The Rev. Dr. Veronice Miles joined Wesley’s faculty in 2016 as Visiting Professor of Preaching after 10 years as a professor of preaching and religious education at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Attentive to the formative and transformative potential of preaching, Dr. Miles is committed to helping individuals and communities discover pathways for living the life of faith in word and deed. She is ordained Baptist and has participated in various facets of church and community ministry for more than 40 years.
Because we preach in the face of specific and often deeply rooted challenges to our identity and vocation, Dr. Miles is interested in the intersection of preaching and persistently threatening challenges that pervade U.S. culture, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and materialistic consumerism. Preaching does not ignore these challenges or concede defeat to the despairing realities of life. Rather, preaching emboldens individuals and communities of faith to live with hope as an expression of our affirmative response to God’s “yes” for creation and for our lives. Her current research, Preaching and the Anticipatory Language of Hope, explores preaching as a conduit of hope in the face of circumstances that seem to deny the plausibility of living with hope.