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Debra J. Mumford
Frank H. Caldwell Associate Professor of Homiletics; Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs

Howard University B.S.; American Baptist Seminary of the West, M.Div.; Graduate Theological Union M.A. and Ph.D.

"The world in which we live is desperately in need of prophetic voices: voices that speak against injustice and demand both personal and communal accountability. In my classroom, I help students think critically not only about the biblical text and homiletic theory, but about the living texts of their lives, their communities, and their world so they might find and develop their prophetic voices for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ."

Debra J. Mumford, a native of Kinston, N.C., is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and has served as an associate minister at Parks Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Formosan United Methodist Church, Allen Temple Baptist Church, and the Church By the Side of the Road, all in California.

Dr. Mumford serves as convener of the Justice, Ethics, and Preaching Task workgroup of the Academy of Homiletics. She is editor of the new biblical book review section for the peer-reviewed journal Homiletic. She is past President of the African American Caucus of the Academy of Homiletics (2009-2011).

Dr. Mumford’s recent publications include her book Exploring Prosperity Preaching: Biblical Health, Wealth, and Wisdom by Judson Press, “Preaching on Homosexuality in the Black Church” for the African American Lectionary, “Preaching and Plagiarism” for The Presbyterian Leader, May, 2011, and “Prosperity Preaching and African American Prophetic Preaching,” Review and Expositor: A Consortium Baptist Theological Journal, Summer 2012. She is also the administrator and facilitator of LPTS Preach, an online preaching resource: lptspreach.ning.com.
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