In the 2017-18 academic year, the Chapel celebrates its strong tradition of ecumenical preaching with the schedule of guest preachers below. See the Chapel's calendar for a full schedule of worship services, including dates when Chapel Dean Luke A. Powery and other Chapel staff will preach. A recent archive of services is available on the Chapel website and a podcast of sermons is available on iTunes. Duke Libraries' maintains the Duke Chapel Recordings collection. (Biographies and photos will be added as they become available.)
June 18, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson
The Rev. Paul Scott Wilson is professor of homiletics at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. He is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada; has served several churches in full-time and interim capacity; and is a past president of the Academy of Homiletics. His research and teaching interests include the history of preaching, rhetoric and poetics, creativity and use of the arts, homiletical methodology, theology of and theology in preaching, and uses of narrative. He lectures and preaches widely in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is a past recipient of the United Church of Canada’s Davidson Trust Award for excellence in teaching and scholarship.
July 9, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Lisa Thompson
The Rev. Dr. Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, North Carolina, is an ordained Baptist minister and has served in university and parish ministry settings. She is currently an assistant professor of homiletics at Union Theological Seminary. Thompson’s publications include “Disruptive and Generative Preaching Practices” in Practical Matters Journal, and “In Search of our Mothers’ Healings: Holistic Wellbeing, Black Women, and Preaching” in Homiletic, The Journal for the Academy of Homiletics. Dr. Thompson’s research and teaching are connected as they both consider the roles of rhetoric, culture, ethics, and ritual in theological communication. Some of her courses include Gender, Power and the Pulpit, Preaching the Headlines, Voice Imagination, and Sacred Utterances, Womanist Proclamation and the Arts, and Proclamation and the Black Experience.
Thompson’s primary interests in service, teaching, and scholarship are the ways in which our religious discourses and practices have the ability to influence daily life on both communal and individual levels. As history has proved, these influences can be for the uplifting or destruction of life together. She espouses holding concerns for the flourishing of God’s entire creation alongside intellectual rigor and respect for sacred traditions and texts.
July 23, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Susan Dunlap
The Rev. Dr. Susan Dunlap is an adjunct assistant professor and director of the M.Div./M.S.W. dual degree program at Duke Divinity School, where she has been teaching since 1995. She teaches in the area of pastoral care in times of grief and illness, as well as the integrative courses for the M.Div./M.S.W. program. She has published two books, Counseling Depressed Women and Caring Cultures: How Congregations Care for the Sick. She also serves as the chaplain at Urban Ministries of Durham. She is currently researching and writing on the topic "The Religious Lives of People Living in Extreme Poverty." She holds a bachelor of arts from the University of California at San Diego, a master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, a master of theology from Duke Divinity School, and a doctor of philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary.
July 30, 2017 — Rev. Fred Davis
The Rev. Fred Davis has served as pastor to First Calvary Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, since June of 1991. First Calvary Baptist Church serves as a community-based congregation serving people of all socioeconomic standards, enhancing their quality of life by ministering to the whole person. Prior to serving at First Calvary Baptist Church, Rev. Davis worked in various fields of ministry, serving as campus minister, youth minister, chaplain, instructor, and associate pastor.
August 13, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Frank Thomas
The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas, PhD, currently serves as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics and director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana. He is the author of They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration In Preaching, considered by many to be a homiletic classic. For many years, Thomas has also taught preaching to doctoral- and masters-level students at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and at Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the CEO of Hope For Life International, Inc., which formerly published The African American Pulpit. With a long history of excellence in preaching and preaching method, Thomas was inducted into the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers of Morehouse College in April 2003. Thomas also serves as a member of the international board of Societas Homiletica, an international society of teachers of preaching. Find him on twitter at @drfrankathomas.
September 17, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Elaine Heath
Dean of Duke Divinity School and a professor of missional and pastoral theology, Dean Heath’s scholarly work integrates systematic, pastoral, and spiritual theology in ways that bridge the gap between academy, church, and world. Her research interests focus on evangelism and spirituality, evangelism and gender, the new monasticism, and emergence in church and in theological education. Heath is the author of numerous books and monographs, the most recent of which is God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (2016). She is also the co-founder of the Missional Wisdom Foundation, which provides opportunities for clergy and laity to learn how to live in intentional communities and how to develop missional communities and social enterprise in diverse social contexts. Her other publications include Missional.Monastic.Mainline (co-authored with Larry Duggins, 2014), The Mystic Way of Evangelism (2008), Naked Faith: The Mystical Theology of Phoebe Palmer (2009), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Communities (co-authored with Scott Kisker, 2010), We Were the Least of These: Reading the Bible with Survivors of Sexual Abuse (2011), and The Gospel According to Twilight: Women, Sex, and God (2011).
