Thomas Troeger

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J. Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor Emeritus of Christian Communication

Professor Troeger has written twenty-three books in the fields of preaching, poetry, hymnody, worship, and the theology of music; is a frequent contributor to journals dedicated to these topics. His most recent books include “Song that Blesses Earth: Hymn Texts, Carols and Poems” (forthcoming); Music as Prayer: The Theology and Practice of Church Music; A Sermon Workbook: Exercises in the Art and Craft of Preaching (with Leonora Tubbs Tisdale); Sermon Sparks: 156 Ideas to Ignite Your Preaching; Wonder Reborn: Creating Sermons on Hymns, Music and Poetry; God, You Made All Things for Singing: Hymn Texts, Anthems, and Poems for a New Millennium; So that All Might Know: Preaching that Engages the Whole Congregation (with H. Edward Everding, Jr.); Preaching while the Church is under Reconstruction: The Visionary Role of Preachers in a Fragmented World; and Above the Moon Earth Rises: Hymn Texts, Anthems, and Poems for a New Creation. He is also a flutist and a poet whose work appears in the hymnals of most denominations and is frequently set as choral anthems. For three years Professor Troeger hosted the Season of Worship broadcast for Cokesbury, and he has led conferences and lectureships in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. Ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and in the Episcopal Church in 1999, he is dually aligned with both traditions. He is a former president of the Academy of Homiletics (the North American guild of scholars in homiletics) and of Societas Homiletica (the international guild of scholars in homiletics). He has served as the national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists. He was awarded an honorary D.D. degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Professor Troeger is a fellow of Silliman College.

B.A. Yale University; B.D. Colgate Rochester Divinity School; S.T.D. Dickinson College

Curriculum Vitae

Expertise: 
Homiletics/Preaching
Ministry
Worship
Faculty Type: 
Emeritus