Michael Pasquarello joined the School of Theology faculty in July 2015 as the Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching, coming from Asbury Theological Seminary, where he was Granger E. and Anna A. Professor of Preaching.
Dr. 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—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.
Mike and his wife, Patti, who is a nurse educator, have four grown children and an enthusiastic Boston terrier named Bella. Mike is an avid sports fan and an extremely loyal Duke Blue Devil.
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
The theology and practice of preaching, homiletics, liturgy, worship, and sacramental theology, the theology of St. Augustine, the history of preaching and of biblical interpretation, Anglican history, ecclesiology, practical theology, spiritual formation, pastoral ministry, Bonhoeffer as a homiletic theologian
Contributions to Edited Volumes
- God’s Ploughman: Hugh Latimer, A Preaching Life, 1490–1555, Studies in Christian History and Thought (Paternoster, 2014)
- Sacred Rhetoric: Preaching as Theological and Pastoral Practice of the Church (Eerdmans, 2005, rpr. Wipf & Stock, 2012).
- Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation (Baker Academic, 2006, rpr. Wipf & Stock, 2011).
- John Wesley: A Preaching Life (Abingdon Press, 2010).
- We Speak Because We Have First Been Spoken: A “Grammar” of the Preaching Life (Eerdmans, 2009).
- Narrative Reading, Narrative Preaching: Reuniting New Testament Interpretation and Christian Proclamation, coeditor and contributor with Joel B. Green (Baker Academic, 2003).
Contributing Writer Publications
- “The Use of Scripture in Preaching,” in Written on Our Hearts: The Interpretation and Use of Scripture in the Wesleyan Tradition, ed. Joel B. Green and David Watson (Baylor University Press, 2012).
- “Listening in Proclamation,” in Developing Ears to Hear: Listening in Pastoral Ministry, the Spiritual Life, and Theology, ed. Aaron Perry (Emeth Press, 2011).
- “The Holy Spirit and Revitalization,” in Interpretive Trends in Christian Revitalization for the Early Twentieth Century, ed. Steve O’ Malley (Emeth Press, 2011).
- “The Practical Wisdom of John Wesley,” in The Relevance of Wesleyan Theology: Essays in Honor of Laurence E. Wood, ed. Nathan Crawford (Wipf & Stock, 2011).
Papers and Essays
- Feasting on the Word. Lectionary Commentary Series (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2009– ). Selected lessons for Sundays during the season after Pentecost and the season of Eastertide.
- The Wesley Bible, Abingdon Press, 2008 (assorted articles on Wesleyan theology).
- The Christian Century, “Blogging Toward Sunday,” homiletic commentary on the lectionary texts, Fall 2008
- Guest editor (with Lester Ruth) and contributing writer, Liturgy 28, no. 2 (2013): “Introduction: Spiritual Reading of Scripture and Liturgical Imagination” and “Doxological Reading and Eschatological Imagination.”
- “God our Teacher: A Wesleyan Vision of Theological Education,” The Wesleyan Theological Journal, Spring 2013.
- “Heard any Good Sermons on Torture Lately?” The Asbury Journal, Fall 2009.
- “Sacramental Theology,” in Abingdon New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 5, 2008.
- “Preaching At-one-ment: Reconciling our Words and Life,” Catalyst, Spring 2008.
- “Erasmus and the Renewal of Preaching,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2006.
- “John Wesley: Homiletic Theologian,” Asbury Theological Journal, Spring 2006.
- “Preaching Commentary for the Season after Pentecost,” Clergy Journal, Spring 2005.
- “Preaching the Lessons for the Sundays in Lent,” Lectionary Homiletics, February 2005.
- “Preaching as a Spiritual Practice,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2005.
- “The Passion: Can Cinema Replace the Church?” Divinity: Duke University 3 no. 3, Spring 2004.
- “Evangelizing England: The Importance of the Book of Homilies for the Popular Preaching of Hugh Latimer & John Wesley,” Asbury Theological Journal (Spring/Fall 2004).
- “Prophetic Preaching in the English Reformation: Making Room for the Word,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2004.
- “John Calvin: Homiletic Theologian,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2003.
- “Preaching Commentary for Pentecost and Trinity Sunday,” Clergy Journal, November 2003.
- “Preaching Resurrection: the Sermo Humilis of Augustine,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2002.
- “Preaching Commentary for the Season after the Epiphany,” Clergy Journal, November 2002.
- “Notes from the History of Preaching” Catalyst, December 2001.
- “Teaching Preaching: The Wisdom of Augustine’s On Christian Doctrine,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 2001.
- “Preaching the Cross and Resurrection: Wisdom from the Christian Past,” Catalyst, 2001.
- “John Jewel: Preaching Prelate,” Anglican and Episcopal History, October 2000.
- “God’s Ploughman, the Practical Theology of Hugh Latimer,” Annual Papers of the Academy of Homiletics, 1999.
- Contributing Preacher: Duke Divinity School Faith & Leadership Web Newsletter: “An Impossibly Pregnant Church (December 2011), “So, What Are We Waiting For” (May 2014).
- Guest editor (with Lester Ruth, Duke Divinity School) and contributing writer, “Introduction: Spiritual Reading of Scripture and Liturgical Imagination” and “Doxological Reading and Eschatological Imagination,” Liturgy 28, no. 2 (2013).