Brinson receives doctorate in musical arts

Posted 3/3/18

First Baptist Cleveland’s Brinson earns doctorate

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Brinson receives doctorate in musical arts


First Baptist Cleveland’s minister of music and worship the Rev. Dr. R. Tyler Brinson has earned a doctorate of musical arts in church music with a specialization in worship from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

His dissertation was titled, “Discovering Vocal Music Ministry Expectations Among Millennials within the Corporate Worship of Tennessee Southern Baptist Churches.”

“The research and primary data for this dissertation was obtained by gathering over 435 surveys and conducting 90 interviews of Millennial congregants attending churches of all varying sizes across the state of Tennessee,” said Brinson. “From the outset, I sought to provide helpful and current information for worship leaders in hope that we may better discern the expectations of Millennials toward the music ministry in corporate worship and more directly and effectively reach the hearts and lives of this important age group—America’s largest generation.”

Brinson currently serves in his eighth year as minister of music and worship at First Baptist Cleveland, joining the staff in 2010. Before coming to First Baptist Cleveland, he served as music associate at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, while working on his master’s of music in church music at Baylor University. Brinson also served as worship leader at South Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, as well as a member of Voices of Lee while pursuing his bachelor of science in music business at Lee University.

Brinson is passionate about leading others in the worship of God both locally and globally. He has led the dynamic 180-voice choir at First Baptist Cleveland on various mission trips to New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Atlanta. The choir has had the privilege of singing at the Brooklyn Tabernacle, the historic Moody Church in Chicago, the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, as well as for the Atlanta Braves. This spring and summer, Brinson will lead over 100 members of the music ministry on mission trips to both the country of Israel as well as locally in Cleveland and Chattanooga.

Brinson is a recipient of the Gospel Music Association Dove Award for 2015 Choral Collection of the Year. As co-creator of the project along with Christian songwriter Geron Davis, this project, titled “Splendor of Heaven,” was recorded by The First Baptist Cleveland Choir. In December 2017, Brinson was bestowed the honor of “Ambassador” to the city of Cleveland from the office of Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland.

Brinson is married to Diana, an executive secretary for the Church of God International Offices in Cleveland, and alumnus of Lee University. His parents are Terrell and Debbie Brinson.


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