Homiletical Consultants

Each preaching peer group has a homiletical consultant – a professor of preaching who has published in the area of homiletics.  The groups have a reading and resource guide, which includes writings by the consultant. Group members are asked to incorporate insights from the readings into their sermons. The consultant conducts several webinars with the group to offer in-person guidance.


Rev. Dr. Paul Scott Wilson - Professor of Homiletics Emeritus at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Wilson is a prolific author and one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America. He is the author of a number of books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, all published by Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor of The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.

Dr. Lucy Lind Hogan - Hugh LatimerElderdice Professor of Preaching and Worship Emerita

at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D. C. Ordained in the Episcopal Church, Lucy
has taught at Wesley since 1987. She received her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary
and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Maryland. Dr. Hogan is
the past president of Societas Homiletica, the international homiletic society, and served as
secretary of the North American Academy of Homiletics.

Rev. Dr. Larry parsley, a lover of stories and a career Baptist pastor, Larry is currently the senior pastor of Valley Ranch Baptist Church in Coppell, Texas. Dr. Parsley holds a Ph.D from Baylor in preaching and ethics and is a regular contributor to Mockingbird Ministries website (www.mbird.com) and Christianity Today, writing on the intersection of preaching and literature. 

Dr. Lee Ramsey is Marlon and Sheila Foster Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics Emeritus at Memphis Theological Seminary, Memphis, TN. He is the author of  Care-full Preaching: From Sermon to Caring Community and  Preachers and Misfits, Prophets, and Thieves: The Minister in Southern Fiction.


Dr. Richard F. Ward – Author, storyteller, and Professor of Homiletics and Worship, Phillips Theological Seminary

Rev. Edlen Cowley, Metro District Superintendent, North Texas Conference.

Rev. Cowley has served as an ordained clergyperson in the North Texas Conference (NTC) of the United Methodist Church since the year 2000. He was ordained a deacon in the year 2000 and an elder in 2003.

Edlen has served in many diverse ministry settings; he was an Assistant/Associate Pastor at St. Luke “Community” UMC, East Dallas (1994-2002), and an Associate/Campus Pastor St Andrew UMC, Plano (2006-2014). 

He has started two new churches in the (NTC); a multiethnic church, The East Grand/Owenwood Foundry Church in East Dallas (2003-2006), and a suburban church, St. Andrew Frisco/Connection UMC in Frisco (2010-2014). Since 2014, Edlen has served as Senior Pastor of Fellowship UMC in Trophy Club.

Edlen and his wife Jennifer have been married for 28 years. They have three children: Seth Tanner (21), Indigo Jillian-Marye (19), and Willow Eden-Victoria (15).

Rev. Dr. Zan Holmes, Pastor Emeritus of the 6,000 member St. Luke “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas; adjunct professor emeritus of Homiletics at Perkins School of Theology.

The Rev. Dr. Holmes, Jr. has authored several books, including Reaching for Renewal and When Trouble Comes, and has written chapters in Power in the Pulpit: How America’s Most Effective Black Preachers Prepare Their Sermons. He’s also widely known for his role as narrator and host of the “Disciple I Bible Study” video series.  

Dr. Ron Allen, Homiletical Consultant -Professor of Preaching Emeritus at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Dr. Allen received a Ph.D. degree from Drew University (1977), a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York (1974), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Phillips University (1971). He is the author of more than 40 books and more than 100 articles and chapters in books.


Dr. John C. Holbert - Lois Craddock Perkins Professor Emeritus of Homiletics, Perkins School of Theology at SMU