Lisa L. Thompson, a native of Cedar Grove, North Carolina, is an ordained Baptist minister and has served in university and parish ministry settings.

Dr. Thompson holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Religion from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. She previously held posts as the Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and as a Lilly Faculty Fellow at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.

Thompson’s publications include “Disruptive and Generative Preaching Practices” in Practical Matters Journal, and “In Search of our Mothers’ Healings: Holistic Wellbeing, Black Women, and Preaching” in Homiletic, The Journal for the Academy of Homiletics. Her forthcoming book is entitled Sacred Imaginings: Black Women and the Practice of Preaching.

Thompson has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Religion and Theology, the Fund for Theological Education, and the Lilly Endowment, Inc. funded Program of Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt University. She is the current president of the Black Caucus of the Academy of Homiletics.

In service, teaching, and scholarship, Dr. Thompson espouses holding concerns for the flourishing of God’s entire creation alongside intellectual rigor and respect for sacred traditions and texts.

Our lives are the texture of the texts we preach.” – Lisa L. Thompson