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Faculty Profile: Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm

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Dawn Ottoni-WilhelmProfessor of Preaching and Worship

wilheda@bethanyseminary.edu

Office: 765-983-1813

 

 

 

Biographical Sketch:
I was born and reared in Detroit, Michigan. I am ordained in the Church of the Brethren (1987). After serving for three years as a hospital chaplain and nine as a pastor, I completed my doctoral work in Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2004 (focusing on Homiletics and Biblical Studies). I am now Professor of Preaching and Worship at Bethany and teach upper-level courses for the Association of Chicago Theological Seminaries DMin Program in Preaching. My spouse Mark and I have three teenage children. In addition to distance/outdoor swimming and quilting, I enjoy traveling and reading books with my family.

Education:

  • Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary, 2004.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Lehigh Valley Hospital Center, Allentown PA, 1987.
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary, 1986.
  • B.A. with honors, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1982.
  • Graduate course work in Jewish philosophy and worship (one semester), Jewish Theological Seminary, New York, 1981.

Recent Honors:

  • Preaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of God, listed among the 2008 “BookMarks” of Christian Century (March 10, 2009) and among noteworthy books for 2008 in Preaching Magazine (March/April 2009).
  • Fellow in Residence, Cathedral College of Preachers, National Cathedral, Washington D.C. (May-June 2006).
  • Believing in Preaching included among “The Year’s Best Preaching Books” by Preaching Magazine (2005).

Courses Recently Taught:

  • Intro. to Preaching, M120 (and hybrid/online version, M120H)
  • Preaching and Public Discourse, M125
  • Preaching Gospel(s), M325/B325
  • Prophetic Voices in Preaching, M326
  • M. Div. Review, F302 (capstone course in Min. Formation/Practical Theol.)

Recent Publications:

  • Preaching the Reign of God: Voices of Jesus for the Church and World (forthcoming, Westminster John Knox Press).
  • Preaching for God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary, co-edited with Ronald J. Allen and Dale P. Andrews. Three-volume lectionary commentary series (forthcoming, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
  • Preaching the Gospel of Mark: Proclaiming the Power of God (Westminster John Knox Press, 2008).
  • Believing in Preaching: What Listeners Hear in Sermons, with Mary Alice Mulligan, Diane Turner-Sharazz and Ronald J. Allen (Chalice Press, 2004).

Websites of Interest:

For a complete listing of accomplishments, Curriculum Vitae (coming soon)

Matt Wollam-Berens
(MDiv Connections)

MattIsaiah 55:1-3
"Everyone who thirsts,
come to the water . . .
Why spend your money
for what is not bread,
and your labor for that
which does not satisfy?"

For me, discovering Bethany was like finding a stream of living water in the desert. Jesus walked out of the desert after being baptized by his cousin John and proclaimed, "Reform your lives, the Kingdom of God is here!" And then he called his first disciples. He did not first make them recite a creed, he did not give them dogma, or theology. He simply said, "Follow me."