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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Will Willimon

"Every religion offers to help us finite creatures climb up to or dig deep into the infinite. Only Christianity contends that the infinite descended, taking the form of our finitude - Incarnation.  This book is the good news that we need not climb up to God; in Jesus Christ, God comes down to us." -Will Willimon


An elder in the United Methodist Church, Professor Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the UMC Bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012.  Currently Will is professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School and also pastor at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. Will Willimon is a graduate of Wofford College. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, as well as earning a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from Emory University. He has been awarded honorary degrees from a dozen colleges and universities including Wofford College, Lehigh University, Colgate University, Birmingham-Southern College and Moravian Theological Seminary. In 1992, he was named as the first Distinguished Alumnus of Yale Divinity School. Will has also taught in Germany and Asia in various seminaries.

He is the author of 60 books. His “Worship as Pastoral Care” was selected as one of the ten most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. Will’s articles have appeared in many publications including The Christian Ministry, Quarterly Review, Liturgy, Worship and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century. His book Pastor: the Theology and Practice of Ordained Leadership is used in dozens of seminaries in the United States and Asia. Will’s most recent book entitled Incorporation is a novel out of Cascade Press.

Festival Schedule

He will be speaking on 5/20/2014 at 8:45am at Westminster Presbyterian in worship and again on 5/20/2014 at 9:35am at Westminster Presbyterian in a Lecture. 

Additional Info

We are very blessed to welcome Professor Willimon here for the Festival in May. There is a great deal to learn from his wealth of knowledge and experience. For more about him, please check out the following links:



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