Emily R. Brink

 Emily R. Brink

Address3233 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Worship emerita, Calvin Theological Seminary

A.B., Calvin College, 1962
M.M., University of Michigan, 1964
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1980

Emily Brink is a senior research fellow of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and adjunct professor of church music and worship at Calvin Theological Seminary. Emily was the founding editor of Reformed Worship, a quarterly journal published by Faith Alive Christian Resources. Emily is active in the American Guild of Organists and the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, for which she served as president from 1990-1992; in 2004 she was named a fellow of the Hymn Society. She teaches courses in music and for worship and her areas of interest include congregational song from all times and places, psalmody, hymnal editing, and consulting with a wide range of churches on worship renewal issues.

“John Calvin believed that there are two kinds of public prayer: ‘some are offered by means of words alone, the others with song.’ The discipline of praying our songs and singing our prayers is at the heart of my interest in teaching. In the past fifty years, a great new outpouring of worship songs has contributed to both the joy and the challenge of pastoral leadership on the congregational level. My goal in teaching at Calvin Theological Seminary is to help equip future pastors and worship leaders to plan and lead worship with sensitivity and understanding, especially with respect to sung prayer that reflects the richness and diversity of the Christian church.”

Emily enjoys her vegetable garden, camping, and traveling internationally.

Emily Brink was editor of three hymnals: Psalter Hymnal (1987), Songs for Life (1994), and Sing! A New Creation (2001); co-editor with John D. Witvliet of The Worship Sourcebook (2004), and editor of Reformed Worship from 1986-2006.

Areas of Interest

Church Music and Worship

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