*Please note: Engle fellows are required to participate in the full program, arriving in time for orientation on Sunday and departing after the closing program and debriefing on Friday.
Peter Henry has been the pastor of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church for 10 years. Prior to GPMC, Peter was a full-time doctoral student at Princeton Theological Seminary, from which he earned his Ph.D. in homiletics. Peter has served as an interim associate pastor at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ and as an associate pastor at Myers Park Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC. A native of the Midwest, Peter is married to Shawn Henry, a librarian and English teacher. They have three children, Attticus, Haven and Whittier. Peter has contributed to the Feasting on the Gospels series and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where he teaches an introductory course in worship and an advanced preaching course. He is on the Board of Trustees for Princeton Theological Seminary and also on the alumni executive council. Pastor/Preacher in Residence
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. Convocation Speaker
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
Michael A. Brothers is Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds an M.A. from Northwestern University’s School of Speech, and M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Brothers served a congregation for seven years in Danville, Kentucky, where he also was chaplain of Centre College. His teaching and research interests include the relationship between performance studies, aesthetics, narrative, and preaching.
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.
Adam Hearlson is the Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship and Director of Wilson Chapel at Andover Newton Theological School. Originally from California, Adam received his B.A. from Vanguard University and his MDiv and PhD. from Princeton Theological Seminary. His current research centers on the ways worship has been used within Christian communities as an act of holy subversion. As such, he is currently fascinated with non-conformist puritans, slave spirituals, ancient graffiti, and doctrines of inculturation. His book, The Holy No: Worship as a Subversive Art will be published by Eerdmans in 2017. Adam also co-host of “Technicolor Jesus,” a podcast about movies, preaching and ministry. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Adam has served congregations in Costa Mesa, California; at the Princeton University Chapel; and in Warren, NJ. When not studying, teaching or preaching, Adam shares a life with his wife, Christy (also a minister and scholar) and their two sons. Adam likes to cook and watch NBA basketball.
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.
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).
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.
Robert Hoch currently serves as Pastor of the First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD. Robert received his call to the city of Baltimore in the summer of 2016, just a year after the Freddie Gray riots. At this critical juncture in the history of race relations and economic inequity in America’s cities, Robert continues the legacy of First & Franklin’s work in social justice through prophetic and socially aware preaching. Before arriving in Baltimore, Robert served as Associate Professor of Homiletics and Worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary for thirteen years. His most recent book, By the Rivers of Babylon: Blueprint for a Church in Exile, used communities of faith formed among exiles as a lens for making sense of the church in a post-Christendom era. He publishes biblical commentary for preachers in a variety of forums, including for the Working Preacher website.