Welcome! I am  a pianist, composer, educator, and liturgist. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to design and launch the Worship Arts Program  at Grace College. With experience as a professor and over 20 years of leadership in worship ministry, I am passionate about  preparing students for the multi-faceted role of shaping the spiritual lives of Christians in a local church context through liturgy.  As you will be hear, my musical tastes are eclectic; I don't like musical labels, but my music falls into contemporary sacred pieces for worship in different forms and improvised music in other forms. I enjoy acoustic and electronic instruments and many times will blur the lines between genres. 

I have had the pleasure of traveling  internationally as worship leader, musician, and educator. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Liberty University, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. I am a member of Society of Ethnomusicologists (SEM) and the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE).  

I will forever be grateful to God for my amazing wife Shana, and my 3 children, Graydon, Karissa, and Levi. We enjoy the journey of life together!


My colleagues at Grace College and I have experience in some of the most influential churches in the U.S., including Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis, MN - John Piper), and Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL). We offer consulting on 3 levels:

  1. Send us a link to a video of your service and we will evaluate video, audio, and lighting quality. 
  2. We will provide feedback on the worship service structure, order of service, song selection etc.
  3. We will come to your church for a weekend training with your worship and tech teams.

Some questions we can help you process:

1. What is our worship philosophy? 
2. Does the Bible help us plan weekly worship? 
3. How can we help our worship team grow in their musicianship? 
4. How can we help our tech volunteers feel a part of the worship team? 
5. How do we improve the quality of our streaming online? 
6. How do we build a worship ministry? (We only have a pianist or a guitarist - how do we attract drummers? Other musicians?) 
7. What are ways we can evaluate our worship services? 
8. How can our pianists learn to play chord charts/improvise? 
9. Should our church be more culturally diverse? 
10. How does the worship service help with discipleship?

    Contact Wally Brath at wally.brath@gmail.com or 763-227-5197 

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