Students seeking to complete a Bachelor’s degree must complete a total of 57 hours of Core Curriculum credits. These credits are focused in the areas of a) General Education and b) Bible, Theology, and Ministry (BTM).

Click the link for more details: Core Curriculum 2016-2017.


4Dr. Ken Steorts

President & Founder
Professor of Core Curriculum

[email protected]
901.381.3939, ext. 203





D.Phil. Integration of Religion and Society, Oxford Graduate School
M.Mus. Composition, University of Memphis
B.F.A. Commercial Music—Recording/Engineering, Memphis State University


  • GRAMMY Board of Governors, Memphis Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Fallen Walls (2009-present)
  • Board of Directors, Crosstown Creative Commons (2011-present)
  • Leadership Memphis (2011-2012)



Ken Steorts (pronounced ‘storts’) is the founder and president of Visible Music College in Memphis, Tennessee and founding guitarist of the Grammy-nominated band Skillet. Ken left Skillet in 1999 to build Visible Music College, an accredited, bachelor degree granting institution of higher education in music, music production, and music business for artists, musicians, worship leaders, audio technicians, music business professionals, and ministry bands. Ken is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Sociological Research at Oxford Graduate School after spending years leading and training worship teams and bands, earning a Master of Music in Composition and BFA in Commercial Music – Recording Technology at the University of Memphis, touring as a Dove-nominated songwriter/musician, and working in management as well as marketing within the music industry,

Ken has served on the Board of Governors of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy (Grammys), is a former officer and was pleased to present Grammy participation certificates to his former bandmates, Skillet, in May 2005, as well as be present in 2008 as Skillet was nominated for a Grammy at the 50th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Ken is a member of the Gospel Music Association and a regular participant in the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce. Ken is a regular supporter of the arts in Memphis, from dance to music to visual art.

As a professional songwriter/musician (indie band “the beep”), church leader, college instructor, producer, international speaker and worship leader, Ken’s passion is to see equipped, talented, and devoted musician-leaders make a difference in the world through music and artistic endeavor. Ken also directs Visible Media Group, which facilitates and supports regional music groups into the modern church and to the mainstream media through quality recordings, concert promotion, artist development, and internet marketing. A large part of Ken’s time is spent bringing together diverse groups of people into musical experiences and building bridges between genres and cultures to foster community and cooperation for arts development in Memphis and abroad, as well as equipping and encouraging entrepreneurship among artists. Examples include creation of the Visible Film Festival to facilitate creative dialogue on issues of social justice and establishing the summer program Visible Music Instructive (VMI) in Memphis and in the Black Forest region of Germany, with an exchange of staff, students, and community leaders.

Ken oversees Visible Music College students and staff from around the world, while developing the curriculum and programs at the school, representing the vibrant institution to the local music industry and church leaders, creating opportunities for musicians of all kinds to interact and be empowered, and forging partnerships with groups like Stax Academy (labs and tech help for students and organization), Ardent Studios (audio production coursework), and various churches and ministries around the world (Visible Events in Europe).

Ken’s former students and staff lead ministries, churches, and music companies around the world and support Visible Music College as the only independent Christian music college in the world that focuses on both church and industry.

Ken is happily married to his wife Joy and they have two sons, Freedman (19) and Skye (16).

  • Music Theory
  • Artist Management
  • Worship Leadership
  • Songwriting
  • Event Promotion
  • Music Business Legal Issues
  • Introduction to Music Business
  • Worship History
  • History of CCM
  • Class Guitar/Guitar Lessons
  • Audio Production
  • Recording Techniques
  • Publishing Administration
  • Publicity and Promotion
  • Commercial Music Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Music Education and You: EIEIO (Grammy in the Schools 2009)
  • Songwriting Workshop (finishing a book on this subject in 2009)
  • Death of a Musician: Worship Leader Serving the Minister/Ministry
  • Team Development and Leadership
  • Indie Music Opportunities
  • Local Expression: Writing Songs for Modern Worship
  • Organizational Development/Systems Creation
  • The Lion Tamer: Training Young Musicians for Service to God
  • Creativity and Innovation: The Playground of Education


1-editDr. Cam Harvey

Vice President of Academics, Professor of Core Curriculum (Chicago)

[email protected]

708.455.1414, ext. 1403




Ph.D. Physics, University of Notre Dame
M.S. Physics, University of Notre Dame
B.S. Physics & Mathematics, University of Memphis
B.A. History & Philosophy, University of Memphis
Certificate, Ministry Specialization, Visible School
Certificate, Audio Production, Visible School



Publications in numerous academic journals including New Journal of Physics, PLoS Computational Biology, Physical Biology, Proceedings of National Academy of Science (PNAS), Journal of Visualized Experiments, and Physical Review E.

Additional research interest include the topics science and faith as well as the history and philosophy of science. Prior to his research in computational biophysics, Cam was actively researching the intersection the philosophical tradition of Plato with the rise of Scientific Revolution during the 16th and 17th centuries.

American Scientific Affiliation (2015 – present)

American Physical Society (2010-2013)



Scott Lencke

Assistant Professor of Core Curriculum

[email protected]
901.381.3939, ext. 225




Doctor of Intercultural Studies (candidate), Fuller Theological Seminary
M.A. Theological Studies, Covenant Theological Seminary
B.A. Communications, University of Memphis
Certificate, Ministry Praxis, Visible School
Certificate, Modern Music – Worship Leadership, Visible School
Certificate, Worship Studies, Robert Webber Institute


Scott was born and raised in Memphis, TN, considering the “Bluff City” his hometown. His first entrance into the world of Visible Music College was as a student from 2001-2003, also followed by a staff role from 2006-2008. Scott spent eight years in international ministry work: First in the UK from 2003-2006 as professor of Old Testament for Trinity School of Ministry and, secondly, in Belgium from 2008-2013 as pastor of Cornerstone International Church. His passion is to train people both biblically and missionally in order to see folk creatively impact the setting in which they live.
His wife, Catherine, is a beautiful English rose who comes from Sheffield, England. They have three sons, Caleb, Joshua and Mattheus. Scott loves to blog about life and theology at The Prodigal Thought. His new book, Change for the First Time, Again, was released in September 2016 through Wipf & Stock Publishers.

6Brian Duffy

Director of Admissions
Instructor of Core Curriculum

[email protected]
901.381.3939, ext. 243





Ph.D. Communications (ABD), University of Memphis
M.A. English, University of Memphis
B.S. Biblical Studies, Crichton College


courtney harrisDr. Courtney Harris

Core Curriculum, Chicago campus
Keyboard Division, Chicago campus
Adjunct Professor of Core Curriculum and Modern Music

[email protected]





Ph.D. Christian Counseling, Newburgh Seminary
M.A. Business Management, Webster University
BGS Music/Sociology, Roosevelt University