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John Lester Ruth

Research Professor of Christian Worship
Divinity School
90968, 059D Langford, Durham, NC 27708
90968, Duke Divinity School, 059D Langford, Durham, NC 27708-0968


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 Appointments & Affiliations

Research Professor of Christian Worship · 2011 - Present Divinity School

Education, Training & Certifications

University of Notre Dame · 1996 Ph.D.
University of Notre Dame · 1994 M.A.