The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies
AB, Albion College, 1986, magna cum laude, Ancient Studies
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary, 1989
PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 2003, Homiletics, Dissertation: “The Sermon in the Ordo: Toward the Recovery of a Liturgical Homiletic for the Reformed Tradition”
The Reverend Dr. Jennifer L. Lord is The Dorothy B. Vickery Professor of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She joined the faculty in 2005. Previously she was assistant professor of Preaching and Worship and Dean of the Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary and served pastorates in Nebraska and Upstate New York.
Dr. Lord received a BA in English Literature and Ancient Studies from Albion College (1986) where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received the MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary (1989) and the PhD from the Graduate Theological Union in co-operation with the University of California, Berkeley (2003). She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1990 in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and is a member of the Presbytery of Arkansas. She currently serves as the faculty representative to the Austin Seminary Board of Trustees.
Professor Lord places her homiletical work in the larger context of liturgical studies. Interest in ritual studies, performance theory, and creative processes for preaching supplement her work on preaching as a liturgical act. Her teaching foci include liturgical theology, liturgical leadership in the church, preaching and the sacraments; women, authority, and voice in preaching, preaching and the Revised Common Lectionary, and creative processes in sermon preparation. Current book projects include Introduction to Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary: Texts to Sermon for Westminster John Knox, a project examining the liturgical and homiletical tasks involved with preaching from the RCL, and The Sermon in Worship, a project exploring the sermon’s interaction with the characteristics of liturgical context. She recently published articles for the journal Liturgy (“The Trinity in Preaching” forthcoming), Worship Matters: Sourcebook for Worship Leaders (“Choreography in the Worship Space” “Presiding Basics”), the journal Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology (“Preaching and Teaching Pentecost and Trinity Sunday”) and Word and World (“The River Flows”).
Her book Finding Language and Imagery: Words for Holy Speech (Fortress Press, Elements of Preaching Series) was published in 2009 and is forthcoming for the Chinese Christian Literature Conference. She was a contributing author for New Proclamation on Feasts, Holy Days and Other Celebrations (Augsburg Fortress, 2007). She writes for various lectionary-based preaching resources including the New Interpreters Theological Companion to the Lectionary (Abingdon), Preaching Social Justice and Transformation: A Lectionary Commentary (Abingdon), and Feasting on the Word (Westminster John Knox). In addition she contributed to the New Interpreters Bible Handbook of Preaching (Abingdon, 2008), Best Advice for Pastors and Preachers (Westminster John Knox, 2008, William Carl, ed.), and has written for the journals Liturgy, Worship, Call to Worship, and for the “Living by the Word” column for The Christian Century.
Dr. Lord is active in her academic guilds. She has served on the executive boards of the Academy of Homiletics and the North American Academy of Liturgy. She is also a member of Societas Liturgica, the international society for the study and renewal of worship, where she most recently presented the seminar paper “Preaching and Authority: A Homiletical Category Reformed by Liturgical Renewal” for the 2013 Congress, Würzburg, Germay.
During her sabbatical Dr. Lord hiked a section of the Way of St. James and in June 2013 led a group of students, alums, and administrative colleagues on the Austin Seminary travel seminar, The Way of St. James: On the Pilgrimage Trail.
Dr. Lord has served as acting associate dean for Academic Affairs and led the efforts to establish Austin Seminary’s Master of Arts in Ministry Practice degree and the Certificate In Ministry program. She is a participant and presenter at events convened by the Association for Theological Schools and travels nationally as a conference leader, consultant, and liturgist/preacher.