Cleophus J. LaRue Jr.

Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics

Cleophus J. LaRue Jr.
Practical Theology
102 Templeton Hall

Phone: 609.497.7874
Fax: 609.924.2973
National Baptist

Cleophus J. LaRue, MDiv '90, PhD '96, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, earned his BA and MA degrees from Baylor University, his MDiv and PhD 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.

Select Publications

  • Colored Preaching: The Shape of Christian Proclamation in the Global South (forthcoming)
  • Rethinking Celebration: From Rhetoric to Praise in African American Preaching (Westminster John Knox Press, 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)

Educating faithful Christian leaders.

Youth Minister at Busbridge and Hambledon Church, Surrey, U.K.

Antonin Ficatier, Class of 2016

“What I like about working in an international church is that I’m always reminded that I’m a foreigner, that the land is not mine and I’m just a passenger on this journey.”