Leadership and Faculty

Nancy Lammers-Gross
Engle Faculty

Gerald C. Liu
Engle Faculty

Anathea Portier-Young
Convocation Speaker

Jared E. Alcántara
Engle Faculty

Shauna Hannan
Engle Faculty

Randy Barge
Pastor-In-Residence

Y. Joy Harris-Smith
Engle Faculty

Raquel Lettsome
Engle Faculty

Patrick Johnson
Engle Faculty

Sally Brown
Director of the Engle Institute

Martin Tel
Musician and Worship Leader

 

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Nancy Lammers-Gross


Nancy Lammers Gross is the Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry  at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned both her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the National Communication Association/Religious Communication Association, and numerous academic administration professional organizations. Her areas of teaching interest include speech communication, preaching, worship, and hermeneutics. Her most recent book is, Women’s Voices and the Practice of Preaching, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Nancy has served churches in California and New Jersey. She also served for ten years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the New Brunswick Presbytery, four of those years as co-moderator.

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Gerald C. Liu

Gerald C. Liu is Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching at Princeton Theological School. An ordained United Methodist Elder of the Mississippi Annual Conference, he also serves as a Minister in Residence at the Church of the Village, a United Methodist Congregation in Manhattan. He is the son of culturally Buddhist immigrants from Taiwan, and is the author of Music and the Generosity of God (Palgrave, 2017).

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Anathea Portier-Young

Anathea Portier-Young is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School and holds degrees from Yale, Graduate Theological Union, and Duke University. She is the author of the award-winning book Apocalypse against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Eerdmans, 2011), and is co-editor with Greg Sterling of a forthcoming volume entitled Scripture and Justice (Rowman, 2018). Her current book project, Prophecy in the Body, locates embodied experience at the heart of ancient Israelite and Judean prophecy. Anathea co-teaches a course on Preaching from the Old Testament and is a frequent contributor to the website workingpreacher.org.

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Jared E. Alcántara

Jared E. Alcántara is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.  He holds degrees from Wheaton College, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, New College, University of Edinburgh, and Princeton Theological Seminary.  His first book Crossover Preaching examines the homiletical contribution of one of the great African American preachers of the twentieth century: Dr. Gardner C. Taylor. His most recent book Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching considers the lessons that preachers can learn from Dr. Taylor’s preaching.  Jared has served as a youth pastor and associate pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oregon and, from 2010-2014, he served as a teaching pastor in Ewing, New Jersey. He is passionate about equipping students to preach in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring.

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Rev. Dr. Shauna Hannan


Shauna Hannan is Associate Professor of Homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (of California Lutheran University) and Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. She received her Ph.D. in Practical Theology (Homiletics) from Princeton Theological Seminary. Her published work can be found in Word & World, Dialog, Current in Theology and Mission, Journal of Lutheran Ethics and Ecumenical Trends. You can find her biblical commentaries for preachers on workingpreacher.org, in The Christian Century, New Proclamation and Sundays & Seasons. She is co-editor of Eco-Lutheranism: Lutheran Perspectives on Ecology. Shauna has been an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) since 1998.

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Randy Barge

Randy Barge is pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Olney in urban Philadelphia.  He has also served as Pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church in the Philadelphia Presbytery and as Pastoral Assistant at Oakhurst Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Georgia.  Randy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University and a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary.

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Y. Joy Harris-Smith

Joy Harris-Smith, is a burgeoning scholar in the field of Communication & Culture, and is Lecturer in Speech at Princeton Theological Seminary. While still pursuing her doctorate at Howard University, she was selected for the Clarion University Frederick Douglas Teaching Scholars Fellowship. She has demonstrated excellence in teaching speech and human communication at Howard University and demonstrated her scholarship at regional and national conferences. Her most recent publication is Spiritual Health Identity: placing black women’s lives in the center of analysis in “Gender and Diversity Issues in Religious-Based Institutions and Organizations (2015).” During her higher education experience, she studied abroad in Senegal, West Africa, and in the Dominican Republic.

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Racquel Lettsome


Raquel St. Clair Lettsome is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church currently serving as Associate Minister at Union A.M.E. Church in Warwick, NY.  She is also the managing partner of Say AMEN! (www.sayamen.org), a digital clearinghouse for preaching, teaching, and worship arts.  For 16 years, Raquel served as the first female Executive Minister of the historic 4000 member St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in Newark, NJ.  A graduate of Yale University (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D.), she is a New Testament scholar whose most recent publications include the commentary essay on Mark’s Gospel in Commentary on the New Testament (Fortress Press);the three pastoral essays for Feasting on the Gospels commentary series (Westminster John Knox); and an essay in More Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Best Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons.  Racquel is the proud wife of the Rev. Lydell C. Lettsome, M.D. and mother of Tiffany Simone and Luke Charles. Engle Faculty

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Martin Tel

Martin Tel is the C. F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey.  At the seminary Martin conducts the seminary choirs, teaches courses in church music, and administers the music for the daily seminary worship services.  He served as senior editor of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Faith Alive, 2012) and on the editorial committee producing a new hymnal for the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America denominations, Lift Up Your Hearts (June, 2013). Musician and Worship Leader

 

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Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, North Carolina and an active member of the Academy of Homiletics. He is also the author of The Mission of Preaching: Equipping God’s People for Faithful Witness (2015). He earned both an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary, and was a pastor in New Jersey and regular adjunct faculty in Speech Communication, Worship, and Preaching at PTS before moving to North Carolina in 2015. His areas of research interest are missional theology and preaching, worship theology and practice, and leadership development.  Engle Faculty

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Sally Brown

Sally A. Brown is Princeton Seminary’s Elizabeth M. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship and the Director of the Engle Institute of Preaching.  She has an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister with more than 20 years of parish and nonparish pastoral experience prior to beginning her academic career, she continues to teach and preach in local congregations. Her academic interests include the theology and rhetoric of the cross in contemporary preaching, with attention to issues raised by feminist theology and postmodern theories of discourse; exploring the history, theology, and rhetoric of women’s preaching in a range of cultural contexts; identifying trajectories of continuity and change in worship today, with attention to the what and why of Christian worship, theologically, as well as the difference context makes in worship practices; and hermeneutical theory and constructive practical theology. She teaches preaching and worship as well as a PhD seminar in theories of interpretation and constructive practical theology.  Her publications include Cross Talk: Preaching Redemption Here and Now and Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for your Time and Place, with Luke A. Powery.  Director of the Engle Institute

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