Melanie Ross

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies

Professor Ross joined the YDS faculty in the fall of 2012 after teaching at the University of Notre Dame, Saint John’s School of Theology, and Huntington University. Her research lies at the intersection of ecumenical liturgical theology, North American evangelicalism, and the worship practices of contemporary congregations. Her most recent book is entitled Evangelical vs. Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy. She edited (with Simon Jones) The Serious Business of Worship: Essays in Honour of Bryan D. Spinks. Her articles have appeared in LiturgyScottish Journal of Theology, Pro Ecclesia, and WorshipIn 2014, she was awarded a Luce Fellowship by the Association of Theological Schools and a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers by the Louisville Institute in Louisville, Ky. These grants will enable her to work on an ethnographic study entitled “Varieties of Evangelical Worship: An American Mosaic.”  Professor Ross is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the North American Academy of Liturgy.


B.A. Messiah College
M.A. Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Ph.D. University of Notre Dame


Evangelical versus Liturgical? Defying a Dichotomy (Eerdmanns, 2014)

The Serious Business of Worship: Essays in Honour of Bryan D. Spinks, ed. (Continuum Books, 2010)


History of North American Evangelical Worship
Baptism and Eucharist in Ecumenical Dialogue
Liturgy and Life
Protestant Liturgical Theology
Reformed Worship (with Nora Tubbs Tisdale)
Ritual Theory for Liturgical Studies
Worship, Culture, and Technology

Further Information

Melanie Ross: defying the evangelical-liturgical dichotomy