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Florida 2018 Winter Pastors' School Speakers

Sharp Carolyn

Carolyn Sharp, Ph.D

"Preaching as Catechesis: Forming Believers Who Love God and Neighbor"

Dr. Sharp is Professor of Homiletics at Yale Divinity School. Her research explores the poetics and theology of Hebrew Scripture texts. She is interested in homiletics, literary theory, feminist interpretation, and emancipatory pedagogy. Her books include Irony and Meaning in the Hebrew Bible (2009) and Wrestling the Word: The Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Believer (2010). Professor Sharp has edited or co-edited six volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of the Prophets (2016) and Feminist Frameworks and the Bible: Power, Ambiguity, and Intersectionality (with L. Juliana Claassens; 2017). Her current projects include an introduction to biblical prophetic literature (Abingdon), a commentary on Joshua (Smyth & Helwys), and a commentary on Jeremiah 26-52 (Kohlhammer). A member of the Academy of Homiletics, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Society of Biblical Theologians, Professor Sharp serves on the editorial board of the journal Horizons in Biblical Theology. An Episcopal priest, she preaches regularly at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church in New Haven and elsewhere.

Jim Wallis

Jim Wallis

“The Bridge to a New America”

America’s Original Sin”

Jim Wallis is a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life. He recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum. He is the author of 12 books. His most recent book, America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America,was released in January 2016.His recent books include: On God’s Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn’t Learned About Serving the Common Good; Rediscovering Values: A Guide for Economic and Moral Recovery; The Great Awakening: Reviving Faith & Politics in a Post-Religious Right America; and God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. He is president and founder of Sojourners, where he is also editor-in-chief of Sojourners, which has a combined print and online readership of more than five million people.

Bill Leonard

Bill Leonard, Ph.D.

“Religious Experience, American Experience: Spirituality and Culture in Transition”

Dr. Leonard is the James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author or editor of some twenty-four books including Christianity in Appalachia (1999); Baptist Ways: A History (2003); The Challenge of Being Baptist (2010); Can I Get a Witness?: Essays, Sermons and Reflections (2013); and A Sense of the Heart: Christian Religious Experience in the U.S. (2014). His newest book, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers, was published by Fortress Press in 2017. In March 2015 he delivered the William James Lecture on Religious Experience at Harvard Divinity School. Leonard is on the board of the Journal of Disability and Religion, The Baptist Quarterly (England), the Day1 Preaching Network, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and the Governing Board of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He writes a twice-monthly column for Baptist News Global and is an ordained Baptist minister.

Kandy Queen-Sutherland

Kandy Queen-Sutherland, Ph.D.

“If Not for ‘Chance’ ... Ruth and Esther Challenge Qoheleth”

Dr. Queen-Sutherland is the Sam R. Marks Professor of Religious Studies at Stetson University. Prior to joining the faculty at Stetson, she was a professor of Old Testament at the International Baptist Theological Seminary of the European Baptist Federation in Rüschlikon, Switzerland. Her teaching and scholarly interests include the Hebrew Bible and the intersection between gender realities and the Bible. The author of several journal and reference work articles, she serves as one of the Old Testament area editors for the Smyth & Helwys Commentary series. In 2016 her commentary Ruth and Esther was published by Smyth & Helwys. She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and has served as the president of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. She is an ordained Baptist preacher and frequent speaker in churches of other faith traditions.