Frank H. Caldwell Associate Professor of Homiletics; Associate Academic Dean Howard University B.S.; American Baptist Seminary of the West, M.Div.; Graduate Theological Union M.A. and Ph.D.
Debra J. Mumford, is an ordained in American Baptist Churches, USA and is a recognized clergy of the Alliance of Baptists. She joined the Louisville Seminary faculty in 2007 to teach Homiletics. She majored in mechanical engineering at Howard University and worked in engineering before answering her call to ministry. Mumford served on the pastoral staffs of several churches in the Bay Area. She also served as a church administrator. Her scholarly interests include African American prophetic preaching, prosperity preaching, eschatology and the reign of God, and preaching and health.
Mumford’s publications include Exploring Prosperity Preaching: Biblical Health, Wealth, & Wisdom
, Judson Press; “Rich and Equal in the Eyes of Almighty God! Creflo Dollar and the Gospel of Racial Reconciliation” for Pneuma, The Journal for the Society of Pentecostal Studies
; “Preaching on Homosexuality in the Black Church” for the African American Lectionary
; “Preaching and Plagiarism” for The Presbyterian Leader
; “Prosperity Preaching and African American Prophetic Preaching” for the Review and Expositor: A Consortium Baptist Theological Journal
; “Trayvon Martin: A Tragic Catalyst for Change” and “Obamacare: the Good, the Bad, and the Hope for the Future” for The Thoughtful Christian
Since 2008, Mumford has served as a mentor for the Louisville Youth Group, a grassroots organization that provides resources and a safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people ages 14 to 20.
"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