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Dr. Jeffrey W. Frymire

jeff_frymireAssociate Professor of Homiletics

Expertise:

  • Narrative Preaching
  • Creativity in Preaching
  • Performance Theory in Preaching

Education:

  • B.A., Anderson University, 1975
  • M.A., Anderson University, 1987
  • M.Div., Anderson University, 1991
  • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012

After more than 30 years in pastoral ministry in the Church of God (Anderson) in Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, and California, Dr. Frymire was accepted at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2006. He obtained a Ph.D. in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Homiletics in 2010. His dissertation focused on “Creating Interesting Sermons: The Use of Imagination, Creativity, and Novelty in Preaching.” Following graduation, Dr. Frymire spent two years as a Post Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Princeton Theological Seminary where he taught in the areas of homiletics and speech.

In addition to being in pastoral ministry, Dr. Frymire was elected to the Ministries Council of the Church of God, the national leadership board for the church. He served the Ministries Council as Secretary, a member of the Executive Committee, Secretary to the General Director Search Committee, and Chair of the Reconciliation Committee.  He has been a featured speaker at the North American Convention of the Church of God and was the 2012 Baccalaureate speaker for Princeton Theological Seminary’s graduation exercises.

Dr. Frymire authored his first book in 2006 entitled, “Preaching the Story: How to Communicate God’s Word Through Narrative Sermons” published by Warner Press. He continues to teach these principles in the classroom, through preaching clinics (such as the Joe Engle Preaching Conference at Princeton and the annual North American Preaching Clinic hosted by the Anderson School of Theology), and at ministerial gatherings.

He and his wife, Joan (an ordained minister and president of the Worship Society of the Church of God) have three sons (Doug, Jonathan and Joel), all of whom are active ministers in the Church of God, and two grandchildren.

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