Dr. Shannan Baker
Postdoctoral Fellow in Music and Digital Humanities
Ph.D., Church Music, Baylor University (2022)
Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary (2019)
M.A. in Worship, Calvin Theological Seminary (2018)
B.A., Music (Worship Arts), Cornerstone University (2016)
Academic Interests and Research
Contemporary worship songs and practice; theology of worship; how our theology of worship can inform the songs and practice within the church; digital humanities.
Shannan Baker is the first postdoctoral fellow within the School of Music. Her appointment immediately follows the completion of her Ph.D. in Church Music from Baylor University. During her studies, Dr. Baker was one of three graduate students accepted into the Baylor Libraries' Fundamentals of Data Research summer fellowship in 2021. This fellowship inspired her interest in the digital humanities which has continued in various research areas.
Dr. Baker endeavors to find ways to connect contemporary worship research with the practice of the church. Primarily, this has occurred through the creation of contemporary worship workshops where students are encouraged to connect their classroom learning with practical applications in a band-led worship style. Dr. Baker has experience playing multiple instruments including drums (her emphasis for her BA), piano/keys, acoustic guitar, and bass guitar, which allows her to communicate with the various band members. Dr. Baker is a Michigan native, who now lives in Waco and serves the local church through the many gifts with which God has blessed her.
The Mystery, Music, and Markets of Contemporary Worship Songs: An Interdisciplinary Comparison of the CCLI Top 25 and Number-One Songs from 2010-2020
Other Published Works and Book Reviews
Baker, Shannan K. and Monique M. Ingalls. “The Musical Rhetoric of Charismatic Revival: Continuity and Change in the Songs of the Toronto Blessing and Bethel Church.” Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 42, no. 1 (2022), 17-32.
Baker, Shannan K. “’Seas Of Crimson’”: A Biblical Analysis of Elemental Imagery in Bethel Music’s Lyrics.” Journal of Contemporary Ministry no.6, special issue: Worship and the Megachurch, 2022.
“God Rock Inc.: The Business of Niche Music.” On Reading Religion. July 15, 2020. https://readingreligion.org/books/god-rock-inc
“The Worship Pastor: A Call to Ministry for Worship Leaders and Teams.” In Calvin Theological Journal 53, no. 2 (November 2018): 507-9.
Fellowships, Capstones, and Awards
2021 Completion of the Teaching Capstone in Higher Education (TeaCHE), Baylor University
2021 Fundamentals of Data Research Fellowship, Baylor University Libraries
2020-21 Baylor Graduate Student Travel Award
2017 Calvin Institute for Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Award
Courses Taught at Baylor
Engaging with Music
Leadership for Music Ministry
Instrumental Music in the Church
Guitar for Music Ministry
Technology and Keyboards in the Church