2024 Hinson Lectures

Dr. Leah Payne

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM, EST

Location: Central Baptist Church, 110 Wilson Downing Road, Lexington, KY 40517

Lecture 1–“Contemporary Christians: Creating White Evangelicalism through Song”

Lecture 2–“The Battle Belongs to the Lord: How the Worship Wars Were Won”

Dr. Leah Payne

Associate Professor of American Religious History

Portland Seminary

Leah Payne (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is Associate Professor of American Religious History at Portland Seminary and a 2023–2024 Public Fellow at the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI).  Her first book, Gender and Pentecostal Revivalism: Making a Female Ministry in the Early Twentieth Century, won the Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 2016 Book Award.

Dr. Payne’s second book, God Gave Rock & Roll to You: a History of Contemporary Christian Music (Oxford University Press) shows how Contemporary Christian Music shaped evangelicalism in America and beyond.  As a companion to God Gave Rock and Roll to You, Payne co-hosts Rock That Doesn’t Roll: The Story of Christian Rock, a John Templeton Foundation-funded Public Radio Exchange (PRX) podcast.  Through stories of its fans, the podcast explores the profound effect CCM had on 1990s and early aughts American public life and evangelicalism in the United States.

Dr. Payne’s public-facing work has appeared in The Washington PostNBC News, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today.

Dr. Payne’s book, God Gave Rock and Roll to You: A History of Contemporary Christian Music, traces CCM’s theological vision and political impact on public life in the U.S.—an effect more potent and lasting than that of any particular doctrine, denomination, culture war, or legislative agenda that had come before.

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