Larry E. Schultz (b. 1965) is the Minister of Music for Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina, and is a productive composer and hymn writer.
His educational background includes the Bachelor of Music Degree in Theory and Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University (1986) and the Master of Church Music Degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1989).
Among his creations are hymns, sacred and secular choral anthems, children’s musicals, and a variety of other vocal and instrumental music for the church.
His hymn texts and tunes are published in The Baptist Hymnal (1991), the Brian Wren hymn collection, Christ Our Hope (Hope Publishing, 2004), Hope Hymnody Online, Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians (Eakin Press, 2006), In Our Own Voice: Hymns of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church (2009), the Celebrating Grace Hymnal (Celebrating Grace, Inc., 2010), Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice (Eakin Press, 2011), the Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013), and in the Shirley Erena Murray hymn collection, A Place at the Table (Hope Publishing, 2013).
In collaboration with text writer, Jann Aldredge-Clanton, he has created two hymn collections, choral anthems, Imagine God! A Children’s Musical Exploring and Expressing Images of God (Choristers Guild, 2004), and a church music curriculum resource: Sing and Dance and Play with Joy: Inclusive Songs for Young Children. The story of his theologically progressive music ministry is included in Aldredge-Clanton’s book, Changing Church: Stories of Liberating Ministers (Cascade Books, 2011).
His award-winning hymns and anthems include: Where Ocean Meets the Rocky Coast (Winner, 2003 Sesquicentennial Hymn Search, First Congregational Church, Scarborough, Maine); Come and Feast for All Are Welcomed (Celebrating Grace Hymnal, 2010, and Winner, Communion Hymn Search, Orange United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill, North Carolina); Song for the Generations (Choristers Guild, 2011, and Winner, first anthem competition, Polyphony Fellowship of Pastoral Musicians, 2009); From Wisdom Emerging (Winner, 25th Anniversary Hymn Search, Alliance of Baptists, 2012), God Is There (Choristers Guild, 2013, and Winner, 2012 “Kirk’s Fund” Children’s Anthem Competition, Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale, New York); SPIRIT- PRAYER (Selected in a tune search for Brian Wren’s text, “We Are Your People,” included in the Lift Up Your Hearts hymnal, Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2013).