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2018 Meeting Preachers

2018 Academy of Homiletics Annual Meeting

"Preaching Creation"



Rev. Robert Hoch, Ph.D. has been a member of the Academy of Homiletics since 1999. Rob attended his first Academy meeting in Denver as a doctoral student. He is a proud alumnus of the Hippie Cove Squatter Community of Cordova, Alaska and of Princeton Theological Seminary. As a practical theologian, Rob thinks about the intersections between cultural hermeneutics, biblical interpretation, and community formation in distressed communities. His publications include, Breathing Patterns: A Teacher's Reflections on Calling, Equipping, and Sending (Wipf and Stock, 2010) and By the Rivers of Babylon: Blueprint for a Church in Exile (Fortress Press, 2013). He is a regular contributor for Working Preacher, publishing both biblical commentary and homiletical reflections. In 2016, after serving for thirteen years as a professor of homiletics and worship at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary (Dubuque, IA), Rob accepted an invitation to serve as the pastor of the historic First & Franklin Presbyterian Church in downtown Baltimore, Maryland. He was installed as its pastor on June 12, 2016, the day of the Pulse Shooting and a little over a year after the Freddie Gray Uprising of 2015. He is married to Rebecca and together they have four children, Gwendoline, Imogen, Gabriel, and Iris.


A graduate of Wycliffe College and the Toronto School of Theology, Dr. Michael Knowles holds the George Franklin Hurlburt Chair of Preaching at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario.  In addition to articles in the fields of Old Testament, New Testament, Intertestamental studies, pastoral theology, homiletics, and evangelism, Dr. Knowles’ publications include an edited volume and four book-length studies on biblical theology and preaching.  His most recent study, Of Seeds and the People of God: Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony (Cascade, 2015), addresses the spirituality of preaching in light of the cross.  He is ordained within the Anglican Church of Canada.


Sally A. Brown is Princeton Seminary’s Elizabeth M. Engle Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship (M Div, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; PhD ,Princeton Theological Seminary). An ordained Presbyterian minister with more than 20 years of parish and nonparish pastoral experience, Brown continues to teach and preach in local congregations. Her academic interests include examining the role of hermeneutical theory, the theology and rhetoric of the cross in contemporary preaching, revising preaching theory and pedagogy, and relating preaching to the church’s lived public witness. Her most recent publication is Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place (co-author, Luke A. Powery; Fortress, 2015).