John Lester Ruth
Research Professor of Christian Worship

Lester Ruth is a historian of Christian worship with particular interests in the early church and the last 250 years, especially the history of contemporary worship. He is passionate about enriching the worship life of current congregations, regardless of style. He believes that careful reflection on the worship of other Christians—whether past or present, whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox—can serve to enrich the church today.

Dr. Ruth specializes in the history of Contemporary Praise and Worship.

Current Research Interests

I am focused on developing a fuller liturgical history of the band-based form of worship that has swept the globe, especially among Pentecostals and evangelicalism. Known as Contemporary Worship by some and Praise & Worship by others, this way of worship's history is little known apart from the history of its music. I am working to fill in the remainder of this history.

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