Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Board of Directors has named the Rev. Lisa L. Thompson as assistant professor of homiletics. She will begin June 1, 2013.
“Many believe that Lisa Thompson will be the leading African-American homiletician of the future,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Carl III, president and professor of homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. “Deep pastoral wisdom and spiritual maturity mark Lisa Thompson’s mentoring both in the classroom and the church. We look forward to the excitement she will bring to our campus in the areas of preaching and worship. Joining Angela Hancock, Lisa Thompson and Roger Owens help create an outstanding homiletics team!”
This summer Thompson will receive her doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Her dissertation is titled “The Caged Bird’s 21st Century Song: A Homiletic Practical Theology from the Preaching of African American Women.” She earned her master’s from Vanderbilt, master of divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Thompson received the Lilly Faculty Fellowship in Theological Education and Program of Theology and Practice Fellowship from Vanderbilt and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education. Her teaching experience includes Association of Chicago Theological Schools Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Vanderbilt University. She also served as an instructor-coach at the Academy of Preachers in 2010. Her experience as a campus pastor at Asuza Pacific University prepared her well for interacting with and modeling for a wide variety of students.
Thompson has offered numerous presentations in both the academic and church arenas. Her sermon “Yes God!” appeared in This Is What a Preacher Looks Like (Smyth & Helwys Publishing, 2010). Her review of Those Preaching Women: A Multicultural Collection was published in Homiletic.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and more than 300 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.