Mark Shipp, the founder of the Timeless Psalter/Commentary Project and general editor of Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today Volumes 1 and 2, is the Pat Harrell Professor of Old Testament at Austin Graduate School of Theology. Mark earned a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Ministry from Pepperdine University. He co-authored An Akkadian Handbook with Dr. Douglas Miller and also wrote Of Dead Kings and Dirges: Myth and Meaning in Isaiah 14:4b-21.
Mark has completed numerous classes in hymnody and lyric writing and is a co-composer of the oratorio Hinds Feet on High Places. He performed in a variety of musical productions on the west coast and in Central Texas. Mark comes from a musical family. His brother, father, and daughters are contributors to Timeless: Ancient Psalms for the Church Today. Mark and his wife, Sheree, worship at Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin, Texas.
†Randy Daw (1954–2019)
Randy served the Creekside Church of Christ in Greenville, Texas as pulpit minister for twenty-two years. He participated in mission work in Mexico, Guyana, Russia and Ukraine. He held a bachelor’s degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian University and in music education from West Texas State University, and did additional post-graduate work in music theory. In 1980, he completed a Master of Arts in ministry at Pepperdine University.
His love of music led him to teach at summer praise camps for many years. At various times, Randy was a band director, choir director, and conductor for the Greenville Family Theatre orchestra. He served Timeless as the music editor as well as a composer and arranger, and was on the executive committee. Randy and his wife, Debbie, had four sons. Randy died at the age of 64 in February, 2019.
James attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Austin on a band scholarship before entering the computer industry. While technology was his occupation, music has his heart. His lifelong study of music began at Texas Normal Singing School in 1963. He went on to be an instructor at the school for more than 40 years and is currently the acting director and a member of the board of directors. James has taught music theory at several singing schools and university seminars across the southern United States. He is the founder and owner of The Paperless Hymnal which supplies song slides to over 1800 churches in the United States and several other countries. Additionally, he conducts the Sweet Expressions, a twelve-member mixed chorus.
James serves Timeless as pre-publication editor and director of marketing. He is the publisher, through Austin Christian A Cappella, of the Timeless CDs and other digital products. James and his wife, Wally, worship with the Church of Christ in Hyde Park (Austin, Texas) where he has been a deacon and worship minister for 28 years.
D. J. is a talented composer and arranger with almost two decades of ministry experience centered on worship, music, and communication. He has a Bachelor of Arts in worship and Bible from Abilene Christian University and a Master of Arts in music from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in church music and hymnody at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where his research specialties are hymnody, congregational singing and restoration hymnody. Through his work with Bulls’ Pen Music and fearless4you.com, his arrangements are known and sung across the United States and around the world. D.J. is also the founder, artistic director, and conductor of the MidCities Chamber Singers, a semi-professional choral ensemble in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. D.J. serves as chairman of the Timeless Hymnal Committee.
Cynthia is a graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a Master of Arts degree in theological studies from Austin Graduate School of Theology. She has a passion for worship that led her to serve Timeless as lyric editor and administrator. She serves on the board of directors for Come before Winter, an organization that serves women in ministry internationally. Through that work and personal travel, she has participated in worship around the world. Cynthia and her husband, Bill, are members of Westover Hills Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, where she teaches adult Bible classes and serves on a mission support team.
Ruth Ann Somervell
Ruth Ann is a piano teacher and composer. She holds a Bachelors of Music in Choral Music Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where she began as a voice principal and finished as a piano principal. Music Theory was her favorite subject throughout college. Growing up singing a cappella music in church, Ruth Ann developed an ear for harmonies and partwriting. She fell in love with choral music through her experience singing in a Kodaly-based children’s choir. She began writing and arranging choral music at the age of 12, and this continues to be her passion. She’s written two commissioned pieces for different choral groups.
Ruth Ann serves as Timeless Music Subcommittee Co-Chair with D. J. Bulls. Her husband, Mark, and two children have worshipped with the Dripping Springs church of Christ in Dripping Springs, Texas for the past 4 years, where Ruth Ann taught a weekly Youth Singing Class and a Ladies Singing Class. They will soon be residents of Beaverton, Oregon where her husband has taken a new job.