Paul Sunderland

Dr. Paul Sunderland

Assistant Professor of Worship Arts

Year Started at GU: 2012
Office: Whitlock Music: Room 201
Phone: 618-664-6577
Email: [email protected]
Areas of Responsibility:

Worship Arts degree program; 
Pursuit worship arts ensembles

Prior to coming to Greenville University, Paul was employed as a full-time Worship Leader for 15 years at a United Methodist Church in Northeast Ohio. This experience enables him to offer practical guidance to musicians working in the church. 

For 12 of those years, he was an adjunct professor in the Commercial Music Department at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. Paul’s former students include members of the Grammy nominated, 2x Dove Award Winning band, Relient K. Paul was also adjunct faculty at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. 

Paul has performed full-time as a professional musician. He has led and coached bands in multiple arenas, written several worship songs and spoken at music industry and denominational seminars on music and worship in the church. 

To Greenville University, Paul brings a contagious passion for worship, both personally and corporately in community, as well as an earnest desire to see spiritual formation in students who are going to lead future congregations, Paul asserts his calling: “I love working with college students, where over and over again I see a total transformation of their skills, understanding and approach to leading worship. My calling is to take my knowledge and my experience and to mentor and shape both the theology and the musicianship of future leaders in the church. I am so proud to be a part of Greenville University’s incredible environment that shapes students for service to God’s people.”


MUSG164/165 Foundations of Leading Worship I & II; MUSG301 Music in Worship; MUSG302 Worship Arts in the 21st Century; MUSG303 Ministry and Philosophy of Worship; Applied Guitar; MUTH305/306 Pop Music Theory I & II; MUEN144/344 Worship Arts Ensembles

Publications and Presentations

“Worship” Breakout Session | Free Methodist Church Gateway Conference Leadership Summit June 2015