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2019 Festival of Homiletics - Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"



Speaker Profile: Richard Ward


Richard F. Ward received his B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University, his M.F.A. from Trinity University (in conjunction with the Dallas Theater Center), a M.A.R. from Christian Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Ward is Professor of Homiletics and Worship at Phillips Theological Seminary, where he holds the Fred B. Craddock Chair. Richard brings to the study of preaching a rich background in performance studies and practices. He is particularly interested in the arts of storytelling and oral interpretation of scripture as they inform and enrich the ministry of preaching. Dr. Ward is the author of Speaking from the Heart: Preaching with Passion and a number of contributions and articles for the disciplines of homiletics, performance theory, and communication studies. A second book, Speaking of the Holy: The Communicative Art of Preaching, was published in May 2002. He is also the co-editor of Craddock Stories with Mike Graves and Fred Craddock. Most recently with David Trobisch, Richard authored Bringing the Word to Life: Exploring the New Testament through Performing It (Eerdman’s 2013). Dr. Ward served on the Editorial Boards for Feasting on the Word: A Lectionary Commentary Series for Westminster John Knox Press and for Feasting on the Gospels, also published by Westminster John Knox.

Ordained in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Ward previously served on the faculties of Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado as Associate Professor of Preaching and Performance Studies, Yale Divinity School where he held the Clement Muehl Chair in Communication Arts as Associate Professor and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University as Assistant Professor of Speech Communication.

Festival Schedule

May 13th - 9:35am - Trinity United Methodist - Lecture

May 14th - 1:30pm - Trinity United Methodist - Worship

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