David Bjorlin, 30

Adjunct Instructor in Christian Worship,
North Park Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Candidate, Liturgical Studies and Church History,
Boston University School of Theology
Pastor of Worship and Creative Arts,
Resurrection Covenant Church , Chicago, IL

Worship pastor, seminary faculty, and author: David has found a wide range of outlets for his passion for worship and the church. His interests include hymnody, connections between liturgy and ethics, and children in worship. He loves being able to plan worship so that a congregation may enact and indwell the redemptive story of God in worship week after week.

He recently published Incorporating Children in Worship, co-written with Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, theology and ethics professor at North Park Theological Seminary. Rather than detailing how to involve children in worship, the book presents a theological basis for why they deserve a place in a vibrant worship experience.

David identifies with the Covenant because of its commitment to the Pietist tradition of a faith that thinks, feels, and lives out the gospel. The church, he says, “needs to understand the formative power of worship. In worship we need to glorify the triune God by speaking truthfully, deeply, and beautifully about God and humanity through word and sacrament. Then we are charged with living out the liturgy after the liturgy, as the Orthodox say, by extending the same grace, love, justice, and peace we experience in worship to our world.”


greybutton-40u40Books on your nightstand/e-reader: The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell; Tolstoy: A Russian Life, Rosamund Bartlett; Hymnal Companion to Evangelical Lutheran Worship, Paul Westermeyer; The Collected Poems of Denise Levertov
Favorite way to waste time: Reading fiction when I should be reading nonfiction
Favorite TV show: Freaks and Geeks, The X-Files, Seinfeld (yes, I’m stuck in a ’90s time warp)
Choose a superpower: fly or be invisible: Fly—easy transportation, zero emissions, and being invisible would be creepy