Wendell K. Babcock, Ph.D. Legacy Professor
Dr. Wendell K. Babcock is the Former Professor of Music and Bible for the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music (Cornerstone University) in Grand Rapids, MI, where his passion for young people has been felt by the thousands of acquaintances, students, and colleagues he has touched worldwide. He received his B.A. from Bob Jones University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific College. Dr. Babcock was also granted a Ph.D. in sacred culture from World University and a literary doctorate by the World Literary Academy.
Dr. Babcock spent 41 years of exemplary academic service at Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music where he taught various Bible and music courses and served in multiple administrative roles. Joining the faculty in 1955, Dr. Babcock’s impact was noticeable as a Professor (who taught more than 50 courses), Department Chairman on multiple occasions (English, Bible, and Music departments), and head of Library Services. Later when Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music joined with Grand Rapids Baptist College to form Cornerstone University, he continued teaching as part of Cornerstone’s faculty (1994–1996). In 1970 and 1975, he was awarded the Alumnus of the Year Award by G.R.S.B.M. and today a dormitory for Cornerstone University is named in his honor. In addition to his work at Cornerstone University, Dr. Babcock was an off-and-on Adjunct Professor at Reformed Bible College for decades while also teaching a few courses at Free Will Baptist College in Nashville, TN, (1953–1954) before joining the faculty at G.R.S.B.M.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Babcock is an ordained minister (1952) who has been a pastor at several churches in South Carolina, Tennessee, and Michigan. He has ministered in 49 states, as well as internationally in Africa, Canada, Honduras, Israel, Mexico, Tanzania, various Caribbean islands and the United Kingdom. He currently serves at Wealthy Park Baptist Church where he plays the organ and writes church hymns for violin, organ, and piano while giving piano lessons to various youth in his community. He has also been a recording artist for the Zondervan Corporation and has made several radio appearances over the years, traveled with musical groups on more than 75 tours around the world, and met with President George W. Bush. He is listed in Who’s Who in Education and is a member of several biblical, education, and poetry societies. He has participated in various poetry readings across the globe including prestigious events in India and at St. John’s College’s Convention Center for World Arts and Culture at Cambridge University. He is fluent in six languages (English, French, Greek, Latin, Navajo, and Spanish) and done extensive work among the Navajo Indians.
A passionate lover of animals, whose gentle interactions have been compared with Saint Francis of Assisi, Dr. Babcock is widely published and extensively translated in several languages. He has written more then 400 songs, 1,700 poems, and over a dozen books including The Church in Crisis, Senior Moments, and A Contemporary Analysis of The Book of Acts. In 2001, he received one of the world’s highest honors when he was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature. He was named one of the 500 Greatest Geniuses of the 21st Century by the American Biographical Institute and in 1995 the International Poets Academy dedicated a volume to Dr. Babcock’s life-long achievement and contributions to poetry.