The Rev. Dwight D. Andrews Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. Dwight D. Andrews is the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church UCC in Atlanta and an Associate Professor of Music Theory and African American Music at Emory University. A Detroit native, he holds Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Michigan, a Masters of Divinity degree from the Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Music Theory from Yale University. He has taught at Rice, Yale, and Harvard Universities. Rev. Andrews was Associate Pastor of Christ Church at Battell Chapel at Yale for a decade before coming to Atlanta to serve on the faculty of Emory University in 1988.The roles of educator, artist, and pastor are well aligned with Rev. Andrews’ advocacy of ministries devoted to the whole person--- mind, body, and soul. As a musician, Dr. Andrews has appeared on over 25 jazz and ‘new music’ recordings. He has also been recognized for his collaborations with playwright August Wilson and director Lloyd Richards, having served as musical director for the Broadway productions of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Piano Lesson, and Seven Guitars, and the Broadway revival of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featuring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton. He provided the music direction for the Broadway revival production of A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Audra McDonald, and Sanaa Latham. His film credits include The Old Settler starring Phylicia Rashad and Debbie Allen, The Piano Lesson, HBO’s Miss Evers' Boys and the PBS documentaries, W.E.B. Dubois: A Biography in Four Voices and Homecoming: The Plight of Black Farmers in Georgia. Dr. Andrews was the first Quincy Jones Visiting Professor of African American Music at Harvard University for 1996-1997 has also delivered the Alain Locke Lectures there. He was the Artistic Director of the 1998 National Black Arts Festival and is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. Dr. Andrews is the creator and host of a new television magazine entitled Art and Soul, which explores the religious and spiritual perspectives of well-known artists from a variety of different disciplines. He was just awarded the Yale Divinity School’s prestigious Lux et Veritas Award, and will be the Distinguished Visiting Scholar of the Arts for 2015-2016 at Spelman College. He is currently writing a book on the musical and spiritual path of six jazz masters--- Duke Ellington, Mary Lou Williams, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, and Albert Ayler.