2010 Celebration of Biblical Preaching:

Biblical Preaching as a
Matter of Life and DeatH


Chapel: Michael Curry preaching
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Plenary: Paul Scott Wilson
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Chapel: Karoline Lewis preaching
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Plenary: Michael Curry
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Panel Discussion: All Plenary Speakers
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Plenary: Tom Long
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Plenary: Anna Carter Florence
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Chapel with Holy Communion: Tom Long preaching
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Plenary speakers


Anna Carter   FlorenceAnna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Associate Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Ga.

Anna Carter Florence is received her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. She edited "Inscribing the Text: Sermons and Prayers of Walter Brueggemann" (Augsburg Fortress, 2004). She contributed Chapter 6, titled "Put Away Your Sword!: Taking the Torture out of the Sermon" to "What's the Matter With Preaching Today?" (Westminster John Knox Press, 2004)

Michael Curry Michael Curry, Bishop of North Carolina, Episcopal Church of the USA

Michael Curry has served congregations in New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Maryland. He is married to the former Sharon Clement, and they have two daughters, Rachel and Elizabeth.

Karoline Lewis

Karoline Lewis, Assistant Professor of Preaching, Luther Seminary

Karoline M. Lewis is the author of "Rereading the 'Shepherd Discourse': Restoring the Integrity of John 9:39-10:21" (Peter Lang Publishing). She contributed "Gospel Genre" and "Text Criticism" to "Teaching the Bible: Practical Strategies for Classroom Instruction" (Society of Biblical Literature, 2005). She is co-author of "New Proclamation: Year B, 2009, Easter through Christ the King" (Fortress Press, 2008).

Thomas Long

Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta

Thomas G. Long previously taught preaching at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also served as the director of the Geneva Press imprint of The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. His main interests in preaching are in the areas of biblical interpretation and homiletical theory. He has published a number of books on preaching, including "The Witness of Preaching" (Westminster John Knox Press), "Preaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible" (Fortress Press) and biblical commentaries on "Hebrews" and "Matthew" (both Westminster John Knox Press).

Paul Scott Wilson

Paul Scott Wilson, Professor of Homiletics, Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto

Paul Scott Wilson is the author of a number of books, including "The Practice of Preaching," "Imagination of the Heart," "God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching" and "The Four Pages of the Sermon" (all Abingdon Press). He is the general editor of "The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching" (Abingdon Press).



Eric BarretoEric Barreto, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Eric Barreto joined Luther Seminary in July 2009. Prior to joining Luther Seminary, Barreto served in Atlanta as an adjunct professor at the Candler School of Theology and McAfee School of Theology. He also gained experience teaching in Sankor, Ghana, through Coast for Christ Ministries. In addition, he worked as a teaching assistant at Candler School of Theology and at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, N.J. Barreto was ordained into the Gospel Ministry by Peachtree Baptist Church in Atlanta, in 2006. He is completing a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University in Atlanta, and holds a Master of Divinity from PTS and a Bachelor of Arts in religion, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla. Barreto's recent publications include two entries, "Puerto Ricans" and "Hispanic Theological Initiative," in the forthcoming Hispanic American Religious Cultures (ABC CLIO), In Miguel de la Torre, Ed. 

Kelly ChatmanKelly Chatman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis

Kelly Chatman is a pastor in the ELCA and for five years served as ELCA Director for Youth Ministries. Chatman has been recognized for his leadership among youth and young adults and his service in multicultural and urban settings. Chatman has developed and presented workshops on diversity, leadership and transformational leadership in the Church. He has provided leadership recently in the areas of affordable housing, youth and community development. He has been a teacher for seminary, college and high school students and he has a passion for increasing diversity within the church. In addition to serving as pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Chatman is on staff at Augsburg College. Chatman is a Lilly Theological Fellow and was recognized as Portland Public School's Volunteer of the Year in 1992; Mayor's Citizen of the Year for Portland, Ore.; and 2003 recipient of the Tom Hunstad Award for Youth Ministries. Chatman also received the Luther Seminary Race, Church and Change Award. He is married to Dr. Cheryl Chatman, who serves as executive vice president at Concordia University in St Paul, Minn. 

Fred GaiserFred Gaiser, Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary; Editor, Word & World

Frederick Gaiser came to Luther Seminary as a lecturer in Old Testament in 1973 and was promoted to professor in 1991. He served as director of graduate studies (1993-2001), acting dean of students (1986-88) and as registrar (1975-77). As political and economic conditions allow, he directs the Luther Seminary in Zimbabwe Program. Ordained in 1969, he was pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Humboldt, S.D. (1969-74). While there, he also was a teacher of theology at CENCOAD, Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D. He has been the editor of Word & World since 1988. Gaiser has edited five published volumes, including most recently "Rethinking Stewardship," and translated for the publication "Yahweh–The Patriarch" (Erhard Gerstenberger) and "The Song of Songs" (Othmar Keel). His book "Healing in the Bible: Theological Insight for Christian Ministry" was published in 2010 (Baker Academic).

Richard HowellBishop Richard D. Howell Jr., Pastor, Shiloh Temple International Ministries

Bishop Richard D. Howell Jr. has been pastor at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, the same church his grandparents founded in 1931, since 1984. He holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral studies from North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, and a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minn. In 2005, he received his Doctorate of Divinity from Friends International Christian University, Merced, Calif., and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from St. Thomas College  in 2003. He has received several awards and appreciations  recognizing his work in the community, including an appreciation from The National Institute on Media and the Family, and an award from the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office in recognition of his dedication to, and leadership in, serving justice. Bishop Howell is the Diocesan (Bishop) over the 7th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. which is the Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas District Council (MWDDC). He is also the author of “Possessors of the Kingdom” (2008).

