AUSTIN, Texas (NOV. 22, 2013)— Jennifer L. Lord was inaugurated on November 21, 2013, as full professor in The Dorothy B. Vickery Chair of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
“Dr. Lord has made enormous contributions to her scholarly fields, having become recognized as an accomplished and much-appreciated scholar, teacher, writer, preacher, pastor, mentor and friend,” said Austin Seminary President Theodore J. Wardlaw. “We are proud to celebrate this new chapter in her life, and are grateful for her leadership on this campus.”
Dr. Lord joined the faculty of Austin Seminary in 2005. Prior to her appointment, she was assistant professor of Preaching and Worship and Dean of the Chapel at Lancaster Theological Seminary and she served pastorates in Nebraska and Upstate New York.
Dr. Lord received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Ancient Studies from Albion College in 1986, where she was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She received the Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1989 and her doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in co-operation with the University of California, Berkeley in 2003. She was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1990 from 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 is a recognized authority in her fields of homiletics and liturgical studies, an accomplished scholar and teacher, and a wise and thoughtful faculty leader,” said Academic Dean Allan H. Cole Jr. “She is most deserving of this promotion to the rank of full professor and I look forward to the ways she will enrich Austin Seminary and strengthen its mission in the years ahead.”
Professor Lord has served as acting associate dean for academic programs, and provided faculty leadership to implement the Certificate in Ministry program and the Master of Arts in Ministry Practice degree program. She is a participant and presenter at events convened by the Association of Theological Schools and travels nationally as a conference leader, consultant, and liturgist/preacher.
Her book Finding Language and Imagery: Words for Holy Speech (Fortress Press, Elements of Preaching Series) was published in 2009. 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 she has written for the journals Liturgy, Worship, Call to Worship, and for the “Living by the Word” column in The Christian Century.
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