Dr. Olga Lipina is a Minister of Music and Arts at the Old West Church in Boston. Her ministry integrates practical involvement in the life of the church with theological and theoretical exploration of arts as a source for the congregational development. Dr. Lipinaʼs experience and expertise is summarized in her dissertation The Role of Arts in the Process of Leadership Formation and Ecclesial Transformation. This dissertation demonstrates that arts as an expression of faith brings renewal and leads the religious community in the process of a holistic transformation.
Dr. Lipina received an extended training in the area of arts and theology. Her formal education includes following degrees received from the Boston University School of Theology: Master of Sacred Music (1999), Master of Divinity (2005), Master of Sacred Theology (2007), and Doctor of Ministry (2010). She also holds degree of Master of Arts in Conducting and Choral Arts from the Latvia Conservatory of Music, Riga, Latvia.
Dr. Lipina is the recipient of the American Association of University Women International Fellowship. She is the founder of the Child Music Development Program at the Church of All Nations, Boston, Massachusetts. Her specialization also includes organization of multiple International Festivals of Religious Music that facilitated inter-religious understanding and dialogue between the different faith communities.
Dr. Lipina is the founder of the Faith and Arts Center at the Old West Church that promotes arts as a cross-cultural liaison for different faith, cultural, and educational institutions.