Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thomas

PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric

Frank A. Thomas, PhD, serves as the Director of the PhD Program in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric and the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Thomas is the author of How to Preach a Dangererous Sermon (Abingdon Press 2018), and Introduction to the Practice of African American Preaching (Abingdon Press 2016). He co-edited Preaching with Sacred Fire: An Anthology of African American Sermons 1750 to the Present with Martha Simmons (W.W. Norton & Company 2010). This critically acclaimed book offers a rare view of the unheralded role of the African American preacher in American history. Thomas is also the author of several other books on subjects from matters of prayer to spiritual maturity. A revised and updated version of his book, They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God: The Role of Celebration in Preaching, was released in 2013, and to complement this classic preaching book, Thomas later published the Preaching as Celebration Digital Lecture Series and Workbook.

Thomas taught preaching to Doctoral and Masters level students at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago IL, Memphis Theological Seminary in Memphis TN, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton OH. He is the CEO of Hope For Life International, Inc., which formerly published The African American Pulpit. Thomas also serves as a member of the International Board of Societas Homiletica, an international society of teachers of preaching.

Thomas served with distinction as the senior pastor for two remarkable congregations: New Faith Baptist Church of Matteson IL, and Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church of Memphis TN. He holds a PhD in Communications (Rhetoric) from the University of Memphis, Doctor of Divinity degrees from Christian Theological Seminary and United Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts in African-Caribbean Studies from Northeastern Illinois University.