Wally Brath, MA Ethnomusicology

Assistant Professor of Worship Arts
Department of Music

Education: BM Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; MA Ethnomusicology from Liberty University

Growing up in LaPorte, Indiana, God granted me repentance from my sins and faith in Jesus Christ an early age. God used the local church to grow my faith and called me to serve as a minister of the gospel through music. After receiving a BM at the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and studying theology at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, I served as worship pastor in the Chicago area for 8 years before moving to Minneapolis in Spring of 2004. I served as an assistant music minister at Bethlehem Baptist Church (BBC) until March 2006 when I was commissioned by BBC with two other elders to plant All Nations Christian Fellowship in Brooklyn Center, MN. In 2010, I started Musicians in Mission (www.musiciansinmission.org), a ministry that seeks to advance God’s kingdom through music. I joined the staff of Christ Redeemer Church in September 2011. In May 2013, I completed an MA in ethnomusicology from Liberty University. I have been married to my best friend, Shana, since August 14, 1993. We have been blessed with 3 children: Graydon, Karissa, and Levi.

In my free time I enjoy outdoor activities with my family, eating out with my wife, playing basketball, and writing music for the local church.

Favorite Scripture Verse:

As a worship pastor, one of my favorite verses is Colossians 3:16 — "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual song, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Worship leaders have a responsibility to shepherd the church of Jesus Christ through music that is saturated with the word of God.


  • SEM (Society of Ethnomusicologists)
  • ICE (International Council of Ethnodoxologists)