Paul E. Detterman

The Reverend Dr. Paul Detterman is senior pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Ill., and a life-long church musician. He is the father and father-in-law of divinity students at Duke. Contact him at

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  • My wife and I had an interesting experience at this year’s Calvin Worship Symposium. It happened Thursday night at the Covenant Fine Arts Center. The auditorium was beautifully prepped for worship with themed hangings and well-designed lighting on and around the stage. The worship team was first rate. And the service began with an inspired playing of a Bach prelude—that very few of us actually heard because virtually no one was paying attention.