Stephen Newby, a native of Detroit, Michigan, is Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University and a Slingshot Associate. Stephen is composer, conductor, and gospel/jazz vocalist. In addition to directing the Center for Worship at Seattle Pacific University, Stephen has served in the pastoral music and worship ministry for more than 30 years in Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington, California and Georgia. His educational pursuits include: BA, Madonna University; MM, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; DMA, University of Michigan; MA, Theology, Seattle Pacific University. He serves in the area of worship and music programs at Seattle Pacific University. Stephen’s academic awards and grants include the National Endowment of the Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota, Continental Harmony Grant; the King County Arts Commission of Washington Grant; The Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal; and the John Wesley Work III National Composers’ Award. Stephen and his wife Stephanie live in Seattle, Washington, they have one son, Silas, studying health sciences in college. Stephen loves playing with his two dogs, attending film festivals, hiking, biking, weight-lifting, reading old theological texts and attending music concerts of all sorts. Stephen is passionate about his role at Slingshot, serving the church and building cross-cultural relationships in communities across North America.