Teresa L. Fry Brown

Bandy Professor of Preaching
Teresa L. Fry Brown
Phone: 404.727.4436
    • PhD, Iliff School of Theology and University of Denver, 1996
    • MDiv, Iliff School of Theology, 1988
    • MS, University of Central Missouri, 1975
    • BS, University of Central Missouri, 1973

    The Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown is the Bandy Professor of Preaching, a chaired professorship created in 1986 with a gift from B. Jackson Bandy that is considered by many to be the country’s premier chair in homiletics. Fry Brown has taught at Candler since 1994, and in 2010, she became the first African American woman to attain the rank of full professor. She also served as the Director of Candler’s Black Church Studies program until 2015.

    Fry Brown’s research interests include homiletics, womanism, womanist ethics, socio-cultural transformation, and African diaspora history focusing on African American spiritual values. In addition to five monographs and four books, she has written articles and chapters for over a dozen more, including Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body and Animation in Proclamation (Fortress Press, 2008); Can A Sister Get a Little Help: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry (Pilgrim Press, 2008); and Weary Throats and New Song: Black Women Proclaiming God’s Word (Abingdon Press, 2003).

    A former speech pathologist, Fry Brown is ordained in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church and currently serves as the denomination’s historiographer. She is a member of several scholarly guilds, including the Society for the Study of Black Religion, the American Academy of Religion, and the Academy of Homiletics.

    In 2014, Candler students chose Fry Brown as “Faculty Person of the Year.”

    Selected Publications

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    "Reestablishing the Purpose and Power of the Preached Word through Black Church Studies," in The Black Church Studies ReaderPalgrave Macmillan2016

    "Matthew 15:1-11, 12-20, 21-28" Homiletical Strategy entries, in Feasting on the Gospels, Matthew vol 2Westminster John Knox2013

    "Opening Pandora's Box: Reflections on Sexuality for the Bible-Based Church" in Doing Church: A Practical Guide for MinistryNew Seasons Press2010

    "Poetic Persuasion: A Master Class on Speaking the Truth to Power," in Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. TaylorMercer University Press2010

    Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation Fortress Press2008

    Can a Sistah Get a Little Help?: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in Ministry Pilgrim Press2008

    African American History Month Devotions Abingdon Press2006

    Weary Throats and New Songs: Black Women Proclaiming God's Word Abingdon Press2003

    "Birthing A Sermon" in Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative ProcessChalice Press2001

    God Don't Like Ugly: African American Women Handing on Spiritual Values Abingdon Press2000

    Selected Awards

    Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2017.

    Lifetime Achievement Recognition Award, American Academy of Religion Black Religious Scholars Group

    Service of Word and Table, Cannon Chapel, September 26, 2017

    Ash Wednesday Sermon, Cannon Chapel, March 1, 2017

    Candler Convocation, Cannon Chapel, August 25, 2016

    Service of Word, Cannon Chapel, October 27, 2015

    "Emanuel AME Church: the latest victim of violence against black churches," - Religion News Service, June 18, 2015

    "On-the-Job Courage" - Prophetic Voices Centennial Academic Conference, Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, March 20, 2015

    "Power and Paucity of 21st Century Preaching" - Candler Practical Ministry Webinars, November 11, 2014

    "Did Obama's pastor preach hate?" - The Christian Science Monitor, March 28, 2008

    Selected Courses

    Introduction to Preaching

    Preaching, Language, and Popular Culture

    Contemporary Black Preaching

    Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar

    Black Church Studies Colloquy

    Transformative Voices

    Women and Preaching

    Prophetic Voices for a New Century