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Richard F. Ward, PhD

  • Fred B. Craddock Professor of Homiletics and Worship
  • Director of Denominational Formation (United Church of Christ)
denominationUnited Church of Christ
phone(918) 270-6449


  • Preaching (enrichment)
  • Storytelling
  • Theology, Theatre and the Arts


  • BA, Oklahoma Baptist University, 1973
  • MFA, Trinity University (in conjunction with the Dallas Theater Center), 1976
  • MAR, Christian Theological Seminary, 1980
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1987

Key Facts

  • Joined PTS in 2010
  • Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ
  • Member of the Academy of Homiletics
  • Member of National Communication Association
  • Member of Religious Communication Association
  • Member of International Network of Biblical Storytellers
  • Serves on Editorial Board for Feasting on the Gospels after serving on the board for Feasting on the Word: A Lectionary Commentary Series for Westminster John Knox Press  
  • Contributes articles for the disciplines of homiletics, performance theory & communications studies
  • Married to Amy Smith Ward; two adult sons

Recent Publications

  • Bringing the Word to Life: Engaging the New Testament through Performing It (2014)
    co-author with David Trobisch
  • Speaking from the Heart: Preaching with Passion (2002)
  • Speaking of the Holy: The Art of Communication in Preaching (2002)
  • Co-editor, Craddock Series, with Mike Graves & Fred Craddock (2002)

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