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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Pittsburgh Theological Seminary President Rev. Dr. William Carl III to Lead a Workshop at the Festival!

Preaching Christian doctrine has always been a priority in the church. Major theologians, such as Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Paul Tillich, and others, are known not only for their systems of thought but for their ability to bring theology to life in the Sunday sermon. They preached doctrine because they knew that an ignorant laity leads to an impotent church, and that clergy and laity need sound doctrine, preached boldly and simply, in order to live and grow in the Christian faith.” – William Carl III

The Rev. Dr. William Carl III is president of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to serving as the Seminary’s fifth president, the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III is a professor of homiletics. Before coming to the Seminary, Carl served as pastor of the 1,700-member First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, Texas, a position he held for 22 years. Carl graduated from the University of Tulsa, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (where he was a Patterson Fellow in New Testament Greek), and the University of Pittsburgh (where he also taught as an instructor). He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1973. Carl’s previous teaching experience includes Union Theological Seminary (Va.), Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and Austin Theological Seminary. He has lectured at Oxford, Princeton, Cornell, and Boston Universities, the Moscow Theological Academy, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, the Kerala United Theological Seminary in India, The Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea, and dozens of other divinity schools and conferences both here and abroad. Carl has published eight books (two of which have been translated into Korean) and more than 75 scholarly articles and reviews. He also lectures on the brain at medical schools and conferences and serves as an ethics consultant to corporations. Carl is married to Jane. Their immediate family includes: their son, Jeremy, a professional tennis instructor in Washington, D.C., his wife, Melissa, a lobbyist for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Jeremy and Melissa’s young daughter, Margaret Lenore (Maggie) Carl (Dr. and Mrs. Carl’s first grandchild), and another son, David, an actor and real estate agent in New York City, and his wife, Jesse, also a realtor.

We are excited to have the Rev. Dr. William Carl III the festival this year. His workshop on brain techniques is sure to be intriguing and enlightening! Please join us in welcoming him to Nashville!

William Carl discusses: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary - Bridging the Word

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