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News from the Hill April 25, 2013 | back to index

New Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship and Director of Wilson Chapel


Dean of the Faculty & Vice President for Academic Affairs Sarah B. Drummond is pleased to announce that, after a nationwide search, Adam Hearlson has been appointed Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship and the Director of Wilson Chapel.

Adam is completing his doctorate in Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. His dissertation, “Preaching as Sabotage: Power, Practice, and Proclamation” examines the role of oppressive power dynamics in local congregations and how preaching might be shaped as an art of holy subversion. Originally from California, Adam received his B.A. from Vanguard University and his M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary. Adam has also served congregations in Costa Mesa, California; at the Princeton University Chapel; and in Warren, New Jersey. Adam is a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ, to be ordained this June.

Currently, Adam’s research interests include the role of worship in social resistance, how visual images are being incorporated into the preaching moment, and the role of food in Christian ritual. Adam is fascinated by the myriad ways in which people live out their faith. He enjoys NBA basketball and cooking for his family. Adam, his spouse Christy Lang Hearlson, and their newborn son Elliot Chad Hearlson will relocate to Newton this summer.

Dean Drummond says, “Adam impressed our faculty with his intense intelligence, easygoing manner, and electrifying creativity. Students spoke of how at-ease they felt with Adam and how much they learned from him during his campus visit. Our School will be enriched by his presence as we continue to imagine our educational programs into the future of faith community leadership.”