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
Home Phone:
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)




The mission of New Orleans Baptist Theological
Seminary is to equip leaders to fulfill the Great
Commission and the Great Commandments through
the local church and its ministries.


Biblical Studies
Christian Education
Church and Community Ministries
Church Music Ministries
Pastoral Ministries
Theological and Historical Studies
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