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Dr. Ken Gabrielse

Professor of Music


Dr. Gabrielse joined the OBU family in July, 2011. Prior to his appointment as Dean, he served as Worship and Music Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma where his responsibilities included the administrative and musical direction of the Singing Churchmen of OK, the Singing ChurchWomen of OK, and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony. From 1995-2008, Dr. Gabrielse taught church music and conducting at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also served as Chairman of the Division of Church Music Ministries at NOBTS from 1997-2008.

A committed church musician, Dr. Gabrielse has served churches in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Louisiana, in full-time, bi-vocational, and interim positions of music and pastoral leadership. The first church he served with on staff was his home church, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, OK, when he was 20. He continues to fill interim and fill-in positions around the state.

Dean Gabrielse is married to Jana Johnson Gabrielse –- a native of Enid, OK. They have been married since 1979 and have two grown and married children. They are also the proud grandparents of Adelaide (the most beautiful grandbaby in the world), born February, 2011. Ken and Jana live in Oklahoma City and are members at Quail Springs Baptist Church where they are very active in the music ministry. (Actually, Jana is very active; Ken is hit and miss –- but he’s always in church!) Jana works at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma as Administrative Assistant in the Church and Family Equipping Team.


B.S.M., William Jewell College (Music Education/Church Music)

M.C.M., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Conducting Specialist)

D.M.A., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Conducting Specialist)