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Douglas Bachorik

Chair, Department of Music

Dr. Douglas Bachorik joined the Maranatha faculty in 2023, as Chair of the Department of Music. Dr. Bachorik and his family relocated from Manila, Philippines, where he was the Director of Music Studies at a Bible college for the last 21 years. Prior to that ministry, he worked as the Director of Music at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College for five years.

Bachorik writes, “My understanding of and burden for using music in worship and discipleship solidified and became a major thrust of my work. I confess a love affair with music, music making, and helping others perform, whether in the ‘secular’ realm of classical music or music ministry. How remarkable that we can create aural art that helps us see our Creator profoundly and, with the correct lyrics, encourages us to be more like him! After the preaching of God’s word, I can’t think of anything more wonderful to be involved in.”

Looking forward to his new role as department chair, Bachorik stated, “I pray that our service with the outstanding music faculty at MBU will be a time of continued and growing strengthening of students in all areas of the music profession and ministry. And I hope our music department continues to be an effective partner in the overall mission of MBU in strengthening local churches and furthering the cause of Christ in the USA and far beyond.”

Education & Credentials

  • PhD Musicology, Durham University
  • MM Choral Conducting, University of Oklahoma
  • BS Music Education, Bob Jones University

Get to know Douglas Bachorik

Campus Involvement

Chair, Department of Music; conductor, Chamber Singers



Doug and Ruth have been partners in life and ministry for 34 years. They have 3 daughters and two sons. Their older son attended MBU for a year before joining the Army full-time. Two daughters have graduated with music degrees from MBU. Their youngest child is a senior at MBA.

Other Activities and Interests

Dr. Bachorik enjoys riding a motorcycle, scuba diving (not so sure about doing that in the Great Lakes!), playing games with family and friends, preaching, running, exploring various cuisines, museum-going, and reading.

Church Ministry

The Bachoriks look forward to joining a local church in the coming months. They also hope to be out speaking in churches and presenting music workshops.


American Choral Directors Association, American Musicological Society, International Musicological Society, Philippine Choral Directors Association, Foundations Baptist Fellowship International


Recent Presentations

Keynote speaker, Worship Conference 2022