Ralph W. Quere is professor emeritus of history and theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa Called to the seminary in 1969, Quere also served for three years in the rural parish at St. Donatus and LaMotte. Quere’s special focus on the reformers was expanded to include courses from early to modern church history, history of doctrine and the Lutheran Confessions. In 1973 Quere also began teaching evangelism courses, publishing Evangelical Witness and, with Elten Zerby, An Evangel for Everyone—a training course for laity. His doctoral thesis on reformation understandings of Christ’s eucharistic presence was published under the title, Melanchthon’s Christum Cognoscere.
Quere served on the Lutheran Episcopal dialog and as secretary on the Liturgical Text Commission of the Inter-Lutheran Commission on Worship and published a history of The Lutheran Book of Worship: In the Context of Unity. In recent years, Quere has focused on youth evangelism, working on a theology for youth outreach and “producing” musicals based on Luke’s and John’s gospels, with alumnus Rev. Jon Anderson composing most of the music.
He published No Greater News for Postmodern Youth in 2011. After his wife's death, he was called back to almost full time teaching in 2009 which continued until 2013 when he reverted to emeritus status, in 2014 teaching a youth culture and evangelism course and a course and a performance of "No Greater," his musical (with composer Jon Anderson).