Instructor in Worship and Acting Director of Community Worship
Washington University, B.A.
Vanderbilt Divinity School, Ph.D.
Phone: Ext. 2377
Rev. Dr. Gerald Liu will serve Andover Newton during the 2012-2013 academic year as Instructor in Worship and Acting Director of Community Worship. He has taught Worship and Preaching courses since 2004 in varied settings, including teaching Masters-level students at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the Candler School of Theology (at Emory University), and undergraduate teaching at Trevecca Nazarene University. In 2008-2009, he served as Worship Coordinator at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Dr. Liu’s research interests center upon the theological aesthetics of sound. A classically- and jazz-trained guitarist with a Bachelor’s degree in Music from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO (magna cum laude), Dr. Liu’s dissertation at Vanderbilt Divinity School was entitled “Music and the Possibility of Perceiving God”. He hails from Mississippi and is of Taiwanese Chinese American heritage. He has also traveled extensively abroad. As an ordained Elder in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rev. Liu served churches in Great Britain from 2005-2007. In 2008, he traveled to Uganda to study African hip-hop and co-produced a compilation of Ugandan hip-hop music with Grammy-nominated ethnomusicologist Gregory Barz. Rev. Dr. Liu is the youngest of three brothers, one other of which attended the BU School of Theology. He is currently training for an ironman triathlon and looks forward to more time to play guitar now that he has completed his Ph.D.
Dr. Liu joins the Andover Newton Faculty through the Lilly Endowment-funded Vanderbilt Divinity School Externship Program, which supports scholars as they transition from doctoral work to seminary teaching ministries.
CMWO 652F: Currents in Christian Worship