Debra L. Mumford

 Debra L. Mumford
Address1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Frank H. Caldwell Assistant Professor of Homiletics (June 2007), Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Debra J. Mumford, a native of Kinston, North Carolina, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia; Master of Divinity from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, Berkeley, California; Master of Arts in Biblical Languages and Ph. D. in Homiletics (with an allied field in New Testament) from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Her dissertation entitled, “Above All Prosper: A Critical Analysis of the Preaching of Creflo Dollar, Jr. compared preaching to African American prophetic preaching. Academic interests include African American prophetic preaching, preaching and culture, eschatology and preaching, congregational exegesis, and anxiety and preaching.

“The world in which we live is desperately in need of prophetic voices: voices that speak against injustice and demand both personal and communal accountability. In my classroom, I help students think critically not only about the biblical text and homiletic theory, but about the living texts of their lives, their communities, and their world so they might find and develop their prophetic voices for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Dr. Mumford is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and has served as associate minister at Parks Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Formosan United Methodist Church, and Church By the Side of the Road, all in Northern California. She also served as Youth Outreach Coordinator for the Chaplaincy to the Homeless in Berkeley; Director of Operations for the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California; Director of Recruitment and Admissions at both Pacific School of Religion and the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Mumford was a doctoral fellow with the Fund for Theological Education during her doctoral program and has professional memberships with the Academy of Homiletics, the American Academy of Religion, the black Scholars Group of AAR, and Together in Ministry Covenant Group. She also serves as a mentor for the Louisville Youth Group (a community grassroots organization that provides resources and safe space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people).

Dr. Mumford’s recent publications include “Jeremiah Wright and Black Prophetic Preaching” and “Prosperity Preaching: Will Jesus Make You Rich?” for The Thoughtful Christian. .

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