Keynote: I’m Gonna Sing! The Faith and Music of the Unknown Black Bards - Sat, Apr 9; 10:00am
Luke A. Powery is the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. He is the author of Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching (Abingdon Press) and a member of the executive lectionary team for The African American Lectionary, a project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Though he was nurtured in the Holiness-Pentecostal tradition, he is an ordained Baptist minister who has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. He aims to integrate his theological, homiletical and musical gifts and views his vocation as one of the Word, spoken and sung, even recording on various albums representing musical forms as diverse as Christian hip hop and children’s nursery rhymes. He is married to Gail Powery, and they have a daughter, Moriah, and a son, Zachary.