Dr. Benjamin Harlan


Dr. Benjamin HarlanProfessor of Church Music

Office: E. O. Sellers Music Building 226 C
Office Phone: (504) 282-4455, extension 3284
Fax: (504) 816-8033
E-Mail: bharlan@nobts.edu


  • D.M.A., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1981)
  • M.M., Baylor University (1979)
  • B.M., Baylor University (1976)

Teaching Experience

  • Professor of Church Music (Lallage Feazel Chair of Worship and Praise), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2005-present)
  • Professor of Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2002-2005)
  • Dean, School of Church Music, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (1995-2002)
  • Associate Professor of Church Music (Lallage Feazell Chair of Church Music), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1989-1994)

Teaching Specializations

  • Composition
  • Arranging
  • Orchestration
  • Ear Training
  • Counterpoint
  • Music Theory

Ministry Experience

  • Minister of Music, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Minister of Music, First Baptist Church, St. Francisville, Louisiana

Interim Ministry Experience

  • Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, Waco, Texas
  • First Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • First Baptist Church, Garland, Texas
  • First Baptist Church, Jackson, Mississippi
  • First Baptist Church, Mandeville, Louisiana
  • First Baptist Church, Kenner, Louisiana
  • First Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • First Baptist Church, Picayune, Mississippi
  • First Baptist Church, Saginaw, Texas
  • Metairie Baptist Church, Metairie, Louisiana
  • Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, Texas
  • Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Sagamore Hill Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Travis Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Williams Boulevard Baptist Church, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Zoar Baptist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Clinician and Guest Minister (by state and country)

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington, DC
  • Wisconsin
  • Korea
  • Phillipines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan

Selected Compositions and Arrangements

  • A Mighty Fortress (Shawnee)
  • Balm in Gilead (Lorenz)
  • Beneath the Cross of Jesus (with Albert Travis, Augsburg Fortress)
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Alfred)
  • How Firm a Foundation (with Albert Travis, Alfred)
  • If Any Man Be in Christ (with Ellen Woods Bryce, Hinshaw)
  • Jesus Came to Dwell Among Us (Hal Leonard)
  • Know My Heart (Shawnee)
  • Lord, When We Praise You with Glorious Music (with Bryan Jeffrey Leech, Fred Bock Music Co.)
  • Old Time Religion (with Moses Hogan, as recorded by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
  • Shall We Gather at the River (with Albert Travis, Morningstar Music)
  • The First Day (with David Bolin and Terry York, Beckenhorst)
  • Two Prayers of Blessing (Shawnee)
  • With Wings as Eagles (Lillenas)
  • Worthy Is the Lamb (Lillenas)

Professional Memberships

  • ACDA
  • ASCAP (recipient of ASCAP Standards Award annually since 1991)