Academic journal article The Hymn

John Ambrose Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society

Academic journal article The Hymn

John Ambrose Honored as Fellow by the Hymn Society

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John Ambrose has been honored by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada at its Annual Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, on July 18, 2017, by being named a Fellow of The Hymn Society. This award, the highest honor given by the organization, was conferred because of Ambrose's work as an editor, compiler, and encourager of congregational song and for his significant contributions to the work of The Hymn Society.

John Ambrose was bom in Ottawa, Ontario. He studied at Carleton University (BA), Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, a theological college of The United Church of Canada (MDiv), and later at the University of Notre Dame (MA, Liturgical Studies). Following his ordination, he served as pastor for churches in western Canada and Ontario. Ambrose also served the larger church when he was called to create the Office of Worship at the national headquarters, nurturing the "Celebration" contemporary worship movement, and exploring the surge of then-"contemporary" church music. In the 1990s, Ambrose served as managing editor of Voices United, the denominational hymnal of The United Church in Canada. In retirement Ambrose has continued to work as an interim minister with several congregations. For his outstanding service to the entire denomination, he received the honorary Doctor of Divinity from his alma mater, Emmanuel College, in 1996.

Ambrose served on the Executive Committee (EC) of The Hymn Society for six years, including two years as president. …

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