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Alumna Lord (Ph.D. '03) made Full Professor at Austin Seminary

Jennifer LordJennifer L. Lord was inaugurated on November 21, 2013, as full professor in The Dorothy B. Vickery Chair of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Spreading the Word: Alumnus Kelchner Takes Reins of Advancement

Simply put, Alan Kelchner (Ph.D. ‘03) has done it all when it comes to the Graduate Theological Union: student, alumnus, professor, trustee, and now executive staff, serving as the interim Vice President for Advancement.

Recent Student Work

Dissertations

Brooks Berndt, Preaching Amidst Class Conflict: A Class Analysis of Preaching in Oakland

Young-Chang Cho, Understanding Metaphorical Sermons as Texts: Gadamer, Metaphor and Theological Interpretation of Sermons

Won Yuol Lyu, The Significance of the Socio-Cultural Context in Preaching: A Critical Analysis of the Preaching of Donald Owens

Debra J. Mumford, Above All Prosper: A Critical Analysis of the Preaching of Creflo Dollar, Jr.

Mary Donovan Turner

Mary Donovan TurnerPacific School of Religion
Carl Patton Professor of Preaching
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1991

Thomas G. Rogers

Thomas G. RogersPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Homiletics

At GTU since 1992

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 1995
M.A., U.C. Davis, in Rhetoric and Communication Theory, 1990
M.Div., Wartburg Theological Seminary 1979

Sangyil Sam Park

American Baptist Seminary of the WestPark, Sam
Associate Professor of Preaching
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

 

At GTU since 2006

PhD Graduate Theological Union, 2004
MDiv Drew University, 1994
MTh Methodist Theological Seminary, Korea, 1991

Jennifer Wilkins Davidson

Jennifer Wilkins DavidsonAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Chapel

At GTU since 2007

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union, 2011
M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, 2003
B.A., Eastern University, 1991

Jana Childers

Jana ChildersSan Francisco Theological Seminary
Dean of the Seminary and Vice-President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Speech-Communication and Homiletics
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1985

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Young-Chang Cho, Understanding
Metaphorical Sermons as Texts:
Gadamer, Metaphor and Theological
Interpretation of Sermons

The Moan and the Shout: James Noel on African American Religious Experience

Take a black sermon, print it in a book, then read it, and you have no idea what it means because it has been abstracted from the living worship of the black church, says the Rev. Dr. James Noel, (Ph.D. ’99), Farlough Professor of African American Christianity at the San Francisco Theological Seminary. The sermon’s meaning, he says, is determined by the hymns sung, the testimonials, the prayers said before and after the sermon’s delivery, as well as what went on that week for parishioners.

“My fascination is with religious experience and its various modes of expression,” he says, “especially African American religious experience, which is different than that of Europeans or white Americans. The disciplines generated by both the Protestant Reformation and the Enlightenment aren’t adequate for elucidating black religion, and this has implications for theological education.”

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