Kimberly R. Wagner

Assistant Professor of Homiletics; Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair in Homiletics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


The Rev. Dr. Kimberly R. Wagner joined the LSTC faculty in July 2018. Four years serving on the pastoral staff of a congregation in Virginia fueled and informed Wagner’s work and teaching. Her research, teaching and scholarship in homiletics have focused on the role of the church and all of God’s people as proclaimers of the gospel in an ever-changing world. Her current work focuses on preaching and trauma, thinking particularly about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the nature of trauma-informed and trauma-responsive preaching. Her dissertation, “From the Depths: Preaching in Wake of Mass Violent Trauma,” rethinks the task of preaching to communities in the immediate aftermath of an incident of mass gun violence.

Dr. Wagner believes that preaching requires a multidisciplinary perspective and interdisciplinary approach. In her courses and scholarship, Wagner seeks to bring into conversation a variety of scholars, fields, and perspectives. At LSTC, Wagner teaches foundational and advanced courses, including Introduction to Preaching, Ministerial Leadership I, Women Preaching/Preaching Women, and Preaching and Trauma. In addition, Dr. Wagner is an advisor and instructor in the ACTS (Association of Chicago Theological Schools) D.Min. in Preaching program. While Dr. Wagner is committed research and scholarship in the practice of preaching, she has a deep passion for teaching, advising, and mentoring students. When not teaching, preaching, or writing, she enjoys attending Chicago theater, exploring the city, and walking along the lakefront with her dog, Toby.

Sessions with Kimberly R. Wagner

Festival of Homiletics
2481 Como Ave
St Paul MN 55108
fax: 651-641-3531