Richard LischerJames T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor of Preaching
211 A Gray
Duke Divinity School
Durham, NC 27708-0968
A native of St. Louis, Professor Lischer's graduate theological training is in systematic theology. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has nine years of pastoral experience in rural and suburban settings. He joined the Duke Divinity School faculty in 1979 and teaches in the areas of homiletics and ministry.
In his scholarly work Dr. Lischer has sought to portray proclamation as an integrated theological activity. He also has explored the interactions of preaching, politics and contemporary culture, notably in The Preacher King: Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Word that Moved America and in his most recent book The End of Words. His theological memoir, Open Secrets, evokes the hidden dynamics of ministry in a small-town parish.
Professor Lischer has taught and lectured widely in the areas of practical theology, ministry, religious autobiography and preaching. He has held many distinguished lectureships, including the Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Academy of Homiletics.
B.A. Concordia Senior College
M.A. (English) Washington University
B.D. Concordia Seminary
Ph.D. University of London
- Inaugural Sermon for Richard H. Brodhead
- Open Secrets
- The Preaching of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- The Company of Pilgrims (PDF)
75th Anniversary of the Founding of Duke Divinity School
November 10, 2001
- Light a Candle for Martin Luther King (PDF)
Fortieth Anniversary of the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.
National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
April 4, 2008