Student Preacher Sunday

Student Preacher Sunday

Each spring, one Duke undergraduate student is selected to preach in the Chapel's Sunday morning worship service at 11:00 a.m. This year, Student Preacher Sunday is February 23, 2020.

Submissions are due January 17, 2020. Please send submissions to the Chapel's assistant dean.

The scripture readings for this year's Student Preacher Sunday are:

  • Exodus 24:12-18
  • Psalm 2 (or Psalm 99)
  • 2 Peter 1:16-21
  • Matthew 17:1-9

Read the passages here (the Chapel uses the NRSV translation of the Bible).

All undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Sermons should be based on 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 eighteen-to-twenty minutes in length, which is approximately 2,200 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.

Recent Student Preachers

2019 Student Preacher

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