The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman

Associate Dean for First Theological Degrees; Associate Professor of Homiletics; Director of United Methodist Studies

The Rev. Dr. Karyn WisemanEmail:

Phone: 215.248.7326

The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman is Associate Professor of Homiletics and Director of United Methodist Studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is the author of the book I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging 21st Century Listeners (Pilgrim  Press, 2013).

Prof. Wiseman came to LTSP from Hood Theological Seminary, Salisbury, NC, where she held the position of Associate Professor of Ministerial Studies, and also directed Hood’s Supervised MInistry program and was coordinator of United Methodist Studies. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Academy of Homiletics, Society of Biblical Literature and Association of Practical Theology. She was a member of the Pre-Tenure Faculty Colloquium of the Wabash Center for 2011-2012 and received a Wabash Writing Grant in the summer of 2012.

Prof. Wiseman was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Liturgical Studies with concentration in Preaching and Worship, with additional specializations/extensive work in Postmodern/Emergent Worship, Liturgy, and Worship Space and Design, from Drew University in 2006, receiving the Dean’s Honor Award as the outstanding student of the class. Her dissertation topic was “Grace Space: The Creation of Worship Space for the Postmodern/Emerging Church.”

She also holds a Master of Philosophy from Drew (2005), Master of Divinity (with honors) from St. Paul School of Theology, Kansas CIty, MO (1996), and Bachelor of Arts in History from Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX (1985).

Elder/Full Member of the Kansas East Conference of the United Methodist Church, 1996, Prof. Wiseman served local churches in Kansas and New Jersey as senior pastor for 15 years.

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