John Derksen

About us

John Derksen recently retired as Minister of Music at Islington United  Church, Toronto, having also taught Church Music at Knox College for  33 years.

John’s doctoral research addressed the influence of Martin Luther’s insights and bold assertions about music on the curricula of  Protestant schools in sixteenth century Germany. He believes that  Luther, theologian and musician, has much to contribute in our own

debates about music in the church.


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