Student Preacher

Each spring, one Duke undergraduate student is selected to preach in the Duke Chapel Sunday Morning worship service at 11:00 a.m. 

In 2019, Student Preacher Sunday will be February 17. The Chapel follows the Revised Common Lectionary, and the texts for the day can be found here and include:

Jeremiah 17:5-10    
Psalm 1    
1 Corinthians 15:12-20    
Luke 6:17-26

The deadline to apply to be the Student Preacher is Friday, January 11, 2019. To apply, email a draft sermon to the Assistant Dean.

All undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Sermons should be based upon one or more of the lectionary scripture texts for that Sunday and should be on a topic deemed appropriate to the worship context. The sermon should be 18-20 minutes in length, which is approximately 2200 words. The manuscript should not contain the name of the student submitting the sermon until the final page of the document.

Basic criteria for selection include: relevance of the sermon to Scripture passage/s, quality of the sermon draft, and the appropriateness of the sermon’s subject matter for a Chapel service. The selection process may involve finalists delivering their sermon to the selection committee.

2018 Student Preacher

D.J. Chatelaine III, "Beware of Darkness"
April 8, 2018
1 John 1:1-2:2



2017 Student Preacher

Katie Becker, "Crying with Jesus"
April 2, 2017
Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 11:1-45