About Liturgica.com Advisory Board

Liturgica.com's Advisory Board is principally responsible for web site content as well as functionality and design. This body brings a broad base of religious and business experience to its work, and provides a source of expertise in the various areas covered by the web site, such as liturgics, liturgical theology, liturgical music and the reviews of titles in the web store. All members of the Advisory Board are available to respond to questions or address specific subjects. You may address your inquiries to them via our Contact Us form.

Learn more about our Advisory Board by reading their biographies below.

Father Sam Gantt
Father Sam Gantt is an ordained priest in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. From 1981 to 1999, he was the Director of Biblical Language Instruction and an instructor of New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew at Fuller Theological Seminary. Currently, Fr. Sam is the designer and professor of record for Fuller Seminary's distance learning course in New Testament Greek. Since 1973, he has been a freelance graphic arts designer, specializing in the design and production of books, especially book covers, advertising, magazine covers, and Web sites for major publishers in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. From 1978-1981, Fr. Sam was the Art Director for New York Times Books in New York. From 1999-2000, Fr. Sam has held various administrative and teaching posts in Christian and public secondary schools.

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Father Apostolos (Kevin) Hill
Father Apostolos (Kevin) Hill has served in the Orthodox Church for the last twenty years as cantor, youth director, catechist, and priest. He is assigned as Proestamenos at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Denver where he has served since 2001. Prior to this assignment, Fr. Hill served at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church of Omaha, NE. Fr. He has produce three top selling recordings of Byzantine chant ("Gates of Repentance", "Hymns of Paradise", and "Cycles of Grace" ). He has conducted many seminars and classes on Byzantine chant, and is highly regarded in Byzantine chant circles. He spent ten years in sales management in the medical device and print-management industries prior to his ordination.

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Joseph Metzinger
Joseph Metzinger received his Masters of Liturgical Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC. His dissertation focused on the liturgical function of the Roman Introit. He worked as a research associate for the CANTUS project compiling indices of medieval manuscripts for the Divine Office. He served as Music and Liturgy Director for Campus Ministry at Catholic University and as liturgist for St. Helena's Cathedral in Helena, Montana. He is currently Director of Music Ministries at Gesu Catholic Church near Cleveland, Ohio.

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Peter F. Schwalbenberg
Peter F. Schwalbenberg has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University. Raised a Roman Catholic and nine years in the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), he has been a member of the Orthodox Church in America since 1973. Since 1971 he has been occupied with computer software, in programming, project management, sales, marketing, and senior management for startups and consulting firms. He is currently head of marketing and sales for a software product at a global consulting company. A member of a parish in the Russian Mission Deanery of the Diocese of the West (OCA), he sings in the choir for services conducted in Slavonic.

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Father Jerome F. Weber
Father Jerome F. Weber received a MA in Theology from St. Bonaventure University in 1955, and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1956. He has done graduate studies in musicology, and since 1990 has been a member of Cantus Planus, the international study group for liturgical chants. He has written and lectured extensively on chant recordings, and published the award-winning Gregorian Chant Discography in 1990. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Goldberg and Plainsong and Medieval Music, and writes for those magazines as well as for Fanfare, The Tidings and other periodicals. He produced the acclaimed CD reissue, "Gregorian Chant — Early Recordings" (Parnassus).

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Gregory G. Webster
Gregory G. Webster has an MBA in marketing and BA in journalism from the University of Georgia as well as the MA Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. His work experience includes serving as media planner and buyer, account executive and finally head of client services for The Puckett Group, a premiere advertising agency in Atlanta, Georgia. For Broadman & Holman Publishers, he performed a variety of marketing activities, most recently the development and implementation of all marketing and advertising strategies for the company's multi-million dollar original Bible translation, The Holman Christian Standard Bible. He currently operates his own advertising and marketing agency. Greg is a lay member of the Orthodox Church.

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Benjamin D. Williams
Benjamin D. Williams is a lay member of the Orthodox Church. He received a MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1979, and was assistant pastor in two Presbyterian churches prior to becoming a member of the Orthodox Church. He has served in various leadership roles and as a cantor in four different Orthodox parishes. Additionally, he has co-authored Orthodox Worship: A Living Continuity with the Temple, the Synagogue and the Early Church with Harold B. Anstall, and Oriented Leadership: Why Every Christian Needs It with Michael T. McKibben, and contributed the chapter "Humility and Vision in the Life of the Effective Leader" in Faith in Leadership. He has worked in the medical instrumentation industry for almost twenty years, and is currently Director of Sales Operations for a medical instrument company.

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