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Tim Stafford has been on the music ministry staff at The Moody Church since 2001, serving as the pastor of music ministries since 2008. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Moody Bible Institute in the Music Department. He graduated with a sacred music degree from Moody in 2001 and completed a master’s degree in choral conducting from Northwestern University in 2008. As a vocalist, guitarist, and conductor, Tim serves the local church by facilitating corporate worship that is Christ-exalting and transformational and that displays the unity of the Spirit. He and his wife, Heidi, have five children.


Moody Worship Collectives


Moody Worship Collectives, directed by Dr. David Gauger, seeks to worship God and lead others in worshipping Him through contemporary praise music. All types of stage-based arts are incorporated to add richness and variety to corporate worship. Members of the Worship Collectives are Moody students from all majors. Performance and worship leadership opportunities include many on-campus events such as Candlelight Carols and Chapel as well as off-campus performances at churches.


Community Music

Community Music

Community Music is a Chicago-based worship team, ministering as part of the NewThing global church planting movement of Community Christian Church. The Community Music team includes church planters and artists who work together to equip local and global artists and leaders. Their songs communicate a message that love overcomes fear and that worship is bigger than just songs on Sundays.


Moody Gospel Choir


Moody Gospel Choir, directed by Sondra Davis, uses music to share the good news of Jesus Christ. The group is comprised of a choir and a band performing many different styles of gospel music. This ensemble places an emphasis on the Scripture and conveying love through a ministerial message of praise and worship. The repertoire of this fully accredited gospel ensemble consists of both traditional and contemporary gospel styles. Moody Gospel Choir performs concerts in the Chicagoland area at churches, schools, and organizations.

Moody Orchestra


Moody Orchestra, directed by Dr. Jae Hyeok Jang, consists of students and faculty members from Moody Bible Institute and musicians from the local community. Performing a diverse repertoire, the Orchestra plays classical and modern music and arrangements of church music. The Campus Orchestra’s ministry is to share the joy of music and Christian faith.

Walter Owens

Walter Owens

Walter Owens serves as the minister of music, media, and arts at the Salem Baptist Church of Chicago. Walter has travelled around the world proclaiming the gospel on every continent except Antarctica. While in Prague, he was featured with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. Walter lectures as an adjunct professor at Columbia College of Chicago where he conducts the Gospel Choir and the Gospel Repertory Ensemble. He also served on the editorial committee for the first edition of the African-American Heritage Hymnal at Howard Divinity School. Walter and his wife, Terri Hord-Owens, live in Chicago.


Moody Chorale


Moody Chorale, conducted by Dr. Yongmin Kim, was founded in 1946 and has long been recognized as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations specializing in sacred music. The Chorale exists to lead men and women in worship of the Creator by ministering Scripture and theological truths through music and personal testimony. Their repertoire includes a broad range of music from all periods of music history. Every year, Chorale tours in the United States and occasionally it also tours overseas. Most recently, Chorale toured in Romania and Poland.

Michael W. Smith


Michael W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific Christian recording artists in history. He has been creating music and performing to sold-out shows around the world for more than 35 years. During his career, he’s written and recorded dozens of hit songs and been honored with numerous awards, including three Grammys. Michael W. Smith was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and has sold more than 15 million albums. He is involved in various charitable organizations, including Compassion International. He has also written several bestselling books, including Old Enough To Know and Friends Are Friends Forever.

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