Dr. Alan Rathe, Ph.D.

DWS 701: The Biblical Foundations and Historical Development of Christian Worship

Alan Rathe earned a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University, a worship-focused MDiv from Tyndale Theological Seminary, and a BA in music from New York University. He has taught worship classes for more than twenty years for such institutions as Asbury Seminary, Duke University, and Alliance Theological Seminary.  His book Evangelicals, Worship and Participation is published by Routledge, and he has authored a chapter for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Music and Christian Theology.  

Alan served for twelve years as a worship pastor in a multi-ethnic urban church and currently pastors the English-speaking congregation of an ethnically Chinese church outside of New York City. Two of his favorite things are being married to Elissa Lin Rathe and participating in the IWS community.


  • BA in Music, New York University
  • M.Div. in Pastoral Studies, Tyndale Theological Seminary
  • M.Phil. in Liturgical Studies, Drew University
  • Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies, Drew University