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.”