Generational Unity in Worship Music

In this episode, Mikel Del Rosario, Dr. Darrell L. Bock, Ryan Flanigan, and Patrick Thomas discuss leading worship songs in church, focusing on approaches to reconcile the generational divide.

About the Contributors

Darrell L. Bock

Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany), is the author of over 40 books, including well-regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts and studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the seminary’s Table Podcasts. He was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) for 2000–2001, writes for the Christianity Today’s Places and Space series, and serves on the boards of Wheaton College, Chosen People Ministries, the Institute for Global Engagement, and Christians in Public Service (CIPS). His articles appear in leading publications. He is often an expert for the media on NT issues. Dr. Bock has been a New York Times best-selling author in nonfiction and is elder emeritus at Trinity Fellowship Church in Dallas. When traveling overseas, he will tune into the current game involving his favorite teams from Houston—live—even in the wee hours of the morning. Married for over 40 years to Sally, he is a proud father of two daughters and a son and is also a grandfather.

Mikel Del Rosario

Mikel Del Rosario is a PhD student in New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Project Manager for Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics and World Religion at William Jessup University. Mikel co-authors The Table Briefing articles in Bibliotheca Sacra with Darrell Bock, manages the Table Podcast, and helps Christians defend the faith with courage and compassion through his apologetics speaking ministry. He holds a Master of Theology (ThM) from DTS and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

Patrick Thomas

Current DTS director of chapel music and worship, Patrick Thomas serves as the associate pastor of Reunion Church in Dallas, Texas. Patrick is married to Tiffany, and they have four children—two boys and two girls: Nehemiah Andrew, Judah Elizabeth, Benjamin Daniel, and Esther Amariah.

Ryan Flanigan

Ryan Flanigan is a liturgical folks artist and church music director at All Saints Church Dallas. As an artist rooted in the Christian Story, Ryan's works to create beautiful and believable sacred music for the sake of the world. He believes the church can be a credible witness of God's beauty, truth and goodness to the whole world, not just Christians. He is the founder of Liturgical Folk and a core team member of United Adoration. Ryan Flanigan was born and raised in Chicagoland and has been leading church music since 1997. He grew up in a musical family and a church that valued music greatly. Ryan moved to Dallas in 2000 to attend Christ for the Nations Institute. He graduated from CFNI in 2002 and went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Dallas Baptist University in 2004. He moved back to Chicagoland to attend Trinity Evangelical Divinity School from 2004 to 2007. He earned a master's degree at TEDS and spent the next seven years in full time worship arts ministry at River Valley Church in Mishawaka, IN. In addition to leading church music, Ryan loves reading good fiction, exploring Dallas foodie culture, and building relationships with local artists. One of his greatest passions is writing, performing, and recording his songs. Ryan is married to Melissa, and they have three kids.