Mark Porter studied at University College, Oxford, and King’s College, London, before completing his doctorate in ethnomusicology at City University, London, in 2014. Following this, in 2015, he took up a postdoctoral position at Max-Weber-Kolleg, Universität Erfurt. His first monograph, Contemporary Worship Music and Everyday Musical Lives, was published by Routledge in 2017, with two further volumes due to be published over the course of the next year. He is co-founder and programme chair of the biennial Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives conference and his writing has appeared in the Church Music Quarterly, Ecclesial Practices, Liturgy, the Journal of Contemporary Religion and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, among others. Alongside his academic work, Mark is also an active church musician who has served as worship leader, director of music, organist and choir leader for a variety of churches in the UK and in Germany.