Marcia McFee, PhD, professor, author, preacher, ritual artist, and creator of Worship Design Studio, an online coaching and worship design tool serving over 700 congregations, has joined the faculty of San Francisco Theological Seminary for the 2017-2018 academic year as a resident Ford Fellow.

McFee will teach a new course, “Vital Worship for the 21st Century,” this fall. It will be offered both as an in-class and online class. “Marcia is the most sought-after worship design expert in the country,” said Rev. Dr. Jana Childers, Dean of the Seminary. “Widely known for her dynamic style and creative genius, her ability to incorporate the arts into worship has transformed congregations for decades.”

McFee also promises to bring another layer of creative inspiration to the Center for Innovation in Ministry. While in residence, McFee plans to craft several worship series for ThisWeAffirm.org, our internet-based hub of crowd-sourced ministry resources for mission development, education, social justice, and collaboration.

“Teaching at the Seminary is a natural extension to my participation with the Center,” McFee said of her appointment. “I was there from its inception and inauguration in 2014—and I led one of its first sponsored events. It will be exciting to work with its director, Rev. Floyd Thompkins.”

McFee received her Master of Theology degree from St. Paul School of Theology and her Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. She travels extensively, teaching and holding worship planning retreats. McFee has designed and led worship for the regional, national and international gatherings of several denominations for 20 years, including the last two United Methodist General Conferences.

Her three books—The Worship Workshop, a workbook for worship teams; Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for Your Soul; and Think Like a Filmmaker: Sensory-Rich Worship for Unforgettable Messages—are available on Amazon.com.

“I have never known a worship service Marcia couldn’t improve, a room she could not lift or a community that was immune to her energy and charisma,” Childers said. “Those of us who know Marcia look forward to her bringing the force of her gifts, graces and fine scholarship to SFTS.  I fully expect the seminary’s worship life, worship courses and faculty dialogue to be transformed.”