cleo larue updateFrancis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics
Department of Practical Theology
102 Templeton Hall
Phone: 609.497.7874
Fax: 609.924.2973
Email: [email protected]
(National Baptist)




Cleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Baylor University, his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. He specializes in the theory and method of African American preaching and worship. An ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention of America, LaRue is the former pastor of two churches in Texas as well as the former interim pastor of churches in Harlem and Jamaica Queens, New York. He is a frequent speaker at churches, seminaries, and conferences throughout the country and is a member of the Academy of Homiletics.

Major Publications

Colored Preaching: The Shape of Christian Proclamation in the Global South (forthcoming)
Toward a Deeper Understanding of Celebration in African American Preaching (Westminster John Knox Press, forthcoming fall 2016)
I Believe I'll Testify: Reflections on African American Preaching,(Westminster John Knox Press, 2010)

More Power in the Pulpit: How America's Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons, editor  (Westminster John Knox Press, 2009)
The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008) Co-editors Paul Scott Wilson, Jana Childers, and John M. Rottman
This Is My Story: Testimonies and Sermons of Black Women in Ministry, editor  (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005)
Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons, editor.  (Westminster John Knox Press, 2002)
The Heart of Black Preaching (Westminster John Knox Press, 1999)