Teresa Fry Brown

Teresa L. Fry Brown

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs; Bandy Professor of Preaching


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


(404) 727-4436


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, executive director of research and scholarship, and editor of the AME Review. She currently serves as the vice chair of the AME General Officer’s Council, and convened the inaugural AME Scholar’s Convocation in 2018. She is a member of several scholarly guilds, including the Society for the Study of Black Religion; the Academy of Homiletics, where she currently serves as second vice president; and the American Academy of Religion, where she is the co-chair on the Womanist Approaches to Society and Religion group.

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


African American History & Devotions: Readings and Activities for Individuals, Families, and CommunitiesAbingdon Press, 2018

Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in ProclamationFortress Press, 2008

Can a Sistah Get a Little Help?: Advice and Encouragement for Black Women in MinistryPilgrim Press, 2008

African American History Month Devotions, Abingdon Press, 2006

Weary Throats and New Songs: Black Women Proclaiming God’s WordAbingdon Press, 2003

God Don’t Like Ugly: African American Women Handing on Spiritual ValuesAbingdon Press, 2000


“Prophetic Truth Telling in a Time of Fatigue and Fragmentation,” in Questions Preachers Ask, Westminster John Knox, 2017

“Reestablishing the Purpose and Power of the Preached Word through Black Church Studies,” The Black Church Studies Reader, Palgrave Macmillan, January 01, 2016

“Matthew 15:1-11, 12-20, 21-28: Homiletic Strategy Entries,” Feasting on the Gospels, Matthew vol 2, Westminster John Knox, December 09, 2013

“Opening Pandora’s Box: Reflections on Sexuality for the Bible-Based Church,” Doing Church: A Practical Guide for Ministry, New Seasons Press, January 01, 2010

“Poetic Persuasion: A Master Class on Speaking the Truth to Power,” Our Sufficiency is of God: Essays on Preaching in Honor of Gardner C. Taylor, Mercer University Press, March 01, 2010

“Birthing A Sermon,” Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process, Chalice Press, January 01, 2001

“How Beautiful Are the Feet” Award, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, 2020

Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory University, 2017

Faculty Person of the Year, Candler School of Theology, 2014

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

Introduction to Preaching

Preaching, Language, and Popular Culture

Contemporary Black Preaching

Black Church Studies Reflection Seminar

Transformative Voices

Women and Preaching

Prophetic Voices for a New Century

In the media

May 9, 2023

How to Keep Preaching Fresh

February 10, 2023

Preaching and The Holy Spirit

March 12, 2021

Teresa Fry Brown on Mentorship

January 23, 2020

Service of Word

December 30, 2019

Watch Night services hold significance for many metro Atlanta churches

February 4, 2019

‘Do the work your soul must have’: Honoring Katie Geneva Cannon

September 16, 2018

"Say A Word", Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Fry Brown

September 17, 2020

Service of Word

February 23, 2018

Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown Preaches at San Francisco Theological Seminary

October 16, 2017

A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown hosted by Dr. Frank A. Thomas

June 18, 2015

Emanuel AME Church: the latest victim of violence against black churches

March 28, 2008

Did Obama's pastor preach hate?

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