Jana L. Childers, PhD

Dean of the Seminary, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Homiletics & Speech Communication

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CONTACT INFORMATION:
Montgomery Hall, Room 117
jchilders@sfts.edu
415.451.2859

EDUCATION:
PhD, Graduate Theological Union
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary
BA, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

The Rev. Dr. Jana L. Childers, Dean of the Seminary and Vice-President of Academic Affairs is also Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Kansas and New Jersey before joining the seminary faculty. Interests in the arts, spirituality and worship supplement Jana’s “central and great love” – preaching. She is the author and editor of a number of books and articles on preaching including Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre and the award winning, Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers and Creative Process.

Jana is a popular conference speaker, preaching often in national and international settings and is the recent past-President of her professional organization, The Academy of Homiletics. She has appeared regularly on Thirty Good Minutes, the television program produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, was co-host of the San Francisco CBS affiliate’s television program Mosaic and was featured on the Hallmark Channel’s Great Preachers series.

Classes Taught

Introduction to Homiletics
Performance Studies and Preaching
Preaching the Gospel of Mark
Advanced Homiletical Theory
Reformed Worship
Preaching as Theatre
Fundamentals of Speech
Oral Interpretation

Publications

New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching, Associate Editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008

Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life, Co-editor with Clay Schmit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2008

Purpose of Preaching, Editor. St. Louis:  Chalice Press, 2004

Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process, Editor. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001

Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 3, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 2, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 1, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996

Areas of Research

Performance Issues in Preaching, the Holy Spirit and Preaching, the Preacher’s Creative Process

Curriculum Vitae