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Rev. Dr. O. Wesley Allen, Jr.                                                                                                   Lou Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, SMU Perkins School of Theology

Teaching Specialties                                                                                                               

  • introduction to preaching, preaching the New Testament; exegesis for preaching; preaching in postmodernism; preaching through the liturgical year; theology in preaching; prophetic preaching; preaching in the context of worship

Research Interests

  • Preaching in postmodernity; conversational homiletics; cumulative approaches to preaching; preaching and the Synoptic Gospels; preaching and the human condition.

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REV. Kimberly Jackson

Associate Rector for Adult Formation and Service Ministries,                                          All Saints Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA,

The Rev. Kim Jackson is Associate Rector for Adult Formation and Service Ministries. She is a public theologian and a fierce community activist. Kim works to end the death penalty, advocates for women and children’s issues, and is passionate about sharing the liberating Gospel of Christ. When she’s not wearing a collar, you can find her in the gym perfecting her weightlifting techniques.


Rev. Nathan KirKpatRick

Managing Director of Alban at Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC

In this role, he designs educational programs, facilitates leadership development opportunities for clergy, denominational and institutional leaders, works with publisher Rowman & Littlefield to publish Alban books, and consults with senior church leaders around the United States and abroad.

Rev. Kirkpatrick serves as assistant to the rector at Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill.


Christine Parton-Burkett

Visiting Professor in Speech, Duke Divinity School       


Christine has a background in fine arts and drama and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology. She has been working with preaching students and preachers in the field since 1991 and considers herself a professional pew-sitter. The art and craft of reading Scripture aloud is an area of particular interest as well as the care of the professional voice.


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Rev. Dr. Stephen Smith, Rector    

St. Patrick’s Church, Dublin, OH

Stephen has been rector of St. Patrick’s since 2003. He is the author of Saving Salvation: The Amazing Evolution of Grace (Morehouse: 2005).

He plays in a classic rock n roll band for fun and occasionally does triathlons.