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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)

Larry Taylor
(MDiv Connections)

LarryOriginally, I was ordained to ministry by the Lewiston Church of the Brethren (Minn.) and later went on to earn a PhD in psychology, and am now a third year Master of Divinity (MDiv) student at Bethany. Having been a church planter for several decades, a Bible college director for a half-dozen years, and a pastoral psychotherapist for a lengthy season, I felt attracted to explore the possibility of hospital chaplaincy because of the challenges afforded me in Bethany's ministry formation classes, which were the catalyst to deeper understanding, broader theological reflection, and openness to the call of God.