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Dr. Ralph W. Quere

Ralph W. Quere, Ph. D.
Professor of History and Theology, Emeritus

E-Mail: rquere@wartburgseminary.edu
Office Number:   307 Fritschel Hall
Office Phone:   (563) 589-0307
Fax: (563) 589-0333 

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HT 212W Lutheran Confessions
HT 292W Theology for Youth Outreach
HT 312W Theology of Melanchthon
HT 313T Confessions and Concord
HT 334W History of Doctrine:  Pelikan's Approach

(list forthcoming)


Dr. Quere has extensive knowledge in the following categories and is able to serve as a resource on:

  • Ecumenism (especially inter-church dialogues)
  • Theology of Evangelism (especially Youth Outreach)
  • Historical Theology
  • History of Doctrine
Doctor of Philosophy
Princeton Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Divinity
Ev. LutheranTheological Seminary, Columbus, OH
Bachelor of Arts
Princeton University
Click here for complete curriculum vitae


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).


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