The School of Mission and Theology welcomes Jennifer Ackerman as assistant professor of preaching. For the last five years, Dr. Ackerman has served as the director of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Preaching—A Lloyd John Ogilvie Initiative, where she has worked to catalyze a movement of empowered, wise preachers who live and lead at the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice. With nearly 30 years experience facilitating the worship and preaching efforts of churches in multiple denominations across the US, and as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she will also serve as the seminary’s liaison to the denomination.
She holds an MDiv and a PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller and has experience as a professional musician. Believing her roles as pastor and academic are to be a spiritual guide, Ackerman is eager to walk alongside students as an advocate, partner, confidant, and truth-teller, to inspire and equip through fresh pedagogies in worship and preaching, to facilitate spiritual programs that engage intellect as well as emotion, encouraging wonder and awe rather than dogmatic certitude. Her desire is to bring all of these sensitivities to serve particularly Fuller’s online students, especially women sensing a call to vocational ministry across the country and around the world.