AboutJulius Melton has spent all his adult life at academic institutions within the Presbyterian tradition - Union Seminary in Virginia, Princeton University, the University of Geneva, and (for his "working career") Rhodes and Davidson Colleges. His 1967 book reprinted here, Presbyterian Worship in America, grew out of his Princeton doctoral dissertation research. He moved into college administration after ten years of teaching, but maintained an interest in American Presbyterian liturgical history. Some fifteen years after his book appeared, he carried its story some eight decades further, in an essay, also bound here, Presbyterian Worship in Twentieth Century America. It originally was part of a festschrift in honor of his Princeton mentor, Horton Davies, the widely-read historian of liturgy.
The author's acquaintance with Presbyterian liturgical practice has also been informed by leading worship in many and varied Presbyterian congregations, and two decades in the bass section of Davidson College Presbyterian Church's Chancel Choir. A member of Charlotte Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Julius and his wife Ann enjoy an active retirement in Davidson, NC, and visits with their three children and five grandchildren.