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UPDATE: Dale Andrews, Former Louisville Seminary Professor, Dies

by Chris Wooton | Jun 26, 2017

Dale AndrewsUPDATE: The memorial service for former Louisville Seminary Professor Dale Andrews will take place Saturday, August 12, at 2 p.m., at Vanderbilt University’s Benton Chapel. Please share with those who you think might be interested, and keep Dale’s family in your prayers.

Former Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary professor Dale P. Andrews died Friday, June 23, 2017, following an illness. Dale (pictured), a distinguished professor of homiletics, social justice, and practical theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School, was a professor of homiletics at Louisville Seminary from 1998 to 2005. He was the festival preacher for the 2007 Festival of Theology.

In addition to his time at Louisville Seminary and Vanderbilt Divinity School, Dale served on the faculty of Boston University School of Theology as the Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University and his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Dale also was a visiting research fellow at the University of Oxford.

An ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, Dale served AME Zion churches in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. He authored Practical Theology for Black Churches: Bridging Black Theology and African American Folk Religion (2002), and co-authored Listening to Listeners: Homiletical Case Studies (2004) and New Proclamation: Advent through Holy Week, Year A, 2004-2005 (2004). He also designed and co-edited Black Practical Theology (2015) and co-edited a multi-volume lectionary commentary series, Preaching God’s Transforming Justice (2011, 2012, 2013). Dale served as co-editor of the journal Family Ministry, and as co-editor of the journal Homiletic.

“Dale was a friend to many in the Louisville Seminary community,” said Amy Plantinga Pauw, Louisville Seminary’s Henry Mobley Jr. Professor of Doctrinal Theology. “He was a person of deep commitments: to his family and friends, to his scholarship, to the life of the church, and to the cause of justice everywhere. It is heartbreaking to see his life cut short.”
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