by Abigail Morgan
CLEVELAND, Ga., (TMNews) – Jonathan Peacock, a senior Music Major from Alma, Ga., didn’t always think he would follow a path of Church music. Kids always have different ideas of what they want to be when they are young. For Peacock, he wanted to be a lawyer.
While musically inclined from a very young age, Peacock found himself drawn to the business and political fields: “God had a different idea for my life. He was taking me in a direction that I had not planned.”
Peacock was involved in Baptist music camps and a member of the Sons of Jubal. He grew up singing and playing piano along with other instruments, but it wasn’t until he attended a mission trip to Buffalo, N.Y., that he began to feel the call which the Lord placed on his heart.
“When I got home, it became clear to me what my purpose was,” Peacock said. “The desire of my heart was and is to impact lives through music ministry.” As he looked into furthering his education in college, Peacock only sent off one application. The application was sent to Truett-McConnell College.
“I chose Truett because it was a Christian college where I knew I would be seen as a person, not just a number,” Peacock shared.
Even before he made it onto campus, Peacock knew he made the right choice. Throughout his time at TMC, God’s affirmed his decision by providing new opportunities to grow. Peacock has worked at several churches as a music minister and is involved in nearly every music ensemble on campus.
Traveling with the different musical groups has been one of Peacock’s favorite memories. Peacock is attending a trip with the TMC Chorale this March to England and Scotland and anticipates it to be a high point for his college experience.
“At the moment, God is teaching me patience and how to depend on others,” Peacock shared when asked how God is currently moving in his life. After going through a rough patch in 2013, he learned there is nothing too small for God to handle: “I just learned that if God wants you to be somewhere, He will move mountains to get you there.”
As he continues on to a new chapter in his life, Peacock shared of two individuals which he considers role-models and mentors: Dr. Jon Duncan and Dr. Ben Caston.
Duncan, who is the music and worship specialist for the Georgia Baptist Convention, is someone Peacock considers a true friend and the person who demonstrated to him what true worship entails. Caston, the director of TMC’s music division, is Peacock’s day-to-day spiritual guide: “He has been there to encourage me and has taught me what a true worship leader looks like.”
After graduation, Peacock plans to further his music studies at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. As he transitions to this next step, he is holding on to Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Abigail is a freshman Middle Grades Education major and freelance writer for TMC.
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