Professor Jacob Kaufman

Jacob Kaufman
July 29, 2011
Central Christian College
1200 S. Main
McPherson KS, 67460
(620) 241-0723 ext, 367

Course Responsibility

  • MT-PH 364 Contemporary Culture and Worldview
  • PR-TH 410 Practical Theology of Worship Arts
  • MU-MS 404 Advanced Songwriting
  • MU-MS 303 Computer Composition and Multi-Media
  • MU-MS 306 Popular Music in America
  • EN-LT 308 Fantasy, Film and Faith
  • MU-MS 308 Music Business
  • MU-MS 420 Worship, Performance, and the Contemporary Musician
  • MU-EN 182, 282, 482 Music Ministry Team
  • MU-EN 153, 253, 453 Guitar Ensemble
  • MU-EN  146, 246, 446 Jazz Band
  • MU-EN 178, 278, 478 Songwriting Performance Lab
  • MU-AP 103, 203, 403 Applied Guitar Lessons

Education History

Degree in Progress
Degree Earned
Master's Degree


Doctorate in Worship Studies (DWS)


Masters of Arts in Christian Thought
Thesis: “Mentoring Millennials:        Mentorship in Academia and Beyond


Robert Webber Institute of Worship Studies, FL

Bethel Seminary - St. Paul, MN


Bachelor's of Science

Liberal Studies (Music/Ministry)

Central Christian College of Kansas


Associates in Arts


Central Christian College of Kansas


Employment History

2005 - Current

Chairman of the Fine Arts Department: Head of the Contemporary Christian Music Program

Central Christian College, McPherson, KS



  • Recruiting – took the CCM Program from five to forty plus; recruit for the Worship Arts Major in the Ministry Department
  • Remodeled CCM Center - new Studio B recording studio with drum isolation booth; CCM Center office and teaching center; and new isolation booth in the Mattson Studio A
  • Created new classes/curriculum – Guitar Ensemble, Contemporary Christian Theology, Music Business, The Performing Musician, Songwriting Lab Band
  • Overseer of the construction of new music venue The Warehouse – a music venue for students to practice and perform; venue for student led Vespers Service; a place where music business can be incorporated for Liberal Studies music business majors
  • Created the Worship Arts major in Ministry and Theology Department.
  • Founder of Central Christian College’s Annual Songwriters Guild (2006 to present)
  • Curriculum Development for the following: Basic Guitar Class, Guitar Ensemble; Music Business; Songwriters Performance Lab, Music Ministry Team; Fantasy, Film and Faith
  • Brought the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” to Central Christian College – lectured on “The Evolution of Cowboy Music in America” with Dr. Merril McHenry (2009)
  • Central Christian College Committees: Academic Affairs/Assessment Committee; Faculty Professional Development Committee; Performing Arts Advisory Committee; Chaney Music Symposium; Progress Review Committee; Fine Arts Public Use Committee; Spiritual Development Committee

2003 - 2005

Bible and Ministry Teacher

Newton Christian High School, Newton, KS



In a student body of 60 was responsible for the teaching of the ministry team class and Bible courses; ministry teams traveled to local coffee houses and other Christian schools ministering to students; Bible curriculum was an overview of the scriptures – the story of God.

2002 – Present (Put above Teacher - second)

Guitar Instructor

McPherson, KS



Responsible for up to 25 guitar and bass students; Worked at Sounds Great Music in McPherson, KS and out of the home; study includes: scales, chords, note reading/tablature, songs, and songwriting.

1995 - 2005

Construction Foreman

Kaufman Built, McPherson, KS



Worked doing construction with Jay S. Kaufman building residential homes, steel buildings, remodeling, room additions, concrete work, and decks; the last two years worked as foreman – highlight was building a 5,000 sq. ft. timber frame house. Other notable projects included a log home.

Related Professional Experience

  • Member of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (2011 to present)
  • Member of the Charles Wesley Society (2011 to present)
  • Involved with the worship team at Countryside Covenant Church (1998-current)
  • Played in an alternative rock band In Light of Ezel 1998-2001
  • Sunday School teacher – Classes include Postmodernism and the Church and Simplicity
  • Guitar lessons from jazz legend Jerry Hahn (2005-2009)
  • Recorded “Twilight and Dreams” EP with my wife, Bobbie Jo Kaufman (2009)
  • On the Leadership Committee at Countryside Covenant Church (2010-current)
  • Composed and performed “Minuet #1” at 2011 CCC Spring Fine Arts Concert for Guitar Ensemble
  • Give 4-6 private lessons to local students






Honors / Awards

  • Five year award at Central Christian College (2010)
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers (2006-2007)
  • Guest lecturer at the Light Capitol Kiwanis Club on the topic of, “CCM at Central Christian College: Definition, Vision, and Student Growth” (2008)
  • Speaker for Newton Christian High School graduation (2007)

Scholarly Interests

  • Contemporary Christianity and Western Culture



  • Popular Music and Culture



  • Ecclesiology and Worship
  • Worship Songwriting for the Local Christian Church



Interests & Hobbies

Folk Music



Playing Music



Watching Movies



Collect Vinyl Records






Wood Working
Vintage Guitars and Gear




My lovely wife Bobbie Jo
Daughter, Saige (2009)
Daughter, Violet (2010)

Some Personal Thoughts

There are many things that demand the time of instructors and professors of higher education. Continuing my education has been one of these ongoing projects for the last couple of year. Developing my instrument has also been major priority. I dream of getting my Doctorate degree and doing seminars over songwriting for church communities. Reminiscing over such things, I can see how instructors and professors become so involved with professional development and research that they bypass the most important aspect of college, relationships with the students. My number one priority here at Central Christian College is to see the student grow in understanding what it means to walk with Jesus and to do Kingdom work for God in all aspects of life. It is my role as an instructor here at the college to be involved in student’s lives. The Contemporary Christian Music and Worship Arts majors focus on developing the whole person.  I love working with students one on one and am honored to see the Lord do amazing things in their lives here at Central Christian College.

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