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The Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching
July 19 - 24, 2015

Princeton Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Joe R. Engle Institute of Preaching for preachers in their first three to seven years of ministry.

About the Engle Institute

The Engle Institute is a weeklong continuing education event that was envisioned and made possible by the dream and generosity of Joe R. Engle, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in New York City. The institute is designed to nurture and strengthen the craft of those who preach, ideally weekly, whether in city, suburb, small town, rural community, or other specialized ministries.

Engle Fellows and faculty gather for the week to participate together in the hospitality of the seminar room, the dinner table, and the chapel pew. Through hands-on workshops, seminars, tutorials, and conversations, Engle Fellows are supported and challenged to seek excellence in their preaching vocations. Apply to be a 2015 Engle Fellow if you want to reconnect vocationally with peers and practice the craft of preaching in the company of colleagues.

Engle Faculty

Please check back as we will be adding faculty

Michael BrothersMichael A. Brothers is associate professor of speech communication in ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. He holds an M.A. from Northwestern University’s School of Speech, and M.Div., Th.M., and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton Seminary. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Brothers served a congregation for seven years in Danville, Kentucky, where he also was chaplain of Centre College. His teaching and research interests include the relationship between performance studies, aesthetics, narrative, and preaching.

Nancy Lammers GrossNancy Lammers Gross is the Arthur Sarell Rudd Associate Professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned both her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Princeton Seminary. She is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, the National Communication Association/Religious Communication Association, and numerous academic administration professional organizations. Her areas of teaching interest include speech communication, preaching, worship, and hermeneutics. An ordained Presbyterian minister, she has served churches in California and New Jersey. She also served for ten years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry in the New Brunswick Presbytery, four of those years as co-moderator.

Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson is a PC(USA) teaching elder, serving as an adjunct assistant professor of Speech Communication in Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, the pastor of the Frenchtown Presbyterian Church in Frenchtown, New Jersey, and a consultant for churches and denominations in the area of preaching. His research interest is focused on missional preaching, and his forthcoming book is entitled Preaching for the Witnessing Community, published by IVP Academic. Patrick and his wife Caitlin have three children under the age of five, so most of his hobbies include short bike rides and hikes, reading "chapter books," and playing trains. Occasionally he manages to get into the workshop and make some sawdust.

Cleophus LaRueCleophus J. LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics. He 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.


In keeping with its ministerial focus, the Engle Institute invites a working preacher to serve as the pastor-in-residence for the week. The pastor-in-residence preaches for daily worship and is available to Engle Fellows throughout the week. This year we are pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery as Pastor-in-Residence. Dr. Powery will be preaching and leading worship with Dr. Martin Tel.

Luke PoweryLuke A. Powery, is the dean of Duke Chapel and an associate professor of the practice of homiletics at Duke Divinity School. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, performance studies, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora.

Martin Tel Martin Tel is the C. F. Seabrook Director of Music at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. At the seminary Martin conducts the seminary choirs, teaches courses in church music, and administers the music for the daily seminary worship services. He served as senior editor of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Faith Alive, 2012) and on the editorial committee producing a new hymnal for the Christian Reformed Church and Reformed Church in America denominations, Lift Up Your Hearts (June, 2013) . Musician and Worship Leader


Each morning of The Engle Institute, the Engle fellows and faculty gather together for the daily convocation session, led by a biblical scholar. The 2015 convocation leader is Dr. Brent Strawn.

Brent ShawBrent Strawn, is Professor of Old Testament at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University, where he is also affiliated with the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion. He directs the Doctor of Ministry program for Candler and is chair of the Ph.D. program in Hebrew Bible. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us about the Good Life (2012), and The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law (2014). He also served on the editorial board of The Common English Bible. He preaches and teaches across the country and has appeared on CNN numerous times. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (North Georgia Conference) and is married with three children.


Engle Fellows take part in a morning and afternoon workshop each day. Some workshops have four consecutive sessions and some have two. Workshop titles and descriptions are being added as we receive them. Engle Fellows will sign up for specific workshops in the registration process, after being admitted to the program. Workshop titles and descriptions will be posted at a later date.


Sunday, July 19  
2:00 p.m. Registration Opens
4:00 p.m. Orientation
6:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner Banquet
7:30 p.m. Opening Worship
Monday, July 20 - Thursday, July 23
7:30 – 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Convocation
10:15 – 12:15 p.m. Morning Workshops
12:15 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Workshops
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Reception Tuesday Only
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Except on Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Evening Worship Except on Wednesday
Friday, July 24
7:30 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Convocation
10:15a.m. Closing Program and Debriefing
12:00 p.m. Lunch

Fee & Application

How do I apply? The 2015 Engle application is completed online and is found here. If needed, you may begin the application, save it, and return to complete it later before submitting. Once you finish and submit the application, you will receive an email confirming its receipt. For more information and or any outstanding questions, email [email protected].

What is the fee? Because of the generosity of Joe R. Engle, the fee for the Engle Institute is $150, inclusive of lodging and meals.

When do I register? Registration for the 2015 Engle Fellowship is currently limited to 70 applicants who meet the selection criteria. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who may apply? Is the Engle Institute for you? It is if:

  • You are a seminary graduate (M.Div.) who has been preaching weekly for three to seven years
  • You wish to nurture and strengthen your preaching vocation
  • You currently serve in a ministry context that requires regular preaching/worship responsibilities, or you plan to seek a call in such a context
  • You are able to attend the entire week of the Engle Institute, from Sunday late afternoon through Friday lunch.

Attendance at the Engle Institute requires two steps, application and registration. All applicants will be notified by April 15, 2015.

When your application is approved, you will be e-mailed information on how to register for your workshop and pay the US$150 registration fee.