B.Mus., Cornerstone University
M.Mus., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Higher Education Leadership, Western Michigan University


Dr. Jason Werkema is Dean and Professor of the School of Music, Worship, and Technology at Grace Christian University, Grand Rapids, Michigan. With expertise in acoustic, classical, bass, and jazz guitar, he is distinguished in Michigan as a leading guitar instructor. An accomplished musician, he has performed concerts in churches, recital halls, and schools throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, including a series of performances at the World’s Fair in Sevilla, Spain.

He has participated in guitar master classes and/or private study with renowned guitarists including David Russell, Sharon Isbin, Alice Artzt, Chris Buzzelli, John Holmquist, Brian Morris, and Paul Vondiziano.

Previous to his current position, he earned a Bachelors of Music degree from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Masters of Music degree from Bowling Green State University, Ohio. His Doctor of Philosophy degree is in Higher Education Leadership from Western Michigan University. He has served as an adjunct professor at Calvin College, Cornerstone University, the Grand Rapids Community College, and as a graduate teaching assistant at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Werkema was also a founding member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. He currently maintains, a website that provides learning resources and video instruction for guitarists.

Above all, he celebrates his identity in Christ and passionately looks for ways to share God’s grace with others. Interests include reading, photography, audio and video production, kayaking, fly fishing, golfing, camping, card magic, and especially family time. He and his wife, Darcie, have three children and a little black dog named Buttons.