September 24, 2017 — Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr.
The Rev. Michael A. Walrond Jr. is the senior pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church (FCBC) in Harlem, New York. Walrond—affectionately known as Pastor Mike—has not only catalytically changed the traditional prospective of black church, but he is innovatively shifting the paradigm of Christian understanding and culture. Pastor Mike is a graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy. He continued his studies at the Duke Divinity School as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar and earned a master of divinity degree with a focus in theology. He served Duke University as the university minister and director of the African American Campus Ministry for eight years. Pastor Mike served as the senior pastor of Zion Temple United Church of Christ in Durham, North Carolina, for eight years.
October 1, 2017 — Rev. David Beckmann
Rev. David Beckmann has been president of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute since 1991, leading large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. Beckmann also founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger. A World Food Prize laureate, he appears regularly in the media and most recently authored Exodus from Hunger: We are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger. Beckmann is a Lutheran minister and has a degree from the London School of Economics. Find him on twitter at @davidbeckmann.
October 29, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Peter Marty
Peter W. Marty serves as senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a 3500-member congregation in Davenport, Iowa, and publisher of The Christian Century, a journal devoted to shaping America’s conversation about religion and faith in public life. He is a graduate of The Colorado College and Yale Divinity School, and was the recipient of an honors fellowship in history for study at Oxford University.
November 12, 2017 — Rev. Dr. Lauren Winner
Lauren F. Winner is an associate professor of Christian Spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She writes and lectures widely on Christian practice, the history of Christianity in America, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her books include Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, a study of household religious practice in 18th-century Virginia, A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith, Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis, and, most recently, a book on overlooked biblical tropes for God, Wearing God. She is completing a book called Characteristic Damage, which examines the effects of sin and damage on Christian practice.
Dr. Winner, an Episcopal priest, is vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Louisburg, N.C.
December 3, 2017 — Rev. Mihee Kim-Kort
Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister, agitator, speaker, writer, and slinger of hopeful stories about faith and church. Her writing and commentary can be found at TIME, USA Today, Huffington Post, Christian Century, On Being, Sojourners, and Faith and Leadership. She is married to another Presbyterian minister, and they live with their three kids in Hoosier country. Find her on twitter at @miheekimkort.
December 24, 2017 — Rev. Debra Brazzel
Debra Brazzel is a United Methodist minister, ordained in the Louisiana Annual Conference with an M. Div. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. She began her ministry in Dallas as a campus minister to Mountain View College and later served as Executive Director of The Dallas Bethlehem Center. She moved to North Carolina to serve as first as Assistant Dean of Duke Chapel and Director of Religious Life for Duke University before becoming Associate Dean of Duke Chapel. She has worked with the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, taught classes in preaching and worship for the Course of Study School at Duke Divinity School, and worked with the Lilly Endowment Pathways Program at Duke Chapel. With a passion for embodiment practices that improve health and deepen the spiritual life, she has taught yoga classes at Duke Memorial for nearly 10 years. She is the mother of Blake, Trent and Nicole Dunkak and married to Geoff Dunkak. Through her business, Minister for All Occasions, she offers ministry services to the community at large.
December 31, 2017 — Rev. Shaquisha (Kiki) Barnes
Rev Shaquisha "Kiki" Barnes is a Durham, NC native who after years of lay leadership in the church answered the call to ministry in 2006. Two years later, she was called to full time ministry through hospital chaplaincy. After graduating with a Masters of Divinity in 2012, she now works as a chaplain at Duke Regional Hospital. Rev Kiki feels called to minister to those at the margins, especially to those at the end of life. Growing up in the church and serving in leadership she has seen the best and worst of church, its ability to both empower and imprison those who enter. She has always felt led to be the Christian who keeps it real and keeps reaching out. The life of Jesus is about second chances and continual hope. The theme of her ministry is, what looks like the end is never the end with God.
January 14, 2018 — Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Feburary 11, 2018 — Dr. Claudio Carvalhaes
Cláudio Carvalhaes is a theologian, liturgist and artist, and a native Brazilian. He completed his Ph.D. in Liturgy and Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City in 2007. He earned his first Master of Philosophy degree in Theology, Philosophy, and History at the Methodist University of Sao Paulo in 1997 and a Master of Divinity degree from the Independent Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Sao Paulo, Brazil) in 1992. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Carvalhaes joined Union Theological Seminary in New York City as the Associate Professor of Worship. Previously, he taught at McCormick Theological Seminary, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Carvalhaes is an ordained teaching elder within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). McCormick Seminary president Frank Yamada said of Dr. Carvalhaes, “I can think of few leaders in theological education who inspire like Cláudio Carvalhaes. He has been on the cutting edge of cross-cultural worship within the PC(U.S.A.). He is a voice of liberation among communities of color, an advocate for young adults, and a prophetic presence among those who are pushing the church into the 21st century.” Find him on twitter @ccarvalhaes.
