Rev. Jana Childers, Ph.D.

Dean, Professor of Homiletics and Speech Communication
Graduate School of Theology

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Education

PhD, Graduate Theological Union

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary

BA, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Contact

P: 415.451.2859
E: jana_childers@redlands.edu
E: jchilders@sfts.edu

Meet Jana

The Rev. Dr. Jana L. Childers, Dean of the Seminary and Vice-President of Academic Affairs is also Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication at San Francisco Theological Seminary. She is a Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Kansas and New Jersey before joining the seminary faculty. Interests in the arts, spirituality and worship supplement Jana’s “central and great love” – preaching. She is the author and editor of a number of books and articles on preaching including Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre and the award winning, Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers and Creative Process.

Jana is a popular conference speaker, preaching often in national and international settings and is the recent past-President of her professional organization, The Academy of Homiletics. She has appeared regularly on Thirty Good Minutes, the television program produced by the Chicago Sunday Evening Club, was co-host of the San Francisco CBS affiliate’s television program Mosaic and was featured on the Hallmark Channel’s Great Preachers series.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Homiletics

Performance Studies and Preaching

Preaching the Gospel of Mark

Advanced Homiletical Theory

Reformed Worship

Preaching as Theatre

Fundamentals of Speech

Oral Interpretation

Experience

2002-2009, 2013-Present: Dean of the Seminary and Vice President for Academic Affairs, San Francisco Theological Seminary

1999-Present: Professor of Homiletics and Speech-Communication, San Francisco Theological Seminary

1993-1999: Associate Professor, Homiletics and Speech-Communication, San Francisco Theological Seminary

1987-1993: Assistant Professor, Speech-Communication and Homiletics, San Francisco Theological Seminary

1985-1987: Instructor in Speech and Homiletics, San Francisco Theological Seminary

1982-1985: Assistant Pastor, Pluckemin Presbyterian Church, Pluckemin, NJ

1982-1985: Adjunct Faculty in Speech and Preaching, Princeton Theological Seminary

1981: Intern Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Wichita, Kansas

1978-1979: Director of Concerts, Three J's East Management, Princeton, NJ

1977-1978: Director of Public Affairs, WPOW Radio, New York, NY

Publications

New Interpreter’s Handbook of Preaching, Associate Editor. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008

Performance in Preaching: Bringing the Sermon to Life, Co-editor with Clay Schmit. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2008

Purpose of Preaching, Editor. St. Louis:  Chalice Press, 2004

Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on Creative Process, Editor. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001

Performing the Word: Preaching as Theatre. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 3, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 2, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997

Women’s Preaching Annual Series I, Volume 1, Co-editor with Lucy Rose. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996

Affiliations

Academy of Homiletics

Society of Biblical Literature

Religious Communication Association