Stephen List


Stephen List

Director of Worship Arts
Rev. Dr. Stephen List (abd) is in his sixth year at NNU as an Adjunct Faculty where he currently serves as the instructor for the Worship Arts Ministry courses and Assistant Director for University Choir and Orchestra. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, a Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry from Western Seminary, a Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Florida, and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene. Stephen is in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate of Music Arts from Boston University, researching the interactions between audience and musicians in a performance environment and how those interactions influence persistence for the musician and audience.

In addition to his teaching at NNU, Stephen taught Junior and Senior High School choir and drama along with leading student worship teams at a private Christian school for seven years. He organized and managed a music school within the Christian school that provided private music lessons for more than 150 students. He has taught private music lessons throughout his career in voice, bass guitar, acoustic guitar and drums. At his church in Portland, Stephen organized and taught in a bilingual music school where those interested in music and worship could learn music theory and take private lessons. Stephen’s testimony is that the Lord has called him to train the next generation of music leaders.

Stephen’s passion is seeing people utilize their musical talents, leading others in worship of the Almighty God. He has been a Worship Pastor in the Church of the Nazarene for 23 years. In his current position at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, he directs a robust ministry including choir, orchestra, handbells, worship technology, organizing and leading worship gatherings as well as numerous other musical events. Stephen has led the churches he served through technological improvements, the latest of which included high-quality, live-streaming of services prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth List, chair of the Psychology program at NNU, have been married for 25 years. Together they have two adult children, both of whom pursue creative arts careers. Stephen’s hobbies include gardening, woodworking and cooking.