The 36th Annual Florida Winter Pastor's School Speakers

Jaime Clark-Soles

Jaime Clark-Soles

“The Agony, the Ecstasy, and the Ordinary: Experiencing God in the New Testament”

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. She is also the Director of the Baptist House of Studies at Perkins. She received her B.A. from Stetson University focusing on both philosophy and Russian Studies. She earned her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D. in New Testament from Yale University. She is the author of numerous books and essays. Her books include 1 Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God (2021), Women in the Bible (2020), Reading John for Dear Life: A Spiritual Walk with the Fourth Gospel (2016), Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer (2010); Death and the Afterlife in the New Testament (2006); and Scripture Cannot Be Broken: The Social Function of the Use of Scripture in the Fourth Gospel (2003). Dr. Clark-Soles has served on the Journal of Biblical Literature editorial board and currently serves on the Journal of Disability and Religion editorial board. She has contributed articles to preaching resources both in print and online (including Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, and workingpreacher.org) and has served on the board of the Center for Preaching Excellence.

Stephanie Paulsell

Stephanie Paulsell

"Contemplative Prayer in Perilous Times"

The title of Dr. Paulsell’s Christian Theology Lecture on Wednesday evening is “The Swinging Door: Howard Thurman on Contemplative Prayer and Our Life Together”

Stephanie Paulsell is the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School. The author of Religion Around Virginia Woolf, Lamentations and the Song of Songs (co-authored with Harvey Cox), and Honoring the Body: Meditations on a Christian Practice, she is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and lives in Cambridge with her husband, Kevin Madigan, where they serve as Faculty Deans of Eliot House in Harvard College. She is also co-editor (with Davíd Carrasco and Mara Willard) of Goodness and the Literary Imagination and has served as a regular columnist for The Christian Century since 2007. Her work focuses on religion and literature, Christian spirituality, and the spiritually formative dimensions of the practices of reading and writing. She received a Ph.D. in religion and literature from The University of Chicago, an M.A. in Divinity from The University of Chicago, and a B.A. in religion and English literature from Greensboro College.

Luke A. Powery

Luke A. Powery

“Homiletic Fire: The Holy Spirit and Preaching”

The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching; Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals; and Were You There? Lenten Reflections on the Spirituals. He has co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. He is also a general editor of the nine-volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship. Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada, and the United States. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.