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Debra Mumford named to homiletics chair

Nov 20, 2007
The Board of Trustees at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, upon recommendation of the faculty, voted unanimously to name Debra J. Mumford as the Frank H. Caldwell Assistant Professor of Homiletics. Mumford was called to serve as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship last year, and began teaching full time in the fall.

“Debra teaches and preaches with authority, creativity, and prophetic imagination as she guides future pastors in moving from biblical text to sermon and from context to sermon in faithful proclamation of the Gospel,” said Seminary President Dean K. Thompson.

The professorship in homiletics was established in 1983 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Caldwell, President of Louisville Seminary from 1936 to 1964, Professor of Homiletics from 1930 to1964, and a Louisville Seminary alum (B.D. 1925).

Mumford is a graduate of Howard University (B.S. in engineering), the American Baptist Seminary of the West (M.Div.) in Berkeley, and the Graduate Theological Union (M.A., Ph.D.). At the GTU, Mumford served as an instructor and teaching assistant within the California consortium of schools including American Baptist Seminary of the West, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, and Patten University in Oakland, and at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland.

Through her teaching, she has developed courses and seminars on preaching, biblical interpretation, church administration, and teaching and preaching methodologies. Her current scholarly projects focus on eschatology and preaching, preaching and anxiety, and whether prosperity preaching can be classified as prophetic preaching in the African American homiletic tradition.

An ordained minister in the American Baptist Church, Mumford has served as an associate minister at Parks Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland, Calif., and as an outreach coordinator, pastor, and teacher for youth at several communities of faith, including Church By the Side of the Road and Chaplaincy to the Homeless in Berkeley, and Formosan United Methodist Church in San Leandro.

In March, Mumford will present the Caldwell Lectures as part of Louisville Seminary’s annual Festival of Theology and Reunion (March 2-5). This year’s event, “Young Voices in Homiletics,” will feature four emerging and dynamic preachers, teachers, and worship leaders, who will offer lectures, worship, and master classes around the topic of preaching and worship.

To learn more about Dr. Mumford, visit www.lpts.edu/faculty.

To learn more about the 2008 Festival of Theology, Young Voices in Homiletics, visit www.lpts.edu/Reunion.

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