ChurchMusicToday Welcomes Two New Contributors


Here at ChurchMusicToday, we have been blessed in many ways, but one in particular is that of the quality of contributors we have on board with us.

I know that the best way for success is to have a talented team around you.  I believe I have a great group of contributors assisting me with the site: Zach Rice, John Cashion, Jason Logan and Joshua Dickey.

In 2013, we are proud to announce that we are welcoming two new writers on board with us: John Francis and Steven Skaggs.

First, welcome Steven Skaggs.


Steve Skaggs may be familiar to you as he has written for this blog once before.  Steven is the Interim Pastor at Muldraugh Hill Baptist Church in Kentucky.  Check out his guest blog post here.

He has ministered in full-time and bivocational music positions for 30 years beginning with his home church, Mt. Tabor Baptist in Buffalo, Kentucky. He most recently held the position of Minister of Music at Immanuel Baptist Church in Paducah for over 7 years where he also served as minister to senior adults.

Rev. Skaggs has served as an officer for the Baptist Church Music Conference and the Kentucky Baptist Men’s Chorale. He employes the use of a wide variety of musical styles, from Gospel to Classical; from contemporary praise to classic hymns, as a tool to lead congregations in corporate worship. He holds degrees in church music from Campbellsville University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Steven and his wife Shirley currently reside in Hodgenville and will celebrate 39 years of marriage this year. They have one son, Matthew, who, with his wife Melissa and their daughter Katie Beth, live in Lexington where they attend Calvary Baptist. You can reach Rev. Skaggs at

Secondly, we welcome John Francis, Associate Pastor/Minister of Music at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Kentucky.


For several years, John’s ministry was with the Missouri Baptist Convention as her Worship Specialist. Most recently he has become the Associate Pastor/Minister of Music at Beacon Hill Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky.

John is a Music Performance graduate (trumpet) from Eastern Kentucky University and has played in rock groups, brass bands, orchestras and soloed all over the world. He recently soloed with the El Salvador National Orchestra in December, where he played the Malcolm ArnoldTrumpet Concerto.

John has written for LifeWay, in the Church Musician Today, Pedalpoint, and Glory Songs and Let’s Worship. He also has written the book, Sound the Trumpet ( John is married to Kimberly, and has two adult children, Madelynn and Tristan, and son-in-law, Jacob Hendrickson.

John’s website is

Welcome, men, to ChurchMusicToday.Net and we are excited about the things you will share with our readers in the future!


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