Wen Reagan, Ph.D.
Wen Reagan believes that the gathering of Christ’s people for worship is the fulcrum of the Church’s life, formation, and mission. Wen is Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Worship at Samford University, where he teaches courses on church music, worship leadership, and the theology and history of worship. He also serves as Associate Director for the Center for Worship and the Arts, where he cultivates resources for corporate worship, guides strategic partnerships and programs with local congregations, and helps develop research at the intersection of youth ministry studies and worship studies.
Wen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Religion from Duke University, a Master of Theological Studies from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in American Christianity with concentrations in church history, theology, and worship in America from Duke University. Before coming to Samford, he taught as an adjunct professor at Duke Divinity School and as an instructor at Trinity School for Ministry.
A seasoned worship leader, Reagan has served as a Director of Worship in Presbyterian and Anglican congregations in North Carolina, guiding weekly corporate worship while developing local worship teams. He is also an accomplished singer-songwriter, and serves as a contributor to Cardiphonia, a national network of worship songwriters who write new songs and retune old ones for the joy and edification of God’s Church. Wen has released four albums and a dozen singles over the last decade. You can listen to his music here.
Wen is a leading expert on the history and theology of contemporary worship music and has given talks at Duke Divinity School, Calvin College, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also an active writer, with published articles in Christianity Today and Religion and American Culture and chapters in You Call Me Out Upon the Waters: Critical Perspectives on the Hillsong Movement (Palgrave MacMillan 2017) and The Spirit of Praise: Music and Worship in Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity (Penn State Press, 2015). Wen is currently writing chapters for two edited volumes focused on the history of contemporary worship music.
Wen is married to Casey, a visual artist and marketing director, and together live in Birmingham with their two young (and rambunctious) boys, Ezra and Pax.
Degrees and Certifications
- B.A., Duke University
- M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
- Ph.D., Duke University
- Music and Worship
- Worship Songwriting
- Liturgical Theology
- Liturgical History
- Sacramental Theology
- Church History
- Religion and Culture in America
- Sociology of Religion