On Thursday, April 6, 2017, Fuller Theological Seminary installed Dr. Mike Pasquarello III as the Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching. In a service attended by staff, students, faculty, trustees, and deans emeriti, Dr. Pasquarello accepted the charges of his chair and promised to serve the school and the seminary faithfully.
Pasquarello joined the School of Theology faculty in July 2015 coming from Asbury Theological Seminary where he was Granger E. and Anna A. Professor of Preaching. Pasquarello began his professional career as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps before moving out of military life to answer the call to pastoral ministry. After attending Fuller Theological Seminary and Duke Divinity School, he was ordained in the United Methodist Church, serving as a pastor for 18 years in North Carolina with congregations in urban, suburban, and small town settings. He completed his PhD while serving in pastoral ministry, focusing on the history of preaching in relation to biblical interpretation, doctrine, worship, and the spiritual and moral life. He understands his work as a professor of preaching as contributing to the ongoing conversation between theological education and the church for the sake of God’s mission in the world.
While at Asbury Seminary he taught classes in the theology and practice of preaching, worship, and sacramental theology, as well as the theology of St. Augustine, the history of preaching, and the history of biblical interpretation. He also taught and mentored students in the Doctor of Ministry program. He was a member of Asbury Seminary’s Center for the Study of Christian Revitalization Movements and was editor of the Center’s newsletter, “Revitalization.” From 2007 to 2010, he directed a John Templeton Foundation grant “Science for Ministry,” which hosted three yearly conferences oriented toward assisting pastors to understand better how to address matters related to faith and science in ministry.
Pasquarello’s recent research has included contributing to a consultation on Homiletic Theology at the Academy of Homiletics and a book manuscript for Eerdmans that seeks to envision preaching from the perspective provided by theological aesthetics, The Beauty of Preaching. His current research—for the forthcoming book Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Homiletic Theologian and the subject of his installation homily—focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with particular emphasis on Bonhoeffer as a theologian who was deeply committed to the practice of preaching and the education and formation of preachers
The ceremony included a time of worship through songs led by the chapel team, remarks from President Mark Labberton and Provost Joel B. Green, and Lloyd John Ogilvie, namesake of the chair, provided the charge to Pasquarello. A reception followed the ceremony where students, faculty, staff, trustees, and family warmly celebrated Pasquarello and his installation.
Watch the full installation here.