Director of campus ministries and worship arts receives Teacher-Scholars grant

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Jeremy Perigo awarded Teacher-Scholars grant as part of Vital Worship Grants Program

Jeremy Perigo

Dordt University’s Dr. Jeremy Perigo, director of campus ministries and worship arts, was recently awarded a Teacher-Scholars grant as part of the Vital Worship Grants Program run by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Perigo was one of 17 individuals selected to receive a grant.

“Through this grant, I will investigate emerging issues in liturgical theology through podcast and video interviews with scholars and practitioners, in order to empower our students to discern theologically and imagine liturgically the characteristics of Christian worship in their own context,” says Perigo.

Perigo feels that often those leading modern worship do not understand the historical background or meanings to various worship forms. He seeks to look beyond skills in performance dynamics and artistic expression.

“A core part of my calling to the church and the academy is to see a greater integration between theological studies and worship arts,” shares Perigo. “In our worship arts degree program at Dordt, we desire a robust integration of theology and music that fuels our worship.”

This project will provide Dordt worship arts students the opportunity to study the work of leading worship scholars and practitioners from diverse cultural and liturgical backgrounds—expanding their cultural horizons and encouraging great theological depth as worship leaders.

“Rev. Dr. Jeremy Perigo has been such a wonderful addition to our Dordt faculty,” says Rev. Aaron Baart, chief of staff and dean of chapel at Dordt. “It hasn’t taken him very long to bring the breadth and depth of his global experience to create profound impact on Dordt’s campus. Now, with grants like this, Dordt has the incredible opportunity to share his wealth of knowledge and experience with an even broader swath of our constituency, providing leading worship resources for churches all over the globe. We are so proud to see Jeremy jump in at Dordt with both feet and help grow a worship culture on campus and well beyond.”

As an institution of higher education committed to the Reformed Christian perspective, Dordt University equips students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community to work toward Christ-centered renewal in all aspects of contemporary life. Dordt, located in Sioux Center, Iowa, is a comprehensive university named to the best college lists by The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, Washington Monthly, and Princeton Review.