19th Philip Edgcumbe Hughes Lecture Series (2016)
Ken Myers did his first radio interview when he was 19 working in college radio. His first guest was Johnny Cash. Although he wonders at times whether he peaked early, Myers insists that sociologists, historians, psychologists, and even economists can be just as interesting as country music singers.
After completing his B.A. in communications with an emphasis in film theory, Myers went to work for National Public Radio, editing material for arts and performance programs. After three years, he decided to go to seminary in order to pursue a teaching ministry. He realized how theologically ill-prepared most Christians (including himself) were to contend with the non-Christian worldviews increasingly prevalent in major cultural institutions.
But having finished an M.A.R. at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1979 and finding no institutions committed to the sort of cultural apologetics he thought were needed by the Church, he accepted an offer to return to NPR to serve as arts and humanities editor for the then-new program Morning Edition.
A budgetary crisis in the 1980s cost Myers his job, but the pursuit of this vision of cultural apologetics eventually led to his establishing MARS HILL AUDIO in 1992, after having edited a number of print publications and worked with Richard John Neuhaus and Charles Colson. Since then, he has interviewed hundred of leading scholars and public intellectuals on their areas of cultural expertise. He writes a regular column for Touchstone magazine and is the author of All God's Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (2nd ed., Crossway, 2012). He also writes frequently for various publications, many of which are available online.
Ken Myers lives in the rolling countryside of central Virginia north of Charlottesville with his wife, Kate, and daughter, Susannah. His son, Jonathan, lives with his family in Washington State.
A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Graham Schultz currently serves as Assistant Organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas. He holds the Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. While in Cleveland, he was Organist and Choirmaster of St. James, E. 55th where he oversaw a professional music program in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. Prior to studying in Cleveland, Mr. Schultz attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in northern Michigan where, upon graduation, he was awarded the Fine Arts Award in Organ Performance. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Schultz was the Lloyd Cast Organ Fellow at the Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, NY where he served as the principal organist and assisted in overseeing the nation’s oldest continuously-performing Choir of Men and Boys. He has served as an accompanist for multiple choral residencies in Britain including at the Cathedrals of Durham, Gloucester, Hereford, Rochester, and St. Patrick’s, Dublin. Most recently he accompanied the Incarnation Choir on their 2014 tour to Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Mr. Schultz has been heard on American Public Media’s Pipedreams and on national broadcasts of With Heart and Voice. In 2015, Mr. Schultz was awarded the Associateship Certificate by the American Guild of Organists. His teachers have included Thomas Bara, Charles Rigsby, and Todd Wilson. Mr. Schultz currently serves as a Regional Councilor for the Association of Anglican Musicians.