Diane JacobsonDiane Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary 

Diane Jacobson is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Connecticut College, New London (1970). She earned the M.A. degree from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in 1975. She also holds the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Union Theological Seminary (1982 and 1990). Jacobson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as an assistant professor in 1982 and has been professor of Old Testament since 1999. Jacobson is a frequent speaker throughout the Church and currently serves as Director of the Book of Faith Initiative for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Craig KoesterCraig Koester, Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Craig R. Koester is professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. His writings on the Gospel of John explore the meaning of Jesus' ministry—including footwashing—as well as Jesus' death, resurrection and the implications for Christian discipleship. Recent works include "The Word of Life: A Theology of John's Gospel" (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) and "Symbolism in the Fourth Gospel: Meaning, Mystery, Community" (2nd edition; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003). 

David LoseDavid Lose, The Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary

David J. Lose joined the Luther Seminary faculty in July 2000 as assistant professor of homiletics. In May 2005, he received the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching and was named academic dean in June of the same year, a post he held through 2008. Lose is the author of "Making Sense of Scripture" (2009), a book that helps everyday Christians read the Bible with greater understanding and enjoyment, and "Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World" (2003), which was named one of the "Top 10 Books of 2004" by the Academy of Parish Clergy. A popular speaker, Lose has lectured and led workshops throughout the country and internationally.

Antonio MachadoAntonio Machado, Associate Pastor, All Saints Lutheran Church, Minnetonka, Minn.

The Rev. José Antonio Machado was born in Puerto Rico and graduated from Luther Seminary. He has been a mission developer in the ELCA and has served churches in Puerto Rico, Florida and Minnesota. He has traveled throughout Latin America with The Lutheran World Federation. In 1997, Machado received Luther Seminary's Race, Church and Change Award for his work in multicultural ministry, race relations and reconciliation. In 2004 he was named the Latino pastor of the year in Minneapolis. Machado has led music at many Global Mission Events, youth events and national youth gatherings. Machado currently serves as Vocational Coordinator at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif., and Luther Seminary expanding recruitment efforts to women and men who discern they are called to public leadership in the church. Machado's home congregation is Saint Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minn.

John NunesJohn Nunes, President and CEO, Lutheran World Relief

John Nunes is president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief, an international relief and development agency working in 35 countries. A prominent Lutheran leader known for his powerful voice applying theological insight to matters from global vocation to urban ministry in the United States, Nunes joined LWR in July 2007. In his more than 25 years as a speaker, musician, writer, youth director, pastor and professor, Nunes has gained experience and expertise ranging from offering cultural commentary to teaching incarnational spirituality to lecturing on postcolonial poetry. He has given keynote addresses at both scholarly conferences and youth gatherings of 40,000 participants. His book, "Voices from the City" (1999, Concordia Publishing House), attempts to capture the complex challenges of poverty, crime and multicultural ministry. Nunes holds advanced academic degrees from schools affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). For eight years (1996-2004), Nunes was a board member of Wheat Ridge Ministries, a national Lutheran health and pastoral services agency. He continued as a research associate in urban ministry at Wheat Ridge until joining Lutheran World Relief. 

Andrew RootAndrew Root, Associate Professor of Youth and Family, Luther Seminary

Andrew Root joined Luther Seminary in 2005 as assistant professor of youth and family ministry. Previously he was an adjunct professor at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., and Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. Root received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn., in 1997. He earned his Master of Divinity (2000) and his Master of Theology (2001) degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Calif.  He completed his doctoral degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2005.

Gloria ThomasGloria Roach Thomas, Senior Pastor, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minn.

The Rev. Gloria Roach Thomas is ordained clergy in the United Methodist Minnesota Annual Conference. She is currently in her sixth year serving as senior pastor at Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, St. Paul, Minn. She also teaches in the mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. She served as associate pastor for five years at Brooklyn United Methodist Church in Brooklyn Center, Minn., and one year as seminary staff at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
Thomas is an active member of the St. Paul Black Ministerial Alliance. She is a former Board of Trustee member at Hamline University in St. Paul and a former board chairperson for The Family Place, Inc., a day center for homeless families. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minn., and Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in education from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C. A native of South Carolina, Thomas has resided in Minnesota for 33 years. She and her husband, Leroy, have two adult children. 

Kathryn SchifferdeckerKathryn Schifferdecker, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary

Kathryn Schifferdecker is assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary and an ordained Lutheran pastor. Prior to joining the seminary, she served as associate pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arkdale, Wis., for five years. She earned her doctorate at Harvard. Her book, "Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job," will be published in early 2008 by Harvard University Press.

Matthew SkinnerMatthew L. Skinner, Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary

Matthew L. Skinner is associate professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary. His newest book is "The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power and Identity in the New Testament" (2010). He is the author of "Locating Paul: Places of Custody as Narrative Settings in Acts 21-28" (2003). He also has contributed to a number of resources for pastors, teachers, and students, including "The New Interpreter's One Volume Commentary on the Bible" (forthcoming, 2010), "Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary" (2009), "Theological Bible Commentary" (2009), and "The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible" (2006-2009). He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Jenee WoodardJenee Woodard, Creator and Editor, TextWeek.com

Jenee Woodard is an amateur scholar of Church History and Biblical Studies, a 1984 graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology (United Methodist) in Kansas City, and a 1980 graduate of Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S. D. After working in a variety of ministry settings, she studied biblical studies, early Christianity and/or textual criticism informally, and was planning to pursue a career in higher education after taking some time off from formal ministry and study to start a family with her husband, Bob. She is mother to two grown children, Jaie and Philip. Jenee is a double-bass and electric bass player and likes watching DVD movie commentaries and reading in her spare time.