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Dean of Duke University Chapel to Speak at Emmanuel Episcopal Church March 1

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 18, 2016 – King University is pleased to welcome The Rev. Dr. Luke A. Powery, dean of Duke University Chapel, as part of the King Institute for Faith and Culture’s 2015-16 Lecture Series. At 7 p.m. on March 1, Dr. Powery will speak on “Too Deep for Words: The Ministry of Groaning” at Emmanuel Episcopal Church located at 700 Cumberland Street in Bristol, Va. The event is co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier and King University’s Office of the Chaplain.

“The King Institute for Faith and Culture is delighted to have Dr. Powery on the spring 2016 program,” says Shannon Harris, Ph.D., interim director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “Dr. Powery is the first black dean of Duke Chapel, and is a compelling and creative preacher. He is also very talented musically, and has sought to spread the Gospel by recording on albums representing musical forms as diverse as Christian hip-hop and children’s nursery rhymes. Dr. Powery calls us to attention, and fits well with the King Institute for Faith and Culture’s mission to facilitate conversations between faith and culture, having interests ranging from the Holy Spirit and preaching, to worship’s relationship to social justice.”

In addition to serving as dean of Duke University Chapel, Dr. Powery is an associate professor in the practice of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., where he has served since 2012. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as 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 at the University of Toronto.

Powery’s teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written two books, titled “Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching,” and “Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope.” He is currently working on a co-authored introductory textbook on preaching, “Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place,” as well as two devotional books of meditations on the spirituals for the liturgical seasons of Advent and Lent.

Powery has received numerous scholastic fellowships and awards, including being inducted in 2014 into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society. He is a member of the Academy of Homiletics, for which he has served as secretary; the American Academy of Religion; and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. Powery also served as a member of the executive lectionary team for The African-American Lectionary. In 2008, the African-American Pulpit named him one of 20 outstanding black ministers under the age of 40 who are helping shape the future direction of the church.

The Rev. Dr. Luke Powery’s lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris, interim director of the King University Institute for Faith and Culture at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524 for additional information.


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