William Turner, Jr.

James T. and Alice Mead Cleland Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Preaching


B.S., M.Div., Ph.D., Duke University

Professor Turner's ongoing work focuses on pneumatology and the tradition of spirituality and preaching within the black church. Articles on "Black Evangelicalism," "The Musicality of Black Preaching," and "The Black Church and the Ecumenical Tradition" reflect his teaching and writing interests. He taught in the areas of theology and Black Church Studies and directed the Office of Black Church Affairs prior to his appointment in homiletics.

Professor Turner travels widely as a preacher and lecturer. He retains active involvement in church and community activities. Dr. Turner held positions within Duke University in student affairs and Afro-American Studies before joining the Divinity School faculty. Before that, he played football for Duke. He is the pastor of Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham.




  • Cleophus James LaRue, Heart of Black Preaching
  • Yves Congar, David Smith (translator), I Believe in the Holy Spirit (Milestones in Catholic Theology)
  • C. Eric Lincoln, Lawrence H. Mamiya (contributor), The Black Church in the African American Experience

Recent Courses

  • Theology and Practice of Preaching
  • Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
  • Theology in Preaching
  • Preaching the Resurrection