Dr. Tércio Junker is Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Sweeney Chapel at Christian Theological Seminary. Both a CTS alumnus and an ordained elder of the Brazilian Methodist Church, Dr. Junker joined the CTS faculty in 2006 immediately after serving as the head of the Liturgy and Arts department at the Methodist Seminary of São Paulo, Brazil.
After graduating from the Methodist Seminary of São Paulo with a B.A. in Theology in 1985, Dr. Junker went on to receive a M.A. in Theology and Ecclesiastical Music from the Protestant Institute for Higher Theological Studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, then earned his M.A. of Sacred Theology from CTS and his Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL.
Dr. Junker has recently been published in the journals Mosaico Apoio Pastoral
and has contributed to Primary Sources of Liturgical Theology: A Reader
, ed. Dwight W. Vogel, (The Liturgical Press, 2000) and The Book of Daily Prayer: Morning and Evening
2002, ed. Kim Martin Sadler (The Pilgrim Press, 2001).
Dr. Junker’s musical contributions include conducting several ensembles on recordings as well as serving on the Board of Editors for the Book of Liturgical Resources and on the Review Committee for the Book of Worship of the Brazilian Methodist Church. Dr. Junker was General Editor of the song book Cantos de Fé
for the III Ecclesiastical Conference of the Brazilian Methodist Church and wrote the article “The Prophetic Action of the Choir Director” for Anuário Coral
- The Brazilian Choral Director Association Conference (ABRC) Magazine, 1999.
Presentations in the United States by Dr. Junker include being Workshop Facilitator on “Worship and Sacraments” for the 2001 United Methodist Northern Illinois Conference in Chicago, Lecturer and Workshop Facilitator for the 2002 Liturgy and Music in Latin American Context at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, and Lecturer on “Sacramental Gift: Symbolic Exchange for the Life of the World” in April of 2006 at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
Dr. Junker’s international activities include being Lecturer on “Responsible Sacramental Spirituality: A Wesleyan Perspective” the 2003 during Brazilian Methodist Seminary / UMESP Theological Studies Week, Lecturer for the Ecumenical Renewal of Worship and Music Seminar and presenting a paper on “Sacramental Gift: Symbolic Exchange for the Life of the World” for the 2005 Ecumenical Institute of Bossey in Switzerland. He also served as the World Council of Churches representative and session facilitator on “Latin-American Contextual Songs” for the 2005 Global Contextual Hymn & Song Workshop for the Church of Norwaym Oslo, and as Member of the Assembly Worship Planning Committee and Assistant Music Director for the 9th Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 2004 until 2006.