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The Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman

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

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Phone: 215.248.7326

Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman is an Elder in The United Methodist Church, but is transitioning to the United Church of Christ. She has fifteen years of experience pastoring churches in both Kansas and New Jersey. Dr. Wiseman’s studies for her doctorate took place at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where she worked with Leonard Sweet for four years. Her degree is in Liturgical Studies/Preaching and Worship, with major study in the Emerging Church Movement.

She has led numerous workshops and taught classes in several seminaries regarding preaching, worship, the emerging church, pastoral administration, clergy self-care, and other important pastoral topics — especially preaching for a new day. She is especially interested in engaging the emerging church for vital ministry ideas, equipping communities to take on new models for church, and employing postmodern ideas in communities of faith to reengage younger generations in preaching and worship. Dr. Wiseman’s book I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging the 21st Century Listener was published by Pilgrim Press in 2013 and she is working on a follow-up book. Dr. Wiseman has spoken at numerous regional and national events on preaching, worship, and social media’s role in both. She is an Advisory Board member for Odyssey Network’s ONScripture and writes for them and The Huffington Post.

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