Feburary 25, 2018 — Rev. Dr. Emilie Townes
The Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes, a distinguished scholar and leader in theological education, is dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is also the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society. Townes' broad areas of expertise include Christian ethics, cultural theory and studies, postmodernism and social postmodernism. She has been a pioneering scholar in womanist theology, a field of studies in which the historic and current insights of African American women are brought into critical engagement with the traditions of Christian theology. Townes has a strong interest in thinking critically about womanist perspectives on issues such as health care, economic justice, poetry and literary theory.
Townes, who was born in Durham, N.C., earned a doctorate in philosophy from the Joint Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary/Northwestern University Program in Religious and Theological Studies in 1989. She also received a doctorate in ministry from the University of Chicago in 1982. Previously, Townes earned her master's and bachelor's degrees at the University of Chicago. She is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman and author of the groundbreaking book Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil (Palgrave Macmillan Press, 2006).
March 4, 2018 — Rev. Dr. William Turner
Rev. Dr. William Turner, Jr. is the James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of the Practice of Preaching at Duke Divinity School. Professor Turner's ongoing work focuses on pneumatology and the tradition of spirituality and preaching within the black church. Articles on "Black Evangelicalism," "The Musicality of Black Preaching," and "The Black Church and the Ecumenical Tradition" reflect his teaching and writing interests. He taught in the areas of theology and Black Church Studies and directed the Office of Black Church Affairs prior to his appointment in homiletics.
Professor Turner travels widely as a preacher and lecturer. He retains active involvement in church and community activities. Dr. Turner held positions within Duke University in student affairs and Afro-American Studies before joining the Divinity School faculty. Before that, he played football for Duke. He is the pastor of Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham.
March 18, 2018 — Rev. Dr. Jeremy Begbie
Jeremy Begbie is the Thomas A. Langford Research Professor in Theology at Duke Divinity School. He is also senior member at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge. He is the founding director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, one of the main aims of which is to foster theological-artistic links between Duke and Cambridge. Prior to his present appointment, he held a personal chair at the University of St. Andrews and was an associate principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Educated largely in Scotland, before studying theology at Aberdeen and Cambridge, he read music and philosophy at Edinburgh University. Holding piano performing and teaching qualifications, he is also an oboist, and was recently made a Fellow of the Royal School of Church Music.
He has published extensively, his particular interest being the interplay between the arts and theology, bringing to light the different ways they can illuminate and benefit each other. His books include Theology, Music and Time (CUP), Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music (Baker), and Music, Modernity, and God (OUP). He tours widely as a speaker, specializing in multimedia performance-lectures. Recent engagements have included preaching, speaking, and performing in universities and churches in North America, Hong Kong, and Australia.
April 29, 2018 — Dr. Ellen Davis
Ellen F. Davis is Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School.
The author of ten books and many articles, her research interests focus on how biblical interpretation bears on the life of faith communities and their response to urgent public issues, particularly the environmental crisis and interfaith relations. Her recent book, Biblical Prophecy: Perspectives for Christian Theology, Discipleship and Ministry (Westminster John Knox, 2014), explores the prophetic role and word across both Testaments of the Christian Bible. Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2009), integrates biblical studies with a critique of industrial agriculture and food production. Her most recent book is Preaching the Luminous Word (Eerdmans, 2016), a collection of sermons and essays.
A lay Episcopalian, she is active as a theological consultant within the Anglican Communion and since 2004 has worked with the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan to develop theological education, community health, and sustainable agriculture.
May 20, 2018 — Dr. Christena Cleveland
Christena S. Cleveland is the associate professor of the practice of organizational studies at Duke Divinity School. She is a social psychologist and reconciliation scholar-practitioner who writes and lectures widely on the theology and practice of reconciliation. She is the author of Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces that Keep Us Apart (Intervarsity Press, 2013).
Cleveland’s scholarly work includes integrating social psychological perspectives on intergroup and intercultural processes with current reconciliation dilemmas within the Christian church and the broader society. Her research examines how culture influences theological/ideological approaches to peacemaking and reconciliation; how social processes, such as identity and self-esteem, impede a group’s ability to reconcile with culturally-different groups; and how individual factors (e.g., professed theologies/ideologies) interact with social factors (e.g., the status of one’s social group) to allow certain individuals or groups to dominate others. Find her on twitter at @CSCleve.