Mary Donovan Turner

Carl Patton Professor of Preaching

Academic Credentials: 
BA, Mississippi College, 1971; MSSW, University of Louisville, 1974; MDiv, Lexington Theological Seminary, 1982; PhD, Emory University, 1992.
“I have three major areas of interest that intersect in my teaching, research, and service. The first is preaching. The second, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. The third, women’s studies/voices. A look at my most recent publications and course offerings demonstrates how these three take precedence in my research and writing and how in an almost seemingly endless number of ways are put in conversation with each other.”

Dr. Turner is a highly regarded preacher in churches nationwide. As an ordained minister, she served congregations of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) before beginning her full-time teaching career. Her educational background in Old Testament and homiletics enables her to research and teach methodologies whereby the lives of the preacher and the community come into a responsible en-counter with the biblical text. In addition to publishing numerous articles, she is the author of The God We Seek (2011), Old Testament Words: Reflections for Preaching (2003), and The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible: Prophets I, vol. 6 (1996). With Mary Lin Hudson, she is co-author of Saved from Silence: Finding Women’s Voice in Preaching (1999).