The Rev. Jana L. Childers, Ph.D.


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

Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union | 415.451.2859

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.

SFTS Spring 2016 Introduction to Preaching


  • The New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching with Paul Scott Wilson (eds.) (Abingdon, 2008)
  • Performance in Preaching, with Clayton Schmit (eds.) (Baker Academic, 2008)
  • Purposes of Preaching (ed.) (Chalice, 2004)
  • Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process (ed.) (Chalice, 2001)
  • Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre (Abingdon, 1998)
  • The Women’s Preaching Annual, Series I, with Lucy Rose (eds.) (Abingdon, 1996, 1997, 1998)

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