Speakers and Musicians

27th Festival of Homiletics - 2019 Minneapolis

"Preaching as Moral Imagination"


Frank Thomas

Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics, Christian Theological Seminary

Frank A. Thomas serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Thomas is also director of a new Ph.D. program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric at Christian Theological Seminary. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, a Doctor of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, Doctor of Ministry degrees from Chicago Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University. Thomas taught preaching at McCormick Theological Seminary and at Memphis Theological Seminary. He was senior pastor at New Faith Baptist Church in Matteson, Illinois, and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Thomas is the author of several books, including “How to Preach a Dangerous Sermon (Abingdon Press, 2018), “Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching (Abingdon, 2016), and “They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching (Pilgrim Press, 2013). Thomas is a speaker, coach for pastors and leaders, and member of the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Sessions for Festival of Homiletics 2019