-First-Century Church Music at Cambridge University in England.

As a performer, he began performing solo piano concerts at age 12 and solo organ concerts at age 15. At age 17, he performed his first solo European concert tour, performing 19 organ concerts in seven European countries. Since then, Dr. Marshall-Ward has performed many concerts on both the east and west coasts, and throughout Europe, including appearing as a guest organist for the noon-day prayer service at Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. He is half of a duo-organ team, performing together with his colleague Dr. Wanda Griffiths since 2002, appearing on recital series around the Pacific Northwest and in Southern California, most recently as featured performers for the Northwest Regional Convention of the American Guild of Organists.

Dr. Marshall-Ward is also an award-winning designer, owning an interior and architectural design company specializing in sacred-space design. With a base of more than sixty clients, Stephen Marshall Design, Inc., has renovated dozens of homes, developed and designed retail and commercial spaces, and designed and renovated many spiritual spaces throughout Washington. He has two grown sons – Andrew and Alex – and lives in Lynnwood with James, his husband. He enjoys music, architecture, design, art, writing, poetry, cooking, gardening, travelling, and their silky terrier, Nikki.