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Jared E. Alcántara, PhD

Director of the MA in Ministry Program
Professor of Homiletics

Education

BA, Wheaton College

MDIV, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

ThM, New College, University of Edinburgh

PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary

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Jared E. Alcántara is an Associate Professor of Homiletics. He was born and raised in New Jersey and gave his life to Christ at the age of fourteen. He is half-Latino (Honduran) and half-white. He has served as a youth pastor and associate pastor in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oregon and, from 2010-2014, he was a part-time teaching pastor in Ewing, New Jersey. He is an ordained Baptist minister.

Prior to Trinity, Jared also served as an adjunct instructor in New York City, as a doctoral teaching fellow in Homiletics in Princeton, New Jersey, and guest taught for a short-term course in Coonoor, India.

In May 2014, Jared successfully defended his dissertation, “Crossover Preaching: The Homiletical Legacy of Gardner C. Taylor And Its Contemporary Significance to Homiletics in the United States.” Drawing on recent developments in improvisational and intercultural theory, this dissertation proposes an improvisational-intercultural approach, or “crossover approach,” as a way forward in preaching and homiletical theory in the twenty-first century. The published version of this project, Crossover Preaching: Intercultural-Improvisational Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor, was released in October 2015.

Jared is passionate about equipping students to preach God’s Word in ways that are faithful, effective, clear, creative, and inspiring. His research interests are various: Global South preaching; homiletical theory; preaching and New Media; social location; and the role of race and ethnicity in preaching, especially in Latino/a and African American contexts.

Jared lives in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Jennifer, and their three daughters. He plays piano, enjoys disc golf, and is a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan. He started at Trinity in 2014.

Selected Publications

  • Learning from a Legend: What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us About Preaching (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016).
  • Crossover Preaching: Improvisational-Intercultural Homiletics in Conversation with Gardner C. Taylor (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2015).
  • “The Last Pulpit Prince: Gardner C. Taylor.” Preaching (July-Aug 2014).
  • “Past Masters: Sandy Frederick Ray.” Preaching (March-April 2014).
  • “Counting the Costs of Perpetual Connection.” Media Development 42, no. 2 (April 2012).
  • (Co-authored with Jeffrey D. Arthurs). “Perpetually Connected?: The Effects and Implications of Ambient Technology on Christian Worshippers.” Africanus Journal 3, no. 1 (April 2011): 5-14.
  • Book reviews in journals such as Teaching Theology and Religion, Koinonia, Trinity Journal, and The Journal for the Evangelical Homiletics Society  

Selected Awards, Affiliations, and Achievements

  • TEDS Faculty of the Year – 2017
  • Evangelical Homiletics Society – Member since 2010. Member-at-large, 2014-15.
  • Academy of Homiletics – Member since 2009
  • Hispanic Theological Initiative – Member since 2010
  • Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship (2013-2014) – www.louisville-institute.org
  • Merit Tuition Scholarship and PhD Studies Grant (2009-2013) – Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Parish Pulpit Fellowship (2004-2005) – Church of the Pioneers
  • Acton Institute Homiletics Award (2004) – www.acton.org

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