Brightbill Professor of Preaching and Worship
Bethany Theological Seminary
Richmond, Indiana - USA
In addition to teaching, research interests include: prophetic preaching in postmodernism; homiletics as conflict transformation
Professor of Practical Theology at the University of Bern (Switzerland). Graduate in Theology, PhD in philosophy of religion and postdoctoral thesis in liturgics. Teaching at
bachelor, master and postgraduate level in Homiletics, Liturgics and Ecclesiology. Fields of research: Homiletics and Liturgy in the reformed tradition, Religion and churches in a pluralistic and secular context, ritual and performance, visible religion.
Professor of Practical Theology in Leipzig (Germany). Degrees in theology and Jewish studies. PhD in homiletics, postdoctoral thesis in liturgics. Experience in teaching and continuing education in church and university contexts.
Assistant Professor Practical Theology at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen, The Netherlands. PhD in homiletics. University lecturer in homiletics and pastoral care. Research includes preaching as pastoral communication; empirical homiletics; preaching and care as practices of faith.
Andrea Bieler holds the chair in Practical Theology at the Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel in Germany. In the beginning of 2017 she will move to Basel Divinity School in Switzerland
Her interests in homiletics are related to the aesthetics of grace in preaching, as well as to political and ethical dimensions of preaching. See e.g.: The Embodiment of Grace. Preaching Justification in the Real World (Fortress Press 2010).
Former President (2014-2016)
Johan Cilliers is Professor in Homiletics and Liturgy in the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is a member of the International Academy for Practical Theology, a former chairperson of the Society for Practical Theology in South Africa, and a former Head of the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology at the University of Stellenbosch. Some of his latest publications include: Preaching Fools. The Gospel as a Rhetoric of Folly (2012; co-author Charles Campbell from Duke University, USA), which has been translated and published in South Korea, as well as in Germany. He has also co-authored a book on liturgy with Marcel Barnard from the Free University, the Netherlands, and Cas Wepener from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, entitled Worship in the Network Culture. Liturgical-Ritual Studies – Fields and Methods, Concepts and Metaphors (2014).
Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen
Marlene Ringgaard Lorensen is Professor in Practical Theology with special obligations in homiletics at the University of Copenhagen. Ph.d. in homiletics, co-author of the International Journal of the Homiletics, Visiting scholar at Duke Divinity School in 2012-13, responsible for further and continuing education at the Faculty of Theology in Copenhagen, including Master program in homiletics. Research interest include: preaching as dialogue cf. Dialogical Preaching: Bakhtin, Otherness and Homiletics (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 2014), encounters between refugees and churches in Denmark and Europe, the tension between politics and preaching and the role of religion in the lives of converting refugees.
Former President (2012-2014)
Professor of Homiletics and Academic Dean of Graduate Studies at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary. Founder of Ecumenical Centre for Homiletic Orientation (ECHO) a Centre which promotes Homiletic concerns among the Laity and Clergy. Recent publication: Intercultural Preaching (2009) [photo: Shine, Durham]
Frank A. Thomas currently serves as Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics, Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration, and Director of the very first PhD program in African American Preaching at Christian Theological Seminary of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Júlio Cézar Adam (born 1972) is a Doctor in Theology (University of Hamburg – 2004), associate professor of Practical Theology and coordinator of the Post-Graduate Program at Faculdades EST, São Leopoldo/ RS, Brazil, has worked and researched focusing on Practical Theology on the following subjects: Liturgy, Homiletics, Spirituality, Social Movements and Liberation Theology, Media, Pop Culture and Youth, and Lived Religion in the Brazilian context.