Dr. Douglas Anthony facilitates strategic arts initiatives throughout the developing world through Walk in Two Worlds Ministries of which he is the founder and president. He and his wife, Mary Lu, connect local Christian artists and ministry leaders in strategic partnerships to multiply the impact of local church ministry in the un- and under-reached world. Dr. Anthony is licensed and ordained with The Christian and Missionary Alliance and has 25 years of full-time service as Pastor of Worship Arts, first in Nyack, NY (5+ yrs) and most recently in Lima, OH (20 years). Believing that “all leadership is local,” Dr. Anthony was heavily involved with local schools as a volunteer, teacher and coach, played in the Lima Area Concert Band, founded a 501c3 Elida Area Community Center to offer after-school programs for at-risk students, launched Make It Glorious inter-denominational worship skills-sharing workshops, and spearheaded Celebration of Faith events to promote racial and cross-denominational trust and reconciliation among the 200+ churches of Allen County, OH.
Dr. Anthony’s degrees are from Nyack College (BMus – brass performance), Bowling Green State University (MM Music History/Ethnomusicology) and The Ohio State University (PhD Ethnomusicology).
Dr. Anthony’s research areas include Indonesia, India, West Africa, and the Christian churches of North America. Research topics/interests include orality, acculturation, public piety, racial identity, popular culture, contextualization, and the varied manifestations of applied ethnomusicology, including arts in trauma healing and arts in reconciliation.
Dr. Anthony’s schedule includes extensive international travel for facilitating projects, networking, and academic conferences. He is honored to contribute to the storied ethnomusicology program at Liberty University Online and looks forward to opportunities for mentoring in the field as well as in the virtual classroom.
Dr. Anthony and his wife currently live and serve near Raleigh, NC and have three adult sons (all musicians), a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters.