Rev. Dr. Karyn L. Wiseman is Associate Professor of Homiletics at the United Lutheran Seminary with campuses in Philadelphia and Gettysburg. She is an ordained pastor in The United Church of Christ and has twenty years of experience pastoring churches in Kansas, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Her degree is in Liturgical Studies, with major study in both Preaching and Emerging Trends in the Church. She studied with Dr. Leonard Sweet and received her PhD from Drew University in 2006.
Dr. Wiseman is especially interested in engaging the 21st century church for vital ministry, equipping established communities to take on new models and methods for church, and employing postmodern ideas to reengage younger generations in preaching and worship. Social media is a big part of her work. Her first book, I Refuse to Preach a Boring Sermon: Engaging 21st Century Listeners, was published in 2013 by Pilgrim Press. She has written numerous commentaries for Working Preacher, ONScripture, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, and others. Currently she is working on her next book about preaching and social media.
Dr. Wiseman also pastors Gloria Dei Church in Huntingdon Valley, PA as their principle preaching pastor. Ministry explorations at this church excite her as they together are determining what’s next for the church in the midst of current cultural change.
Karyn lives with her family in the Philadelphia area where they love to visit historical sites, go to the movies, and to head up to NYC to see musicals/plays. Karyn utilizes social media in her personal and professional life and loves looking at the ways that culture and ministry intertwine. And she loves to preach.