Philadelphia Theological Institute's 2022 Preaching Day


Thursday, October 27th, 2022


9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 West Lancaster Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301

2022 PTI Preaching Day

All are welcome to attend Philadelphia Theological Institute's 2022 Preaching Day.  The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery, Dean of Duke University Chapel and a professor of homiletics (the art of preaching) at Duke University, is one of the nation's best known preachers and experts on the art of preaching. The day is designed for preachers - but anyone interested is also welcome to attend.

The theme for the day is 'Singing the Gospel: The Spirituals as a Homiletical Resource'. Rev. Powery will be exploring how the Spirituals, the songs of enslaved Blacks, can serve as a resource for proclaiming the gospel today.

Rev. Powery's teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. 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. Powery served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American Lectionary and is the recipient of numerous scholastic fellowships and awards. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of twenty outstanding black ministers under the age of forty who are helping shape the future direction of the church. More recently, in 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his bachelor of arts in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his master of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his doctor of theology from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. He is married to Gail Powery, and the couple has two children.

The day begins with registration and coffee at 9:30am.  Lunch will be provided, so please register.  The day is $20 but  if you are a clergy whose parish is unable to support continuing education, please feel free to attend free of charge.