Jill Y. Crainshaw

 Jill Y. Crainshaw

AddressWake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Ministry Studies, Wake Forest University, The Divinity School

B.A., Wake Forest University,
M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,
Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary,

Jill Y. Crainshaw graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in religion. She earned a doctor of philosophy degree in homiletics and liturgical theology from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in 1998. Crainshaw’s research interests include liturgical theology, the theory and practice of preaching, vocational formation for ministry, and feminist perspectives on church leadership. Crainshaw is the author of two books, Wise and Discerning Hearts: An Introduction to a Wisdom Liturgical Theology, published by The Liturgical Press in 2000; and Keep the Call: Leading the Congregation Without Losing Your Soul, published by Abingdon Press in 2007.

Crainshaw was ordained in 1987 and is now a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to joining the School of Divinity faculty, she served for six years as pastor of Neriah Baptist Church in Buena Vista, Virginia, as a hospice chaplain, as interim pastor of Buena Vista Presbyterian Church in Buena Vista, Virginia, and as a chaplain for the Sunnyside Presbyterian Retirement Community in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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