Worship Studies Faculty


David Toledo, Ph.D.

Director of Worship Studies
Dr. Toledo serves as the Director of Worship Studies at CBU where he leads the undergraduate and graduate programs in Worship Studies. Prior to coming to CBU, he served as the Assistant Dean of the School of Church Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences on music and worship and is published widely. He has served as a worship pastor and leader in churches in Louisiana, Texas, and California for the past 25 years.

Hector Gabriel Jimenez

Assistant Professor, Worship Studies
Professor Jimenez serves as Assistant Professor in the School of Music at California Baptist University and is the Program Director of the BA in Music for Worship Arts and Ministry degree program. He serves as a worship leader at his home church, Fellowship Monrovia, and also as the worship leader for Chapel at CBU. He remains constant in his art as a songwriter and recording artist. Hector has spent over a decade leading in music ministry as a worship leader/pastor and has shepherded volunteers as well as developed aspiring leaders. With great passion he has led bands of various styles, choirs of many sizes, and teams in multiple different settings. With a heart for worship, Hector has encouraged many different congregations to sing to Jesus, and continues to do so with great with great joy.

Nia Allen, D.Min.

Teaching Faculty/Worship Leadership
Dr. Nia Allen serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member and Worship Advisory Board Member for the School of Music. An accomplish worship leader and recording artist, Nia has traveled as a background vocalist for CeCe Winans, Nicole C. Mullen, David and Nicole Binion and many others. She has led worship for CeCe Winans’ “Always Sisters Forever Brothers” youth conferences, the National Worship Leader’s Conference, and has traveled with the Women of Faith Conference.
Rick Muchow

Rick Muchow

Director of Worship Practicum/Internships
Professor Muchow serves as an Instructor in Worship Studies and as tthe DIrector of Worship Practicum and Internships in the CBU Worship Studies division. He serves as a coach for our undergraduate students and works to connect churches in Southern California with qualified student worship leaders. For many years, Rick served as the Worship Pastor at Saddleback Church where he led a thriving worship and music ministry that influenced countless churches and leaders across the globe.

Joseph Bolin, D.M.A.

Dean, School of Music
Dr. Joseph Bolin serves as the Dean of the School of Music at California Baptist University and is an active faculty member within the Worship Studies Division. He has served as a worship pastor in churches in Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and California and brings a wealth of pastoral, musical, and leadership experience to our programs. He holds a D.M.A. and M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Southern Illinois University.

Steve Dahlgren

Assistant Professor, Worship Studies
Professor Steve Dahlgren serves as an Assistant Professor of Worship Studies and provides leadership in the areas of musical development for worship leadership. He currently serves as the conductor of the University Choir and Orchestra, which performs numerous concernts throughout Southern California and nationally each year. Dahlgren has served as a worship leader and musician for many years and brings a heart for discipleship and personal development to our worship studies program.
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