David Schwoebel is Minister of Music/Composer in Residence at Derbyshire Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Voice and Organ Performance, and a Master of Church Music with an emphasis in Composition. Prior to beginning his ministry at Derbyshire in January 1997, David served churches in his hometown of Belleville, Illinois, Montgomery, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia.
As an ordained minister, David administrates and oversees a comprehensive music ministry of six choral organizations, four handbell choirs, and a thirty‑two‑piece orchestra. His energetic, hands‑on approach to ministry finds him working each week with people of all ages, encouraging and equipping them to discover and develop their varied musical talents and skills.
The michelle hymn tune included in the 1991 Baptist Hymnal is named for David's wife, Michelle. The brittany, ashley, and courtney hymn tunes, named for their three daughters, and the rose mary, hendricks avenue, as well as an arrangement of irby hymn tunes, are included in the Celebrating Grace hymnal. The tunes courtney and rose mary are also included in Glory to God: The Presbyterian Hymnal.
For more information on David's extended music ministry, compositions, and arrangements or the Soli Deo Gloria!—the Music of David Schwoebel CD, please visit www.davidschwoebel.com.