The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

Denomination: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Organization: St. Luke Lutheran Church, Atlanta, GA

The Rev. Dr. Ruth E. Hamilton is pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Atlanta, where she has been serving since October 2012.  Prior to that time, she was director for archives administration (1999-2002) and assistant to the Secretary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (2003-2012) at the denominational headquarters in Chicago.  She has served at St. John's Lutheran Church, Lincolnwood, Illinois; First Lutheran Church, Moline, Illinois; and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Luke, Chicago.

Pastor Hamilton holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University, and the M.Div. degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  She was ordained in 2005.  Prior to entering seminary, she was a professor of English language and literature, specializing in the Middle Ages.  She has taught at Northwestern University, Northern Illinois University (1980-81, 82-87), and Wartburg College (1987-88).  She also was on the staff of the Newberry Library, an independent research library in the humanities in Chicago (1988-1999).

Pastor Hamilton is the mother of two grown sons, Geoff and Greg, and grandmother to Teddy.


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton

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Ruth Hamilton: Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Tuesday August 16, 2016
The Rev. Dr. Ruth Hamilton says in Luke 13 Jesus points out to the hypocritical religious leaders that they really did not understand God’s will regarding the Sabbath--helping others was not a violation. Keeping the Sabbath holy is really about worshiping God by releasing people from bondage and giving them new lives so that they too can praise God.

Whose Coin Is It?

Tuesday October 14, 2014
In his encounter with the wily religious leaders, Jesus offers us encouragement to return to God all that we are and all that we have been given. Dr. Ruth Hamilton says there is no limit on what is due to God, since everyone and everything is God's.