Ruth Duck is Professor of Worship at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and author of several books about worship. Her hymn texts are published in Baptist, United Methodist, United Church of Christ, and United Church of Canada hymnals.
Prior to arriving at Garrett in 1989, she served as pastor at United Church of Christ parishes in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Her undergraduate work was done at Southwestern-at-Memphis University, which is now called Rhodes College.
Ruth holds two masters degrees- one from Chicago Theological Seminary and one from the University of Notre Dame. Her doctorate in theology was earned at Boston University. Her academic credentials are weighty ones and balance beautifully with her pastoral experience dealing with the everyday tasks as the spiritual leader of a parish community.
Ruth’s powerful texts have emerged as the major part of the cutting edge of language that speaks of God in universal terms and in poetry that is as poignant as it is stoic.